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2011 Lexus IS250 Sedan

2011 Lexus IS250 Review

(4 Stars)  Good balance of luxury and performance

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The IS 250 is Lexus' smaller sedan. It is on par with the BMW 3 series or an Audi A4. It has been in production since 2000, with a major update in 2005. The IS 250 is a 5 passenger sedan with 4 wheel disc brakes mounted on 17" wheels. Rear wheel drive is standard with an option to have the engine drive all four wheels. The 250 is available in a retractable hardtop version, called the 250c, but the option for all wheel drive is not available with the convertible.

Power for this platform comes in the form a 2.5 liter V-6 which produces 204 HP and 185 Ft-Lbs. of torque. The engine is Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (ULEVII) certified. Power is routed out of the engine via a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission.

While the standard feature list is impressive, so are the options: Bi-Xenon headlights, Birdseye Maple interior, Navigation with rearview camera, and adaptive cruise control with Bluetooth. A performance package is also available which serves up larger wheels and tires along with some other sportier options.

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2011 IS250 Base Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L V 6 DOHC with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 19 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 376 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
17.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 204 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 185 ft lb of torque @ 4,800 rpm

'11 Lexus Sedan Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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