2015 Lexus IS 250 review

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Lexus IS 250 highlights

Customer rating


  • Comfortable cabin
  • Luxury features
  • Impressive styling


  • Engine performance lower than rivals
  • Competition may have better fuel economy
  • Small trunk in convertible trim

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined

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Elegance and style in one complete package

Why choose just any luxury car when you can have one that puts its full elegance on display? The 2015 Lexus IS 250 does exactly that with its wide stance and sharp body lines, proving this is no typical sedan. Large 17-inch rims add to the sleek four-door sedan's profile, and the available two-door convertible trim will have you arriving at any destination in style. But the IS 250 is more than just an impressive exterior. A comfortable cabin boasts plenty of standard luxuries that prove the IS 250 is just as impressive on the inside as on the outside.

All Lexus IS 250 years

What is new for the 2015 Lexus IS 250?

  • The IS 250 is available in a new trim called the Crafted Line.
  • IS 250 trims have been upgraded with A/C Seat(s), Blind Spot Monitor, Satellite Radio Ready, and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.

5 reasons to buy the 2015 Lexus IS 250

1. Two driving options  

The IS 250 comes standard with a capable 2.5L engine and six-speed automatic transmission that sends all its power to the rear wheels for plenty of fun on the back roads. But if you need a little extra traction on your weekend trips out of town, shop for the all-wheel drive trim. You'll get additional traction when you need it, and the AWD version also comes with heated seats to help you fight any cold snap.  

2. Luxury with every drive 

You'll feel comfortable every time you sit in the IS 250's cabin with its standard leatherette seats and available leather option. Dual-zone climate control will allow you and your front passenger to get the temperature just right. Shop for the F Sport trim level to get a stiffer, sport-tuned suspension to hug the corners even closer. 

3. Keep it fresh  

You'll love the serenity of the IS 250's cabin so much that you'll want to share it with the world by opening up the sunroof that comes standard on all sedan trims. And if you want to take your driving experience to the next level, shop for the two-door convertible trim with its all-weather hard top. Weekend beach trips will never be the same again.  

4. It raises the bar  

If you want a luxury vehicle that changes your expectations of car amenities, the IS 250 is it. Some special standard features include heated mirrors, keyless entry, and eight-way power front seats. You'll find even more luxuries shopping for an available navigation system, and driver aids like lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.

You're sure to find the right blend of available features on the 2015 Lexus IS 250. 

5. It leaves room for tech  

The IS 250 is packed with style and luxury, but it leaves plenty of room for tech features, too. You can connect devices through a USB port and Bluetooth® integration and control the eight-inch infotainment display with a console-mounted control dial. Other tech goodies include available remote engine start, and remote door and window status check for those times when you can't remember if you put the windows back up before the rain.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2015 Lexus IS 250 is a luxury car that appeals to customers for its drive, comfort, and looks. The car is smooth to drive and the seats are very comfortable.

RepairPal gave the Lexus IS 250 an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Lexus IS 250 7th out of 68 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Lexus IS 250 is $343, compared to an average of $617 for Luxury Midsize Cars and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Lexus IS 250 owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.1 times per year, compared to an average of 1.4 times for Luxury Midsize Cars and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 6% for the Lexus IS 250, compared to an average of 13% for Luxury Midsize Cars and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Lexus IS 250 features and specs

Base 2WD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Hard Top
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Mark Levinson Sound
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 44.1"/R 25.9"

Head room

F 38.3"/R 36.1"

Front tires


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