2014 Lexus IS Review

2014 Lexus IS 250 photo
  1. Original MSRP$36,100 - $38,635
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)21/30 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan

2014 Lexus IS Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2014 Lexus IS 250 photo
  1. Original MSRP$36,100 - $38,635
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)21/30 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 4/24/2018)

With its deluxe cabin, the 2014 Lexus IS offers a plush haven for drivers and passengers alike. The IS also delivers ride quality that is consistently smooth and refined.

The 2014 Lexus IS is compact luxury sedan that seats five passengers, and it’s sold in 250 and 350 trims. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available.

For 2014, the Lexus IS has been completely redesigned. The sedan gets new sheet metal, more rear legroom, increased cargo capacity and an upgraded suspension.


Standing tall at the center of the IS sedan’s front fascia is Lexus’s dramatic spindle grille flanked by sharply angled headlights. Graceful character lines embellish the car’s hood, and its profile features a sizable greenhouse and sculpted lower side panels. Base models connect with the tarmac via 17-inch wheels.

The list of standard exterior amenities includes HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a power sunroof, dual polished stainless-steel exhaust and a color-coordinated front air dam. Optional features include 18-inch wheels, twin-projector LED headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers.


Within its cabin, the IS provides upscale design and high-quality materials. The front seat is pleasantly spacious, and the back seat provides lots of legroom. Open the trunk, and you’ll be greeted with 13.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

The lineup of standard interior amenities for this Lexus includes simulated leather upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column and power windows and door locks. The list of available upgrades includes a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an eight-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, wood trim, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, aluminum sport pedals and black headliner.


The IS delivers driving dynamics that are geared toward comfort. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Most models get a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive 350s get an eight-speed automatic transmission. All models get shift paddles to allow for manual shifting.

IS 250 models come with a 2.5-liter double-overhead-cam V6 good for 204 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. With the IS 350, you get a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 offering 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. An available F Sport package improves handling by providing a sport-tuned suspension.

Lexus’ IS 250 has an EPA rating of up to 21/30 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive, 20/27 mpg with all-wheel drive. The IS 350 with rear-wheel drive returns 19/27 mpg with the six-speed automatic and 19/28 with the eight-speed. All-wheel drive 350s are rated at 19/26 mpg.


Lexus IS buyers enjoy a robust assortment of technology features. Base models are equipped with HD radio, satellite radio, a 7-inch display screen, a CD/MP3 player, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, voice recognition, USB connectivity and keyless entry and ignition.

You can upgrade your IS with rear cross-traffic alert, a blind-spot monitor, a Mark Levinson 15-speaker surround-sound audio system, navigation, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Atomic Silver
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Starfire Pearl
  • Ultra White
  • Obsidian
  • Silver Lining Metallic
  • Deep Sea Mica
  • Body style

  • Sedan
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Front Air Dam
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Stainless-steel
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip
  • Grille Color: Chrome Surround
  • Window Trim: Chrome
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Dimensions

  • Ground Clearance: 5.3 Inches
  • Width: 71.3 Inches
  • Length: 183.7 Inches
  • Height: 56.3 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 110.2 Inches
  • Rear Track Width: 61 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3461 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 60.4 Inches
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.5 Inches
  • Tire Type: 225/45r17 V


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Armrests: Rear Center Folding With Storage
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Interior Accents: Leather/Metallic-tone
  • Door Sill Trim: Stainless Steel
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Phone: Pre-wired For Phone/Voice Operated
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/MP3/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Watts: 194
  • Digital Sound Processing
  • Total Speakers: 8
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Voice Operated
  • Seats

  • 10-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Bucket Front Seats
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • 60-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Leatherette
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 90.2 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 54.3 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 55.9 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 54 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 32.2 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 44.8 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 38.2 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 36.9 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 10.8 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 53.4 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.73
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 21
  • Highway (MPG): 30
  • Combined (MPG): 24
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 6 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.5
  • Horsepower: 204
  • Torque: 185
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 6-speed Automatic W/sequential Shift Mode
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 6
  • Performance Specifications

  • Acceleration (0-60MPH): 7.7
  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.28
  • Turning Circle: 34.2
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Double Wishbone
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 72 Months/70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 72 Months


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  4. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors
  7. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  8. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  9. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  10. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  11. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  12. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  13. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  14. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  15. Safety Brake Pedal System
  16. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  17. Emergency Interior Trunk Release
  18. Brake Assist: Standard
  19. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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