2015 Lexus IS 250

The 2015 Lexus IS 250 is Lexus' entry-level sports sedan.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The L-Finesse design language is divisive. You'll either love it or hate it at first sight.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

I didn't like the busy front end at first, but I'm starting to come around to accepting it.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The profile features a strong character line.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The interior is well-appointed and driver-centric.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

Lexus' Enform app suite is starting to show its age, but still gets the job done.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

Unlike the newer RC and NX models, the IS still makes use of Lexus' Remote Touch Controller.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The joystick's physicality was immensely preferable to a touchpad's weird haptic feedback.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The controller falls nicely in the hand.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

Behind the fascia, you'll find the IS 250's 2.5-liter engine.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

Rather than the I-4 that you'd expect for this displacement, Lexus uses a small V-6, which idles and revs more smoothly.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The standard configuration is a rear-wheel drive setup, but all-wheel drive is an option.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

One of my biggest gripes about the IS 250 was its intrusive stability control system.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

Instrumentation is simple and easy to read. A small display between the gauges displays auxiliary information.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

Keyless entry and start are available on the IS 250. I'm a fan of the push-button system.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

Optional 18-inch wheels improve the appearance and, potentially, improve the turn-in responsiveness.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The IS 250's ride is firm, but not punishing. It's a good setup for an entry sports sedan, but a firmer F-Sport package is available.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The driver-centric cabin features excellent materials for the touchpoints at the shifter, steering wheel and seat.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The IS interior has a strong horizontal theme with a high, wide dashboard.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The steering wheel has a chunky design that feels good in the hand.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The only transmission available is a six-speed automatic gearbox that features steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

The standard Lexus IS sport buckets are very comfortable and supportive, giving the driver a good base when cornering.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

Enform navigation features voice command for destination entry and hands-free calling.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

With the aid of a smartphone app, Enform also gives the driver access to Internet audio streaming, destination search and online reservations.

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2015 Lexus IS 250

With a less obtrusive stability control system or the F-Sport upgrade, the IS 250 could be a great entry-point sports sedan. As is, however, it's still a competent cruiser and commuter.

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