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2006 Lexus IS Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: IS250 thoughts by adamcmarko

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Reviewed: 2006 Lexus IS

4dr Sedan 204-horsepower 2.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Why the 2006 Lexus IS?

Fuel economy

At around 200hp, it isnt the fastest luxury sedan. However, on my roadtrip across the eastern / mid eastern USA I was able to get ~33 ish mpg (computer reported) on flat terrain and premium fuel. City mpg is what I expect,22-25ish. But I think it is great as a long distance comfortable vehicle.

Ride smoothness

Definitely a quiet and smooth ride, I took a 3994 mile round trip vacation and barely had a road noise problem, except for very poor roads.

Front seat support & comfort

The good of the front seat comfort is that the seats are ventilated. They could be stronger and cooler but that is my preference. Why is it that we cant get Audis, BMWs, or Lexus with fabric seats in the US?

Why Not the 2006 Lexus IS?

Powertrain performance

Could use a few more HP. The engine hasnt been updated in 6 years.

Front seat support & comfort

The front seat headrests are too far back for me. I feel if I use them I am looking at the sky because of their angle. I would prefer some fwd-rev adjustment which i have seen on other cars.

Conclusion

Price (when used), RWD, weight distribution, ventilated seats

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