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2008 Lexus Is 250

2008 Lexus IS 250

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This car is simply the best!

by from Tinley Park, IL on March 30, 2009

My wife and I were looking at the Volvo S60 and Lexus ES350 but after sitting in an IS250 at the Chicago Auto Show, we knew this was the car for us. The exterior has the look of an expensive sports se...
My wife and I were looking at the Volvo S60 and Lexus ES350 but after sitting in an IS250 at the Chicago Auto Show, we knew this was the car for us. The exterior has the look of an expensive sports sedan and the interior is simply a work of art. The leather is super soft, the wood is warm looking and the chrome and brushed stainless trim add a rich look. We drove an ES350 and IS250 back to back and there is no comparison. With supportive seats and an intimate cockpit, you feel like you wear this car. All controls are right where you can reach them including the paddle shifters for the 6 speed automatic transmission. The IS handles like it's on rails with tight steering and very firm brakes. At first we didn't want the Navigation Package but you can't get the Memory System for power seats/mirrors/tilt-telescopic steering wheel without it so we stepped up. It was a smart move as the Nav system is very easy to use and the package also includes some slick things like adaptive HID headlights that move when you turn and illuminated door sills. The car is a pleasure to drive, smooth, quiet, great power and handling. Gas mileage has also been very good, typically in the low 20's around town but it does require premium fuel. The only draw back is a back seat that is a little tight for adults. Kids won't complain but forget about putting three people back there. This is our first Lexus but it will not be our last. Highly recommended.
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Great Car

by from Nashville, TN on February 22, 2011

Bought this 2008 Lexus IS 250 in Atlanta through cars.com. Very fun car to drive. Very well built and gorgeous design...definitely turns heads. Real nice interior, very comfortable and I'm 6 ft, 225 l...
Bought this 2008 Lexus IS 250 in Atlanta through cars.com. Very fun car to drive. Very well built and gorgeous design...definitely turns heads. Real nice interior, very comfortable and I'm 6 ft, 225 lbs. Sound system is awesome. A little road noise because of the oversize rims but overall a quiet cabin. Respectable power and speed and decent gas mileage. So far, a joy to drive.
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more fun than the GS

by from pinecrest,Fl on September 2, 2008

I had a gs350 got hit 2 times and was finally destroyed by a drunk driver. replaced it with this out of discouragement and disgust. was pleasantly surprised that this IS was a fun car more fun than th...
I had a gs350 got hit 2 times and was finally destroyed by a drunk driver. replaced it with this out of discouragement and disgust. was pleasantly surprised that this IS was a fun car more fun than the bigger faster one. the gs was so isolated that it was only good on the highway at very high speeds. too big feeling around town. the gs got 19 around town the new IS manages almost 24!!! this car is great. don't miss the extra power at all as I seem to have gotten a very zippy example. most fun car in their lineup. bought for their service and reliability.
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nice car

by from dallas texas on October 28, 2010

I drive mostly back and forth to work and this car is easy to drive and good on gas while still providing a nice luxury feel.
I drive mostly back and forth to work and this car is easy to drive and good on gas while still providing a nice luxury feel.
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Uses car for Commuting

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Reliability sold me...

by from North Carolina on July 7, 2008

Test drove (took home) the BMW 330i and considered the Camry and Accord. The Camry and Accord were just a few dollars less...making the Lexus the better deal. The BMW had the passion and performance b...
Test drove (took home) the BMW 330i and considered the Camry and Accord. The Camry and Accord were just a few dollars less...making the Lexus the better deal. The BMW had the passion and performance but not the perfection. The Lexus has the perfection with just a little less passion than the BMW. Bottom line...you buy the BMW with your heart...the Lexus with your head.
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Great Entry Lux Sport Sedan!

by from on September 14, 2009

Great Lexus quality in a sports sedan. Lexus has found a great balance between traditional Lexus qualities (reliability, quiet ride, value for the money) and performance handling.
Great Lexus quality in a sports sedan. Lexus has found a great balance between traditional Lexus qualities (reliability, quiet ride, value for the money) and performance handling.
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My dream car

by from Salisbury, NC on September 10, 2012

This is the most amazing car I've ever bought. It looks good, drives good and I'm so happy. The only negative is the Premium gas! Luckily, my commute is not bad.
This is the most amazing car I've ever bought. It looks good, drives good and I'm so happy. The only negative is the Premium gas! Luckily, my commute is not bad.
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Mostly good and fun

by from Los Angeles on March 10, 2012

After 5 years of a Prius I yearned for a 4 door sedan sports car like my previous BMWs that were 3 series. Did not like the Audi A4, wanted to try a new brand, and loved the way this Lexus drove. Fun ...
After 5 years of a Prius I yearned for a 4 door sedan sports car like my previous BMWs that were 3 series. Did not like the Audi A4, wanted to try a new brand, and loved the way this Lexus drove. Fun and plenty quick, handles very well. Nav system is excellent, sound system good, lots of places to store stuff, reliability has been very good as I would expect Drawbacks--backseat is poor, particularly behind the driver (I am 6 feet), so really ok just for 3 people unless the other passengers are kids under 12; gas mileage is mediocre--20mpg avg on premium gas
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Small but fun

by from philadelphia on January 9, 2013

Great gas milage, AWD is good to have. tiny back seat and back seats do not fold. very tight fit, i am 6' and i can barley fit into the car. very sporty look but not fast. good for the price, always g...
Great gas milage, AWD is good to have. tiny back seat and back seats do not fold. very tight fit, i am 6' and i can barley fit into the car. very sporty look but not fast. good for the price, always get compliments on the exterior inside is small, meant for someone without a family
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Much Better Than I Anticipated

by from Tennessee on February 17, 2008

I've owned my 2008 IS 250 for about six weeks now and can honestly say I LOVE everything about it! The leather seats are unlike any other company's leather seats--true comfort and luxury. I love the f...
I've owned my 2008 IS 250 for about six weeks now and can honestly say I LOVE everything about it! The leather seats are unlike any other company's leather seats--true comfort and luxury. I love the feel of the all-leather steering wheel--unmatched to any cars in its class. And the factory audio system is incredible--it sounds so great that I can't imagine what the Mark Levinson package sounds like. Now that the weather is warming up I'm getting 30 mpg compared to 27 in winter. Needless to say, I am very satisfied with my Lex so far and it will be hard to go back to driving anything else.
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