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2007 Lexus IS 250 Trims

AWD

Avg. Price: $16,843

There had been many requests for the addition of an all-wheel drive option to the IS series. The IS was previously available with only RWD, until the series was redesigned in 2006. All-wheel drive was only available on the entry-level 250. The more powerful 350s were all rear-wheel drive. Also, the AWD 250 could only be had as a six-speed automatic. The six-speed manual was reserved for the RWD model.

There were no additions to the IS 250 all-wheel drive model for 2007. However, one thing could be taken away. Many drivers who sought to fully embracing the sporting capability of the IS had found that the traction control system limited the IS's maneuverability. The traction control system could now be turned off. The IS 250 was powered by a small 2.5 liter V-6, which produced 204 horsepower and 185 pound feet of torque. The compact sedan ran from 0 to 60 mph in just under eight seconds, and through the quarter mile in about 16. AWD pulled fuel economy down slightly, from 24/32 mpg for the rear-wheel IS, to 22/28 mpg.

The ability to switch off stability and traction control greater revealed the potential of the IS. The sedan was dusted by European competitors off the line, but its handling and ride quality were found by many testers to be superior. The new generation IS was also marked by a much more luxurious interior than its predecessor. Leather seats were now standard, and buyer could choose between a walnut or metallic trim finish. Options included touch-screen navigation and a premium Mark Levinson audio system.

Base

Avg. Price: $16,644

After a total redesign in 2006, the IS 250 received minimal updates for this year. The IS series had been reinvented, and while maintaining its entry level price status, it was now equipped with many of the advanced features found in more expensive Lexus models. An new option package, called X, was available for the rear wheel drive IS. X offered a sport-tuned suspension. The new IS also allowed drivers to deactivate stability and traction control systems, which were seen by many enthusiasts as a hinderance to performance.

The IS 250 featured the smaller engine option in the series, verses the 350's very powerful 3.5 liter V-6. The 250's DOHC 32-valve 2.5 liter V-6 made 204 horsepower and provided 185 pound-feet of torque. The engine was teamed with a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic was available as an option. The IS's performance was limited by the modest engine and its considerable weight for a small sedan, at 3500 pounds. The 0-60 time was 7.9 seconds. While the IS 250 was definitely not slow, its performance was mediocre compared to the German compact sedans. The 350 was a different story.

Although acceleration was not breathtaking, drivers were very satisfied the the handling capabilities of the IS. While many found that its steering could have been just a bit more responsive, the IS was very nimble and cornered incredibly well. Ride quality had been significantly improved for the second generation, thanks in part to a more refined interior. Owners often listed the front seat comfort as one of the car's best features, but room in the back seat is tight.