2006 Lexus IS 250 User Reviews
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- $12,383 - $13,876
- High Cool factor; superior NAV; silky but quick transmission
- choppy ride on rough streets
Love the look and luxury feel of this car. Interior fit & finish is awesome. Incredibly quiet interior, outside wind noise almost non-exsistant. Bluetooth phone hook up is fun.
Ride is firmer and choppier than my '07 SC300.
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- exterior styling, interior quality, MP3, best in class navigation system
- slower 0-60 than other cars in its class
Bought this car for 1K under MSRP last weekend. Some dealers would not budge off msrp until feb 2006, but this guy would not let me leave until we could agree on a price. The interior is amazing from the led dome lights to the cooled/ventilated leather seats (I didn't even know that they made those!). Sheer luxury beats bmw 3 (too boring), acura tl (lots of cheap plastic), and g35 (what luxury?) hands down. The only downfall for the 204 hp engine is the acceleration. But can't complain about it too much as the engine is smooth, and power is evenly distributed from 0-60 so you get power when and where you need it. Everybody says the back seat is too cramped. But I am 6'0" and its ok back there if the passenger in the front is willing to share. Pretty comparable to the g35 and the 3 series actually ... we're only talking an inch or so difference. Lexus is also starting to diversify the options on the car so you can pick and choose what you want and dont want. They have already taken off the preferred accessory package and parking assist off the navigation package so you can save 700 off that if you dont care for it....read morehide
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- Smooth and athletic ride, great gas mileage, classy/sporty interior.
- Back seat room. Calling this car a 5 seater is a stretch.
My previous car was a 2003 G35 automatic, RWD. Though the G35 had more power the felt difference between the G35 and IS250 is very small. In my opinion the IS250 is a better built and better appointed car. I stepped out of a Mercury Sable into the G35 and noticed the dramatic upgrade in quality, etc. that the G35 offered. The step into the IS250 from the G35 is almost as dramatic an improvement. Though the G35 is a little more athletic the IS250 feels much more like a luxury car while maintaining a sporty feel.
I looked at 2006 G35's but the changes from the 2003 were minor. I also drove the TL from Acura. A nice car, somewhat boring in the automatic. The six speed was the best manual shift I have ever driven but I found the torque steer annoying.
I didn't drive the IS350 and am told the power is amazing. I personally feel that the horspower race is getting out of hand and is overrated. Drive the IS250, it has more than enough power for everything but the track.
Like the G35, snow makes these cars difficult to drive with all season tires. I put 4 good snows on my G35 with RWD and went up hills others could not. I am waiting for my snows to arrive for this car.
I was never committed about the looks of the G35. Sometimes I loved it and others I wasn't so sure, especially the narrow look from the rear. The IS250 looks great from any angle and has a distinct look from it's competitors....read morehide
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- Leather Seats, Luxury Finish, Exterior Styling, Audio System, Smart Key, Instrument Panel
- Rear Seat Foot Room
I just picked up my Crystal Pearl White IS250 AWD with Luxury Package. This car is georgous. I ordered the Sterling Leather interior and it is a beautiful combination with the black dash, graphite console and woodgrain trim. I am very impressed with the level of luxury in this car it far surpasses the 3 Series that I also condisdered. The Leather Seats are by far the most comfortable seats that I have ever sat in and the leather is soft and subtle. The instrument panel and smart key access is very unique. It gets you excited even before you press the start button on the car....cool feature. There are a lot of bells and whistles with the luxury pack. Make some time to read the owners manual as there are a lot of toys. You can even personalize a large number of features.
The car feels extremely solid on the road unlike a lot of other Japanese cars that I have driven. It feels far more substantial than my A4 that I previously had. The cars is extremely smooth on the road and is very quiet until you push it where there is a nice exhaust tone. The car handles very well and remains well poised when cornering hard. The 250 engine is well mated to this car. It has brisk excelleration and feels very smooth and refined, however it will not put you back in your seat like the 350.
Overall I could not be happier. I have already had a ferw double takes as I have been driving this baby....read morehide
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- Base Model is loaded, Great Sound System, Fun to Drive, looks great, MP3 Compatibility
- Lots of brake dust on front rims
I previously drove a Honda Civic which was a fun, practical, reliable car to drive. The same qualities that I had in my Civic I looked for in my next car. I considered all the usual suspects including BMW 325, Audi A4, G35, Acura TL and test drove all except the Acura. My self imposed price cap was limited to about 32k, although I'd love to have every option I was satisfied with a well loaded fun to drive semi-luxury sport sedan; that was the criteria I set out for myself. I bought the manual IS-250 earlier this month and currently have about 1100 miles on the car.
By far, I think the IS looks much better then any of the competitors. I know I gave up some HP, and if I wanted the most driving performance for my $ I would have gone with the G35. The overall package the IS offers is great including fit and finish, reliability, looks, and coolness. It is really cool not having to put a key in to start the car and being able to just walk up to the car and open the door. Although the car doesn't feel very fast off the line, once your going 15mph or more it has some kick to it. The ride isn't as soft as I thought it would be and for me it's a great balance between comfort and performance. The car feels well built and between all the competitors I would think the IS will age the best, it's tough to beat lexus quality. So for the criteria I set out for myself, I think the IS was the best choice for me...and it is really fun to drive!...read morehide
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- You decide since its a new car
I am waiting on my IS as it is on order. I think Value tops the list of great things about this car. You get more features standard than a BMW 3 series. I'm not a real luxury sports sedan fan...in fact i'm old school and like muscle cars and 4X4's. But this is my wifes and this car beats anything offered in its class. I'm comparing this car to a mazda rx-8 b/c thats what we are trading for this car. Car idles and runs smooth. Has more HP & torque. It looks like a car that cost more than the low 30's. Lastly, its a lexus....read morehide
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- Great looks, MPG, great engine, and awesome interior
- Small back seat, too big of a difference in price between 250&350
This is a great car! Everyone on the road has to turn their heads for a second look. I purchased the car out the door for $35k for the IS250. Dealer came off price a little, but felf like I had to grab my ankles to get him to do so. Got the sprot package with the 18" wheels and heated & ventilated seats, a major plus living in the Southwest. Planning on haveing a family soon and hoping this car will still be around for that however the rear seat is very small for anyone, even a baby seat, as I am 6'1" and have a wife 5'10". Overall this car is a looker, and great price and performance compaired to BMW, audi, and even the C class Benz. Lexes did great in the production of this car! Would highly recomend if you can get your hands on one....read morehide
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- Very comfortable ride, great gas mileage, sporty, sexy look.
- Nothing bad except dealers won't come down from sticker price.
I test drove this car this weekend and wanted to drive it home!
It's an incrediblly smooth drive, good acceleration, quiet. Great dashboard features. Very comfortable front driver and passenger seats. Air conditioned/vented seats a definite luxury! I also sat in the back seat, drivers side, and found it a bit cramped but not too uncomfortable for a short drive ( I am 5'9''). I wonder though if it could comfortably fit a baby seat???
My only problem and reason for not buying it is that the dealer absolutely refused to go under MSRP sticker price.
I guess I'll have to wait until the demand is not as high to negotiate a good deal....read morehide
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- mpg, AWD, knee airbags, styling, Lexus reputation for quality
- manu-matic, rear seat, no VDIM
I test drove this car yesterday, and I am seriously considering its purchase. I commute 75 miles round-trip daily over a 9,000 foot pass, and the mpg is excellent for an AWD vehicle.
One concern I have is with the automatic "shifters." Sometimes the automatic will refuse to downshift if the rpms are too high. As engine braking is critical in the icy, snowy curves I navigate, I'm a bit hesitant about being 'forced' to hit my brakes (BIG problem) if the automatic elects not to downshift upon my command.
Unlike many people in milder climes, I really wish the VDIM system was available on the IS 250. The most sophisticated stability control system should be offered on those vehicles that might need it most (AWDs which will probably see more snow than the RWDs).
Finally, the rear seat is outrageously small. I'm 6'2", and I like to sit back a bit, and there wasn't room behind me for an elementary schooler. I think I'll have to refer to this as a "3-seater."
Those comments aside, it gets better mileage than the Infiniti G35 and Audi A4, and I see BMW 325xi's broken down on the side of the road all the time (seriously), so I'm not left with much choice. Lexus here I come....read morehide
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- Stunning Looks; Fun, Quiet & Smooth as silk to drive; a place for my Ipod
- Zero rear passenger room, tires won't last 15K
I had the pleasure of test driving and kicking the tires on a white IS250 the other day. The car is a masterpiece of beauty. It triggers an emotional response that others cars just don't elicit. Seeing it in person didn't disappoint. Driving it was a most satisfying experience. After the test drive, I opened the rear driver side door and found the single biggest flaw and disappointment about this vehicle. I am 5'10" and after adjusting the front seat to the optimal driving position it left only 5 inches of space between the front seatback and the rear seat - making it impossible to even get a foot in the space. WHY DID LEXUS EVEN BOTHER TO PUT 4 DOORS ON THIS CAR? Unfortunately, for me, this is ultimately a deal breaker. My disappointment is immeasurable. I otherwise really liked this car....read morehide
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