2011 Lexus IS

The 2011 Lexus IS brings quality performance. The car provides comfort by the use of a sensor which detects changes in temperature and readily adapts into the changes. The vehicle is designed to provide excellent quality of sound because the inner structures of the car are capable of sound absorption.

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: $33,295.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.1 gallons (65 liters) Miles Per Gallon: 19 city / 27 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 180.3 in. (458 cm) Width: 70.9 in. (180 cm)
Height: 56.1 in. (142.5 cm) Wheel Base: 107.4 in. (273 cm)
Curb Weight: 3455 lbs (1567 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.7 in. (14.4 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 13 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 24-valve DOHC V6 Displacement: 2.5-liter
Horsepower: 204 HP Max RPM: 6400 RPM
Torque: 185 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds Maximum Speed: 144 mph (231 km/h)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:IS 250 RWD A/T MSRP: $34,465; MPG: 21 city / 30 hwy
Option:IS 250 AWD MSRP: $36,925; MPG: 19 city / 27 hwy
Option:IS 350 RWD MSRP: $39,720; MPG: 20 city / 27 hwy
Option:IS 350 AWD MSRP: $42,180; MPG: 18 city / 25 hwy

Performance

The Lexus IS is powered by a 3.5-liter V6. The valve train has 4 camshafts with an intelligent twin valve actuation which is variable. The ratio of compression is 11.8 is to 1.The amount of torque is 277 pound-foot at 4800 revolutions per minute. The amount of horsepower is 306 at 6400 revolutions per minute.

This vehicle can accelerate in 5.6 seconds from 0 to 60 miles per hour. It can also accelerate fast, covering a quarter mile in 13.9 seconds. The maximum amount of speed is attained at 144 miles per hour. The rated fuel scale is 20 miles per gallon for city, 27 miles per gallon for highway and 22 miles per gallon for the combination. It has an automatic transmission which can also be controlled by electronic means. Both the suspension in the rear and the front are independent. The steering capability can also be controlled electronically. The system for brake can also be controlled electronically.

Exterior & Interior

The exterior of the Lexus IS is accessible in 9 exterior paint colors. The design of aerodynamic has a drag which amounts to a coefficient of 0.28. The fog lamps are specifically designed in the front body of the car to provide proper perception during low visibility situations. The wheels which have 17 inches of diameter length are constructed with alloy material. The headlamps are illuminated by using materials made of xenon. These headlamps provide better light illuminations which only use a small amount of power. They are also durable. The wipers are installed with sensors which detect the amount of rain drops. The result of the amount of the rain drops alters the speed of the wipers.

The interior of the IS is also available in 9 colors. The interior communication system employs the use of the Bluetooth technology. Plotting a route is simplified through the use of a navigation system. It can be controlled by using voice or by entering the data into the panel display. Most of the interior fabric is made of leather. Starting the engine can be controlled by pressing a button. The gauges are electronically illuminated after the engine starts.

Safety

For safety, this car utilizes a dual chamber airbag. The dual trait of the airbag evenly scatters the force. It is also capable of monitoring the amount of pressure of the air in each tire. If the amount of the pressure of the air decreases to a serious degree, the car provides a visual warning on the car’s panel. The car is also capable of transmitting a call for help when the driver has limited capacity of doing it. This feature is a built-in service which requires a subscription. A newly bought car has a free subscription for this service for a year. The body of this car is reinforced, providing less injury to the passengers during impact.

The Lexus IS did not receive a good rating on the fuel saving scale compared to other cars from different brands. However, its advantages are its powerful amount of torque and horsepower. Compared with other car models, this car is reasonably cheaper. Its advantages include a larger fuel tank capacity, and a spacious cargo area. Its transmission is electronically activated.

Overall Rating
72 out of 100

What others say:

“From the outside, there are few differences between the 2011 Lexus IS 250 and the IS 350. But the differences underhood really do give these two models quite different personalities.”Car Connection

“IS corners with little body lean, secure grip, and an agile feel. The optional sport suspension and 18-inch tires furnish little cornering advantage.”Consumer Guide

“The 2011 Lexus IS 250 scores points for attractive styling and unshakable reliability, but comes up short in regards to practicality and power.”Edmunds

“The redesigned IS offers two V6 engines and rear-wheel drive, with optional AWD. The interior is well constructed, but cramped.”MSN-Consumer Reports