[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 2015 Lexus IS is a great option for people looking for a small, upscale car. Surprisingly roomy, the IS has plenty of trunk room and has one of the nicest interiors of any vehicle in the compact luxury sport sedan class. IS models also have top of- the-line features such as a Remote Touch controller, a seven-inch display screen, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
The third-generation of the IS sport sedan made its debut last year. It continues with a bold design highlighted by the signature spindle grille and separated LED Daytime Running Lights. A combination of “aggressive elegance,” a more powerful road presence and a stronger brand identity help make the IS models more appealing.
The Lexus IS delivers a more dynamic driving experience with enhanced stability and body control while delivering improved ride comfort. New, laser-screw welding and adhesive body-bonding techniques, along with additional spot welding, have made the higher rigidity of the body possible. An all-new multilink rear suspension, revised front suspension and steering derived from the GS sedan, have been adapted to the smaller IS package.
Two IS models are available — the IS 250 and IS 350. The IS 250 is powered by a smooth 2.5-liter V-6 providing 204 hp and 185 pounds-feet of torque. The engine is matched to a six-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) with a sequential manual-shifting mode and rev matched downshifts in the SPORT mode.
Under the Hood
The IS 350 gets a 3.5-liter V-6 with D4-S direct and port fuel injection. The 3.5 engine produces 306 hp and 277 pounds-feet of torque. The IS 350 inherits the eight-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission from the IS F high-performance model. This transmission has paddle shifters and the G-force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) system, which automatically selects the optimum gear and downshift pattern in response to G force.
Available for both IS models, an electronically controlled all-weather drive system is designed to give better traction and grip under all driving conditions by automatically varying front-to-rear torque balance from 50:50 to as much as 30:70.
A new Drive Mode Select system features up to five driving modes. The IS 250 and IS 350 feature ECO, NORMAL and SPORT modes. The IS 350 F SPORT adds drive modes SPORT S and SPORT S+. These modes are tailored to meet a driver’s preferred combination of economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics.
The available F SPORT package includes unique 18-inch wheels and special suspension tuning, unique interior and exterior design. It is available for IS 250 and IS 350 RWD and AWD models.
The MSRP for the IS 250 is $36,159.[author image=”http://www.communitynewspapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Grant-Miller-4-C.jpg” ]Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.[/author]