By Matt Schmitz on April 28, 2013
When the redesigned-for-2014 Lexus IS arrives at dealerships this summer, the luxury sedan will offer a number of newly standard features at a 2% discount from last year's price for IS 350 buyers, the automaker announced today. The rear-wheel-drive IS 250 will start at $36,845 and $39,380 for all-wheel drive; the IS 350 will start at $40,360 for rear-wheel drive and $42,595 for all-wheel drive (all prices include an $895 destination fee).
The IS 250 has a 2.5-liter V-6 good for 204 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque, while the 350 has a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 306 horsepower. Both the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the 250 come with a six-speed automatic transmission, as does the all-wheel-drive 350; the rear-wheel-drive model gets an eight-speed automatic.
Standard features include high-intensity discharge headlights, L-shaped LED running lights, drive mode select, paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, a new touch-screen multimedia system with 4.2-inch color display, 10 airbags, and real-time traffic and weather information without a subscription. Lexus said the previously optional equipment totals $1,400.
Upgraded packages include Premium, Luxury and F Sport, and are available across the lineup. The Premium Package ($1,050 for rear-wheel drive and $610 for all-wheel drive) offers LED headlights and heated-and-ventilated front seats. Luxury ($3,665 for rear-wheel drive and $3,225 for all-wheel drive) adds a perforated leather-trimmed interior with linear wood trim, electrochromic exterior mirrors with reverse tilt, rain-sensing wipers, driver-seat memory, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, center stack knee pads and blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.
Available for the first time on all-wheel-drive models, the F Sport Package ($3,115 for the rear-wheel-drive 250s and $2,675 for all-wheel drive models; $3,620 for the rear-wheel-drive 350 and $3,180 for all-wheel drive) offers a unique full-mesh grille and front bumper, LED headlights, 18-inch split five-spoke wheels, front sport seats, sport-tuned suspension and a center-mounted tachometer with moving bezel. The IS 350 F Sport also adds standard adaptive variable suspension with a Sport S+ drive mode.
Editor's note: This post was updated April 29 to correctly reflect which version of the 2014 Lexus IS 350 gets an eight-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive IS 350 gets an eight-speed; the all-wheel-drive version gets a six-speed.Related
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