The 2015 Lexus IS250 nails the sport-sedan fundamentals so hard, you forget all about mainstream mid-size cars after a block in the driver’s seat.
That is a fact.
A pure-cornering, rev-loving fact. Drive position in the Daytona GTB/4-style tan seats is instantly flawless, as are the major pedal anc control inputs. Crank up the SXM, rotate to sport mode…. and never look back.
4K Drive Video – 2015 Lexus IS250 Review
The 2015 IS250 is such a fantastic sports sedan that we wanted to drive a 320i right afterward to confirm the RWD love for this Lexus was real.
The 2.5-liter V6 option versus the 3.5-liter six in the IS350, this IS250 is pooh-poohed by outsiders as underpowered at its $36,000 base pricing.
We’re here to tell you that the IS250 is no wimpy variant. It is a strong engine that feels much stronger its 205HP on-paper specs. The engine is ultra smooth with a sonorous and smooth ping up the tachometer, a sport mode to pop off kickdowns on command, and a high-revving nature that loves a floored throttle.
The IS250 drivetrain is part of a playful and sophisticated overall package that we loved bombing around country roads, slicing highway fastlanes and zinging around town.
Whatever. Haters gonn’ hate no matter what.
You should really know the truth via a fairly objective source. A week and a few hundred miles in the IS250 conclusively proves something big: a rear-drive entry luxury sedan tops any front-drive mid-size one for car guys and gals — with or without massive horsepower.
We have a fun HD drive video and 120 photos of the superb IS250 to illustrate how and why the Lexus is worlds better than any midsize sedan. And why its engine outputs are a moot point thanks to the 2016 IS200 turbo.