Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Lexus IS

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With the 2014 redesign of the IS, Lexus made its sports sedan more practical, fun to drive, luxurious inside and a lot hotter looking outside, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The third generation of the rear- or all-wheel-drive IS goes on sale this summer. Although it probably won't set the segment on fire, Mays says, it's still pretty appealing.

2014 Lexus IS Review

By Jennifer Geiger | March 25, 2013 | Comments (6)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Our video featuring PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the Ford Atlas at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit refused to budge from the top spot on the list of this week's most-watched videos. The concept truck was in good company this week as another video of the Atlas finding its way to the show floor in Detroit entered the list at No. 3. Yet another heavy-duty pickup truck from the Detroit auto show, the 2013 Ram HD 3500, joined the list in fifth place. Check out the top video above and see which others were popular this week:

1. Ford Atlas Concept
2. 2014 Kia Sorento
3. Ford Atlas Concept at the Detroit Auto Show
4. 2014 Lexus IS

5. 2013 Ram HD 3500

By Matt Schmitz | February 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Chicago Auto Show: What to Expect

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The Windy City is considered one of the fan-friendliest destinations during auto-show season, and to that end the 2013 Chicago Auto Show is unlikely to disappoint. This show will give visitors a first glimpse of a few new vehicles along with a closer look at a host of exciting cars that made flashy debuts at the Detroit auto show.

The 2013 Chicago show — the 105th time the event has been held since 1901, according to organizers — will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9-17 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, with media and charity previews Feb. 7-8, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Organizers promote the Chicago show as the largest in terms of exhibit space used, as it occupies 1 million square feet of floor space and hosts about 1,000 vehicles.

For those most interested in the latest thing, the Chicago show will host the world debuts of the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck and the Kia Cross GT Concept. That's in addition to the North American reveal of the new Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. The 2014 Ram ProMaster van and the custom Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid also are expected to be unveiled.

By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2013 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2006-12 Lexus IS

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Toyota's luxury arm is voluntarily recalling around 270,000 model-year 2006-12 versions of the Lexus IS due to a problem with the windshield wipers, the automaker announced this morning. It's Toyota's second recall today after this morning's Corolla and Matrix announcement.

In the affected vehicles, the front wiper arm nuts may not have been sufficiently tightened. If snow builds up on the windshield, the extra weight may cause the wipers to fail, obscuring visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners "in the near future," according to a statement, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Lexus at 800-255-3987 or visit www.lexus.com/recall for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

It's the Ford Atlas' world this week, and our other most-watched videos are just living in it. The video, featuring PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the Atlas concept truck at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit hauled straight to the top of the heap. The rest of the top five videos also are from the Detroit auto show, including last week's lone holdover — the show-stealing 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray; it moves up one spot to third place this week. Check out the top video above and see which others were popular this week:

1. Ford Atlas Concept
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50
3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
4. 2014 Lexus IS
5. 2014 Kia Sorento
By Matt Schmitz | January 26, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Lexus IS Video

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Lexus' rear-wheel-drive compact sedan is redesigned for 2014. The new Lexus IS has a more aggressive front end with an updated version of Lexus' spindle grille and expressive-looking headlights.

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With a larger backseat and high-quality materials throughout the cabin, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the interior is top-notch, but wonders how drivers will like the sedan's new touch-sensitive climate control panel. Check out the video below.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport: Photo Gallery

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Lexus’ small sports sedan gets an entirely new look for the 2014 model year. Outside, the design now resembles other new Lexus sedans with an oversized spindle grille dominating the front bumper. Dagger-like LEDs accent the headlights, which are integrated into the bumper.

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Inside, the 2014 IS gets a layout similar to those of the newer GS and ES models. The cabin features touch-sliding controls for the climate control, a roomier backseat, new multimedia system and a batch of available active safety features. Check out the photos below.

By Robby DeGraff | January 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport: Up Close

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The Lexus IS' dominant design theme is its oversized spindle grille, which looks great in the F Sport trim on display at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. LED daggers below the headlights complement the pinched upper area of the grille, and the dagger theme is mimicked in the taillights.

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The interior sees even bigger changes than the outside, with an all-new dashboard design that adopts the slightly industrial, stacked design of other recently redesigned Lexus models. The F Sport's black-and-red interior looks great, too.

By Mike Hanley | January 16, 2013 | Comments (13)

2014 Lexus IS at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Competes with: BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Infiniti Q50
  • Looks like: The IS aims to intimidate you with its spindle grille
  • Drivetrain: 2.5-liter V-6 or 3.5-liter V-6 engine with six- or eight-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Summer 2013

After revealing exterior and interior photos of its 2014 IS last week, Lexus provided more details on the sport sedan as part of the car's debut today at the 2013 Detroit auto show.

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The 2014 IS will again be offered in IS 250 and IS 350 versions, powered by a 2.5-liter V-6 and a 3.5-liter V-6, respectively. Horsepower and torque figures for the engines weren't released, but the powerplants carry over from the 2013 IS, so expect similar output. (The 2013 IS 250 made 204 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque while the IS 350 produced 306 hp and 277 pounds-feet of torque.) The rear-wheel-drive IS 350 now gets the eight-speed automatic transmission from the IS F high-performance model but the rest of the lineup features a six-speed automatic.

By Mike Hanley | January 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

Lexus Moves to Free Traffic, Weather Updates

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The weather and traffic updates that are delivered to cars are two of the most useful features for commuters. But nearly all versions of the technology offered in cars today require a subscription of some kind with an additional monthly fee. Lexus will start to make these features free.

The automaker announced that it will become the first in the industry to provide subscription-free, real-time traffic and weather information on its integrated audio systems. It will debut in the redesigned Lexus IS sport sedan that will appear on Tuesday at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

For vehicles equipped with navigation, a new piece of technology will allow digital traffic and weather information to be received from both HD radio stations and cellphone networks using the driver's smartphone that’s connected to the Lexus Enform system. For vehicles without navigation, the automaker will offer a standard display audio system providing the free information via HD radio stations nationwide.

The new Lexus IS equipped with the free updates arrives at dealerships this summer.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

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