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2012 Lexus IS250 Sedan

2012 Lexus IS250 Review

(0 Stars)  Compact sport sedans and convertibles that are more refined than sporty.

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Overview
The Lexus IS has morphed from one sedan into a family of luxury/performance cars. The sedan comes with two available V-6 engines plus a V-8 for the ultra-high-performance IS F. Both of the six-cylinder models, the IS250 and the IS350, are available with all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive can't be paired with the six-speed manual transmission, but we suspect that few people choose the stick shift anyway, which is available only with the smaller six. A manual transmission might be more popular in the IS F, if it were offered. The IS F was the first Lexus with a true sporting bent; it competes with the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, even if it's not quite as competent. Still, its 416-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 will fling this sedan to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The IS F is dressed in an extroverted body kit and is upgraded with Brembo brakes and a stiff suspension. For those who want some of that sporty gear but don't want to shell out $62,175 for the IS F, the F Sport package has front and rear spoilers and a darker grille, seats with additional side bolsters, plus other special trim. Mechanical F Sport upgrades (brakes, suspension, wheels, exhaust) are available as dealer accessories. In addition to the sedans, there is an IS convertible, which features a retractable hardtop. It's available with the same powertrain choices as the sedan's, but there's no F version.

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2012 IS250 Base Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L V six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 20 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

'12 Lexus Sedan Standard Equipment

  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
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  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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