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Old 10-26-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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I haven't test-driven either one yet...but I'm leaning towards the IS for my next car. I'm sure the 250 has enough power, but does the 350 really add enough additional power and "zoom" factor to justify the lower gas mileage and higher price?

I suppose also that if I'm concerned about mileage then I have no business being in a sport car, but there you have it.

Also, do they both take regular gas or does the 350 require premium?
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Incognito
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It's up to your pockets. The IS250 has the same goodies the IS has EXCEPT the power.
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I haven't test-driven either one yet...but I'm leaning towards the IS for my next car. I'm sure the 250 has enough power, but does the 350 really add enough additional power and "zoom" factor to justify the lower gas mileage and higher price?

I suppose also that if I'm concerned about mileage then I have no business being in a sport car, but there you have it.

Also, do they both take regular gas or does the 350 require premium?

Yes. It is a huge difference. 100 horsepower, and about 2.5 seconds 0-60.

Premium gas for both.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:47 PM
 
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actually, the 350 is adequate power. the 250 is just for people who want the looks but not the hp.


(and 0-60 in 2.5 seconds? NAAAAAHHHH)
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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actually, the 350 is adequate power. the 250 is just for people who want the looks but not the hp.


(and 0-60 in 2.5 seconds? NAAAAAHHHH)
I think he meant the 350 goes 0-60 2.5 seconds faster than the 250
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I think he meant the 350 goes 0-60 2.5 seconds faster than the 250

Yes, that.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:26 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The 250 is an awful performer. Who in their right mind would pay that kind of money for Civic like performance?
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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The 250 is an awful performer. Who in their right mind would pay that kind of money for Civic like performance?
I see your point. I think I would be disappointed to have a cool car but with no "get up and go."
We'll see what's what after the test drive...but your comment was the kind of insight I was looking for.
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:40 AM
 
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My mother in-law has a IS250. It's a great car but definitely lacks performance. I have not driven the IS350 but my dad has a 2005 IS300 5 speed and that car is much more sporty than the IS250.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:20 PM
 
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I find the IS unacceptably small for a four-door midsize car, although I understand what Toyota is going for in the "sport sedan" market. It cramped in the driver's seat, limited head room, and forget sitting in the back seat if you have legs imo. I also look at it as a car to haul four people, not be a roomy stand in for a sports car, so that colors my thinking.

Faults with the IS aside, the 250 is a dog - too slow, boring to drive, but it gets the manual trans. The 350 has decent power, but is auto only. Its like the manual is for the economy model IS, which makes no sense in a Lexus.

If I was getting a Toyota or Lexus, I'd look at the GS, or if I could wait, wait for the FT86 concept to go on sale, rumored to be either a Celica or Scion currently. The GS is a great car for the rwd platform, engine power, and cabin size. For that though, you could get a Hyundai Genesis sedan for a lot less money. Actually, you could get a Genesis sedan for IS350 money, get more interior room, better performance, and do it on regular gas.
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