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2012 Lexus IS 250 Trims

AWD

Avg. Price: $30,011

The 2012 Lexus IS 250 AWD compact luxury sedan delivers optimal traction and stability in all types of driving conditions, thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, which automatically directs power to the wheels with the most traction when it detects slippage. The AWD system works in conjunction with a 2.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 204 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The V6 mates to a 6-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, enabling fingertip manual shifting. Fuel economy numbers check in at 20/27 mpg. Standard safety features include the automaker's Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system, which integrates Vehicle Stability Control, traction control, braking and steering to help minimize loss of traction in a turn. Hill Start Assist, 4-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, and Smart Stop Technology are also included.

Inside, the IS 250's upscale cabin comes equipped with such luxury-oriented features as leather upholstery, heated front seats with 10-way power adjustment, black metallic trim and a power tilt/slide moonroof. A leather-wrapped shift knob and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio, cruise, phone and display controls are also included. A 13-speaker, 194-watt Premium Audio System features a 6-CD changer, Bluetooth, automatic sound leveling, music streaming and SiriusXM satellite radio. In addition, a USB port and audio auxiliary jack are located in the center console. Push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate with rear-seat vents, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, an illuminated entry system and power windows and door locks are among the other standard features. A full range of 8 airbags includes knee airbags for both the driver and front passenger. Outside, the IS 250 displays such exterior features as a classic front end and grille, a sculpted hood, aerodynamic side lower body panels, LED taillights and dual chrome exhaust pipes, as well as 17-inch wheels. New exterior colors for 2012 include Nebula Gray Pearl and Fire Agate Pearl. An available F Sport Package adds 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a unique grille and front-lip and rear-deck spoilers, as well as upgraded seats inside.

Base

Avg. Price: $29,060

The Lexus IS 250 Base compact luxury sedan receives new Nebula Gray Pearl and Fire Agate Pearl exterior colors for 2012, but otherwise remains unchanged. Exterior features include a classic front end and grille, a sculpted hood, aerodynamic side lower body panels, LED taillights and dual chrome exhaust pipes, as well as 17-inch wheels. An available F Sport Package adds 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and a number of exterior upgrades, including a unique grille and front-lip and rear-deck spoilers. Power comes from a 2.5-liter V6 engine, which delivers 204 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The V6 links to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic with available paddle shifters. Fuel economy numbers check in at 19/28 mpg with the manual transmission and 21/30 with the automatic.

Inside its plush cabin, the IS 250 Base receives such luxury-oriented features as leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats and a power tilt/slide moonroof. Black metallic trim throughout the cabin also lends an upscale feel. The leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel features audio, cruise, phone and display controls, while the center console has a USB port and audio auxiliary input jack. Lexus also includes a 13-speaker, 194-watt Premium Audio System with a 6-CD changer, Bluetooth, automatic sound leveling, music streaming and SiriusXM satellite radio. Dual-zone automatic climate with rear-seat vents, push-button start, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, an illuminated entry system and power windows and door locks are among the other standard features. Safety features include 8 airbags, as well as the automaker's Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system, which integrates Vehicle Stability Control, traction control, braking and steering to help minimize loss of traction in a turn. Hill Start Assist, 4-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, and Smart Stop Technology are also included.