2014 Lexus IS 250

MSRP $36,100 - $38,635

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2014 Lexus IS 250 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The IS 250 is the smallest sedan from the Japanese manufacturer and a pretty worthy contender as well in the entry-level premium sedan segment. Lexus IS 250 has been here for quite a while and silently raking sales figures for itself while a lot of people don’t pay attention to its existence. 

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Pros

Bold new looks

Much-improved interior design

LFA-inspired details

Strong V-6 engine

Cons

Hybrid unavailable in the U.S.

No manual transmission option

Cramped interior

What's New?

Completely redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36100

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

149 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

204 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

185 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

110.2 in.

length

183.7 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

56.3 in.

curb weight

3461 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

1169 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/30 mpg

highway range

522 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$36,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Lexus IS 250 in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


But now for the year 2014, Lexus has decided that they are going to change that by restyling the car and adding a lot of quirkiness to it so that you’ll never forget it ever after. 2014 Lexus IS 250 rivals the likes of the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4.


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2014 Lexus IS 250 Features

8.5/10

2014 IS 250 is only available in one fully specced trim and it can be optioned as rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. While prices for the rear-wheel-drive IS 250 starts at around $36,100, the all-wheel-drive comes at a premium of nearly $2,500 at $38,635. For all that money you get features like a sunroof, keyless ignition, electrochromic rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, daytime running lights, Lexus’ NuLuxe vinyl upholstery, and Satellite radio. A few optional upgrades are available, which can further add up to a couple of grand extra in the bill.

Trim

Lexus IS 250

MSRP (RWD)

$36,100

MSRP (AWD)

$38,635

Key Features

Sun/moonroof

 

Optional Rear View Camera

 

Keyless Ignition

 

Electrochromic Rearview Mirror

 

Dual Zone Climate Control

 

Optional Premium Sound System

 

Daytime Running Lights

 

Premium Synthetic Seats

 

Satellite radio

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2014 IS 250 comes in only one fully loaded trim, prices for which start at just over $36,000. It is a pretty loaded trim. Also, the car is pretty equipped with safety features like 6 airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, ABS with EBD, traction control, automatic headlamps, and can also be equipped with an optional front crash prevention system.

2014 Lexus IS 250 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

There are no changes in terms of the powertrain for the new car. But the suspension and steering have been tuned for improved handling characteristics. Apart from that, under the hood is still the very trustworthy 2.5L naturally aspirated V6 producing 204hp and 184lb-ft of torque. While that can be just enough for most of the applications, these figures aren’t something we would particularly call exciting. It is among the least powerful engines in its class and you don’t want to drive a car that makes less power, do you?

This engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and while the engine is a slow responsive one, the gearbox on the other hand is working hard to keep you in the powerband. The power can be sent either to the rear wheels or all the wheels depending on what layout you opted for. For city drives, the car is pretty much doing the job well and keeps up with the traffic with relative ease. But things change as soon as you hit the highway speeds as the engine starts to struggle every once in a while when you want to pull an overtake.

Models

2014 Lexus IS 250

2014 BMW 3-Series 328i

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Sport

2014 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro

MSRP

$38,635

$39,300

$39,400

$35,900

Engine 

2.5L V6

2.0L Turbo I-4

3.5L V6

2.0L Turbo I-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

204hp @ 6400 rpm

240hp @ 5000 rpm

248hp @ 6500 rpm

220hp @ 4450 rpm

Torque

184 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

255 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

251 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.9

6.1

6.5

NA

Quarter mile (sec)

16

14.5

14.8

14.9

Top Speed (MPH)

130

130

130

NA

By numbers as well, it is quite evident that the car is the least powerful. With a zero to sixty time of just below 8 secs, it is the slowest one as well. Also, the Lexus has the least number of gears while others come with 8-speed automatics. BMW and Audi sport an Inline-4 turbo motor, unlike the Lexus and Mercedes-Benz which still sport a naturally aspirated V6 motor. Rivals offer more torque and they are competitively priced as compared to the Lexus. Seems like the Japanese lost to the Germans in terms of performance and that too quite badly. Coincidentally, all sedans have a similar top speed of 130 MPH. 

2014 Lexus IS 250 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

We thought that a less powerful engine would be more fuel-efficient as that is pretty much the basic math, but that is also certainly not the case here. The 2014 Lexus IS 250 sedan returns 21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined according to the EPA. With all-wheel-drive, the IS 250 AWD drops slightly to 20/27/23 mpg city/highway/combined driving cycles respectively. With a fuel tank of 17.4 gallons, the 2014 IS250 has a near to 400 miles of tank range and that makes it quite an efficient highway cruiser.

Models

2014 Lexus IS 250

2014 BMW 3-Series 328i

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Sport

2014 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro

MPG (City)

20

22

19

20

MPG (Highway)

27

33

28

29

MPG (Combined)

23

26

22

24

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

17.4 

15.8

17.4

16.1

Range (City/ Highway/Combined) (miles)

348/469.8/400.2

347.6/521.4/410.8

330.6/487.2/382.8

3 22/466.9/386.4

Unsurprisingly, the BMW is the one which is the most fuel-efficient car here, averaging 26 MPG. And despite having the smallest fuel tank, it still manages to have the most driving range compared to others. The least efficient C-Class just lost the battle in terms of driving range despite having among the largest fuel tanks here. Lexus barely manages to make it past the Merc in terms of fuel economy and driving range.

2014 Lexus IS 250 Interior

6.0/10

Lexus has also done quite a lot to update the touch and feel of the cabin of 2014 IS 250. There is this new NuLuxe vinyl upholstery that is standard, while the leather seating is optional. The materials used inside the cabin are good with some hard plastics only on the lower part of the dashboard. The shape of the dashboard is quite interesting and unique from the rather very conventional-looking dash of german sedans. There is faux wood trim and though it looks good, one can still get real wood as an optional. The overall design is very typical Lexus and it can be seen that it is designed keeping the driver in mind as most of the controls are in a way cocooned around the driver’s seat. 

The front seats are 8-way power adjustable which is a welcoming change from the previous generation cars. The seats are also draped in the same false leather but this is good enough and we don’t feel someone will need to opt for real leather. Good thing is that the seats are quite broad and the legroom is more than ample. Now the scenario is opposite for the rear seats as here the legroom is the minimum of the bunch. Nonetheless, it is not a squeeze either. The previous-generation car used to have literally one of the worst back seats in the segment but things have been changed now and can be comfortable here.

Models

2014 Lexus IS 250

2014 BMW 3-Series 328i

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Sport

2014 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/55.9/44.8

40.3/55.1/42

37.1/54.7/41.7

38/55.5/41.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.7/55.1/35.1

36.9/55/33.4

37.5/54.3/35.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

13.8

13

12.4

12.4

In the front row, 2014 Lexus IS 250 has the most amount of legroom and headroom available than its competitors so even quite tall people will be able to get in and out of these seats easily. The side bolstering holds you well and stops you from getting tossed around much. The rear is the most spacious in the Audi which is quite unusual as Mercedes Benz are the ones which mostly have the most spacious rear seats in the segment. The Lexus also has the highest amount of cargo space of 13.8 cu.-ft. The 2014 Audi A4 and C-Class share a similar cargo capacity of 12.4 cu.-ft.

Standout interior features:

  • Leather Accents on Steering Wheel and Transmission Knob
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • 8-way power front seats with two-way lumbar support
  • Leatherette premium vinyl upholstery
  • Heated front seats

How intuitive is the 2014 Lexus IS 250’s infotainment unit?

For 2014 MY, there is a new 7-inch display proudly sitting at the center of the dashboard. The infotainment system on 2014 IS 250 comes with an HD radio, USB/iPod integration plus Bluetooth phone, and audio streaming. We feel this is a system that Lexus has put just for the sake of it. Though the display and overall interface are good enough, it is still lackluster. It lacks good graphics and is not as seamless to use as the ones which are available in the competition where BMW is just miles ahead of everyone else. 

The system comes with Lexus’ own Enform system which gets a plethora of apps like Bing, Facebook Places, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, and Yelp. It also comes with in-built navigation. The display is not a touchscreen one and is only controlled via the standard Lexus controller on the central console. This in itself can be hard to use while driving. As standard, you get an eight-speaker sound system with an in-dash CD changer that can be upgraded to a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 7-inch infotainment display
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Lexus Enform
  • 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system
  • Lexus' Remote Touch electronics interface

2014 Lexus IS 250 Exterior

7.0/10

The most significant changes in the new IS 250 sedan are the changes to the exterior. There is a new spindle grille upfront and that gives the car a completely distinctive and bold look. With its aggressive new spindle grille, dynamic stance, and sharp curves, the 2014 Lexus IS 250 is all-new, but still, somehow, familiar. Now the new car is not leaps and bounds ahead of the older one in terms of the overall design.

It still has that classic Lexus silhouette that it always had. And that is a good thing considering the original characteristic of the car hasn’t been lost in the transition. Angular, expressive lines around the front end, lean and graceful curves down the sides and rear, and a purposeful stance make 2014 IS look like it's up for anything, be that a day chasing on the highways or a night drive around the town.

Models

2014 Lexus IS 250

2014 BMW 3-Series 328i

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Sport

2014 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3649

3595

3726

3693

Length (in.)

183.7

182.5

180.8

185.1

Width (in.)

71.3

71.3

69.7

71.9

Height (in.)

56.3

56.5

56.3

56.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1

N/A

4.1

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

110.2

110.6

108.7

110.6

The 2014 Lexus IS 250 is a pretty light car if not the lightest here. At 183.7 inches long and 71.3 inches wide, it is also the second-longest and widest car here after the Audi. Even its ground clearance is higher than its competitors at 5.1 inches. The Audi is pretty much the biggest car here and that gives it certain road presence while a very understated design and subtle looks mean that it is not as recognizable as the Lexus. In terms of wheelbase, each sedan except the Mercedes-Benz C-Class measures less than 110 inches. 

Standout exterior features: 

  • Optional Rear Spoiler
  • 17-inch All Season Tires
  • Sun/Moonroof
  • Body Side Moldings
  • Paint Protection Film
  • Door Edge Guard

2014 Lexus IS 250 Safety

9.0/10

The 2014 Lexus IS 250 is a pretty safe car and that can be well estimated by the crash test ratings the car received from both agencies. The car literally aced all the crash tests and came out with flying colors. While the NHTSA gave the car an overall “5 stars” for the safety rating, the car received just 4 stars for the frontal crash test while the side and rollover test results granted the IS with some extra brownie points. IIHS also awarded the car with “Good” scores for all the crash tests and even the optional frontal crash prevention system was earmarked to be advanced in functioning.

Standout safety features:

  • Self Levelling Headlights
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with brake assist

2014 Lexus IS 250 Final Verdict

The Lexus IS 250 has always been a very tastefully designed car and with the latest update for 2014 MY, it is certainly the best looking car in its class. While the spindle grille can be a bit too intimidating for some, it does give the IS a distinctive look and make it stand out in the crowd. Further, the upgrades to the interior on the 2014 Lexus IS 250 have brought the car closer to the Germans in terms of luxury if not better. The only gripe being now that Lexus should introduce the Hybrid version to the states as well and also it needs a more powerful engine. 

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