We had never considered the Lexus IS to be one of the leaders in the midsize luxury sport sedan category. After all, when you are competing with the heavy hitters like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4 it is difficult to be a standout. It?s like a college team competing professionals.
After spending a week, recently, in the 2015 Lexus IS 250 AWD, we think it might be time for us to reexamine the Lexus IS status in this competitive automotive grouping.
To start with, Lexus seems to have finally developed a unique design theme that not only sets the brand apart from the competitors; it?s a major step up from the often ?understated? Lexus designs.
The safety equipment list in the 2015 Lexus IS has a forest of acronyms with highlights being VGRS (Variable Gear Ratio Steering), PCS (Pre-Collision System), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), BSM (Blind Spot Monitoring), RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) along with about a dozen others included.
Base prices range from $37,575, including the destination charge, for the IS 250 RWD up to $46,520 for the IS 350 AWD F-Sport. The IS 250 AWD we tested has a base price of $40,010. The optional18-inch aluminum wheels, the Luxury Package, Navigation System, Intuitive Parking Assist and trunk mat took the final price to $46,500, for a beautiful, very well equipped car. Highlights of the features included LED headlights, leather seating, real wood, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation and Lexus Enform telematics.