The Lexus of small luxury sport sedans.
Totally redesigned for 2014, the Lexus IS sport sedan is sportier than ever. But beneath the taut sheetmetal and more athletic suspension, the IS remains arguably the smartest choice among all small luxury sport sedans thanks to excellent resale value, a strong reputations for reliability and a dealership experience that many owners find as satisfying as the cars themselves.
The IS 250 features a 204-horsepower V6, while the faster and pricier IS 350 features a larger, 306-horsepower V6. Each is available in rear- or all-wheel drive, and with an F-Sport upgrade that brings sportier looks and handling, but no more power. A rear-drive IS 250 is the most popular version, and plenty of car for most.
Some driving impressions from our 2014 Lexus IS full review: "Outward visibility is good, and the tight turning radius makes quick work of U-turns and low-speed parking maneuvers. In terms of power, the carryover 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines offer plenty of thrust for passing and merging."
Build and Price
The 2014 Lexus IS starts at around $37,000 (with destination charges) and gets pretty close to $50,000 when fully loaded. Build and price your own 2014 Lexus IS right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
While the Lexus IS Sedan was completely redesigned for 2014, the Lexus IS Convertible and high-performance Lexus IS-F carried over into 2014 unchanged. The Lexus IS will soon be joined by the 2015 Lexus RC, a coupe based on much of the same architecture but with even bolder, sportier sheetmetal. Or, for a lower price and higher fuel economy, the Lexus CT 200h hybrid is available right now.
CJEK1976 from Louisiana rated the IS a 9 out of 10 and had this to say: "The Nuluxe interior feels much more like leather than the MB-Tex in my Mercedes. The car is smooth, the engine is super quiet and everything is placed out perfectly. The 2.5 is adequate and the design has garnered a bunch of attention and most has been very positive. I switched to Lexus so that I could keep a car past warranty." Read more consumer reviews of the third-generation Lexus IS.
Others to Consider
The 2014 Lexus IS is one of six excellent cars that compete in the small luxury sedan category pioneered by the BMW 3 Series.
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