The boldly styled new 2014 Lexus IS makes a distinctive impression. Unveiled at the Detroit auto show, the model definitely looks better in reality than on paper. Lexus has been on a lazy roll for the past few years, as we see in its earlier model. This 2014 overhaul is meant to give a new shape and direction to the rest of the Lexus lineup. The story may change with the 2014 model with a number of improvements made by Lexus. When the curtains were dropped in Detroit, the visitors were impressed by the new Lexus. The key selling point for any sport sedan is its driving performance. The all new IS with excellent dynamic capabilities and painstakingly engineered to offer an exceptional driving experience. Here is a look at a brief 2014 Lexus IS review:
Exterior and Interiors Overview
The adhesive body bonding and laser screw welding techniques increase the overall body that gets a new look at front and the rear. You will find plenty of ideas seen in some of the other Lexus models, for example, the electric power steering and multilink rear suspension. There is a 3 inch longer wheelbase for improved rear seat room, but you might still find the cabin a bit cramped in the rear. It is the overall dynamic shape of the body with the wider wheel arches that lend a powerful and wider stance to the model. The lower center of gravity and large rear tires are well exhibited by the horizontal beltline. New powerfully articulated headlamps make for the cluster design. On the insides, the interiors are clean and stylish. The newly designed seats offer greater comfort and better support. The steering wheel has been lowered and the adjustment for steering reach creates for a driver focused seating. You also get some more trunk space with a revised rear suspension design.
2014 Lexus IS features both rear and all wheel drive models in both 3.5-liter v6 and .5-liter v6 trims. There is a 300h hybrid model too but that is marked for the Japanese market and is based on a newly developed 2.5l Atkinson-cycle engine. There are 4 driving modes – sport, normal, eco and sport s+. With full torque converter lockup and faster shifts, 2014 Lexus adopts automatically selects the optimal gear. The engine is now coupled with a new 8 speed automatic transmission that makes for a top performance. The retuned suspension and a stiffer body structure makes IS feel more stable. You will find the 2014 Lexus a little soft dynamically, may be it is because of the retuned suspension or the longer wheelbase. The eight-speed transmission too isn’t as responsive as expected.
2014 Lexus IS is rich in safety features. There are 10 airbags that are standard. Other safety features include lane departure alert, automatic high beam, headlamp system, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitor etc. 2014 Lexus automatically switching to low beams for maximizes visibility at night.
superior cabin materials
more rear seat room
better trunk space
Less sporty than the outgoing model
The detailed specifications of 2014 IS are yet to be released, but performance figures are impressive. The redesigned model is more comfortable and with an improved interior boasting of latest electronics. Concluding 2014 Lexus IS review, the new model is certainly more comfortable than before with redesigned driver’s seat and a superior lateral support. The upgrade ties up greatly with the car’s enhanced handling. No wonder Lexus is really proud of the new IS, with greater joy in driving and improved dynamics.