2008 Lexus IS 250 User Reviews

2008 Lexus IS 250 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 27 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 13 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"seat" 4 reviews

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Aleksey writes:
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Brilliant look, brilliant design, well equipped, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

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Not a trackday car. But who needs one?

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Looks Great, Works Even Better. — Most lexi don't like to hustle, they're built for commuting comfort, and this is no exception. But it doesn't fail its ranking a s a sports sedan - its engine loves to rev, making blistering acceleration never more than half a second away. The brakes are solid, although the electronics make them feel numb sometimes. And the electric steering always puts you exactly where you want to go. The suspension is soft, as you'd expect it to be, but the car doesn't roll in the corners, one assumes because of a low centre of gravity. Only real issue I have come across so far is severe understeer if you have the traction controls on. Turning one of them off cures it. Turning both off will create severe oversteer, especially in wet weather. Build quality is exceptional - as you would expect. My only complaint is the paint - it's rediciliously delicate. Just don't buy it in the mica grey colour, and you'll be fine. It's one of the best looking cars I've ever seen, and not just on the outside, but on the inside, where it counts. The loads of functions have all been hidden away in different places so they're never overwhelming, as it is, for instance, in jags of old. It isn't cheap - but you get loads of kit for your money. And the dealership will take care of you. If anything were to break down it'd be expensive, but the dealer has courtesy transport to retrieve your car and provides you with another while they fix yours. But they only do that because we all know few will ever use that service for mechanical reasons. I can honestly say I plan on never selling this car. It's that good.

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Lee writes:
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5

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204 BHP lol

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Traction control

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Lexus Is250 Sr Triptronic — Awesone Car. Only downside you can't switch the traction control off fully. Performance is excellent. 140 mph is easy, 0-60 in around 8 secs. The gearbox is CVT so you can still get 35 + mpg. Boot is a tad on the small side.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Lexusman888 writes:
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Quiet, beautiful styling,navigation,luxury,fuel economy

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Needs a little more power

Lexusman888
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I Love My Is250. Rides And Handles Like A Dream. — Performance - good but not great in power. It only has 204 hp but its a very useable and fun engine. Handling is awesome with sports wheels and suspension. Built like a vault but not perfect. A few squeeks in the dash. To me its the best styled of all small sedans. The Lexus is just plain sexy to look at. No repairs to date after 50k This car is lots of fun. Its not Porsche fast but I dont race, I cruise, even so theres plenty of power and I have never felt lacking. The smooth quiet ride is amazing for such a small car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joey writes:
2008 Lexus IS 250 AWD Review
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AWD, Sporty and Luxurious, Lower Environmental Impact

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None

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Lexus Love — This automobile is all about affordable luxury without sacrificing sports-car feel and performance. When I get behind the wheel, I don't want to leave. The engineering is unique both inside and out. Although it is not a hybrid, which I intended on buying this time, it does have ultra low emissions which makes me feel better about its impact on the environment. I love that it is all wheel drive, making me feel better about driving in NM winter snow. Absolutely fun to drive.

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Anthony writes:
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4

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great value overall

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not enough room for rear seats

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2008 Lexus Is250 — nice handling, quiet, great bargain, nice looks, fairly loaded. gets fair miles per gallon. not enough room for rear seats. nice brakes. maintenance is not expensive, great features inside the car. very fun to drive around the freeway. very smooth. has mp3 player along with cd player. nice interior design.

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JpepeNJ writes:
2008 Lexus IS 250 AWD Review
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4

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Body style

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Low head height

JpepeNJ
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Class With Power — White Pearl color is awesome, interior is great, custom wheels are a must, as is custom exhaust. The car door height could be higher, but you can also lower the power seat. It is a classy looking car - better than the new body styles.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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leonmil writes:
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Reliability, Appearance, Luxurious

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Performance

leonmil
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Above Average — It was my first luxury car. It wasn't a bad choice for someone looking for the blend of performance and luxury for the money spent. I bought a 2008 Lexus IS250 RWD MT. I spent $31K out of the door back in late December of 2008.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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rabioso writes:
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Great price point for the extra little nuances that make Lexus a luxury vehicle. Smooth ride and quick acceleration.

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Styling leaves much to be desired, as does the engine (for those seeking power)

rabioso
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Affordable Luxury And Comfort — Great price point for the extra little nuances that make Lexus a luxury vehicle. Smooth ride and quick acceleration. TI also like that the mirrors are nice and large, despite the compact size of the care. However, the styling leaves much to be desired, as does the engine (for those seeking power)

Primary Use: Family transportation

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nathaly77 writes:
2008 Lexus IS 250 AWD Review
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5

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gas mileage, the camere built inl speakers, leather seats.

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since is black ti will dirty quic

nathaly77
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Amazing Car — I like evertyhing about this car, great suspension, fast, smooth, very conformtable. Never gave issues. It is overall adn amazing confortable car, nevergave problems. IT only took the dealer for maintenance but other than that. The acr us amazing. i just need to sale because i cant afor the payments anymore.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alan writes:
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looks & heritage

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performance

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The Car Behind Is A Lexus — slow acceleration bad fuel economy cramp rear seats otherwise, bloody comfortable at the front, best supporting seats with all options that you can dream of as standards looks great and quiet ride not too common easy to drive soft leather

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2014 Lexus IS 250 Reviews

Great Car By JeffG72

Lexus of Pleasanton is a fantastic dealership and provided us with a great experience in purchasing this vehicle. The IS250 is a great vehicle to drive and very comfortable to ride in. Would highly ... Read More

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2011 Lexus IS 250 Reviews

Sharp By Lucabra

The looks fantastic and has enough gadgets to keep you interested. The GPS is a little more confusing than it needs to be but it has been a nice car. The fit and finish are good and it has enough powe... Read More

Absolutely Love It! By Jim

Performance - incredible handling with AWD. Quality - Lexus is the best I've owned. Ride is very refined but sporty. Love the color and interior is well designed. Ergonomics is very good. Stereo coul... Read More

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2010 Lexus IS 250 Reviews

Classy, Sporty Looking, & Affordable Luxury By Brianfoundmycar

Not much to ctiticize except for what I noted in "cons". Still, that didn't sway me from buying this car. Lexus cars have always been known to be a little short on power, but the reliablity is stellar... Read More

Great Car By Joey

Its a good car. Fun to drive. Easy to have fun and take a lot of people. The seats are comfy and its just a very smooth riding car. There are a lot of ways to make this car fun Read More

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2009 Lexus IS 250 Reviews

Amazing By jordinlee

This car handles very well. Its luxurious, navigation and back up camera, black inside and black outside, ice cold AC, heated and cooled seats, can barely feel bumps in the road, great sound system, l... Read More

Luxurious By Audessa

I like the handling and suspension and especially the heated AND ventilated/cooling seats. It works in any temperature at any time of year! This car was a very nice, extremely comfortable ride for me ... Read More

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2007 Lexus IS 250 Reviews

Great Car! By mjohn625

I love this car! It has everything that the newer versions have. I have test driven the 2012 Lexus IS250, and nothing has changed AT ALL! (it actually gets worse gas mileage). I love having a backu... Read More

Outstanding Automobile By Philfritz42

Overall....this car is phenomenal. Fast, luxurious, clean, every imaginable option...it's simply a great car for the money. It has the reliability of Lexus, and just as relevant, the feel of a Lexus... Read More

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