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Lexus IS250 2009 review

Overall towcar rating


Key information

  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Year of manufacture: 2009
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Engine size: 2.5litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 30 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 23 miles per gallon
  • Body type: Saloon

Towcar summary

What's good?

Very stable towcar, a dream to drive with the Auto box and cruise control. Getting 22-24mpg while cruising at about 55 to 60mph towing. Hardly notice wagons passing me. MPG solo is approx 30 but can get in low 40's on a run with cruise control.
On the flat it quite happily cruises at 55 in sixth gear towing my Bailey Ranger 460/2.

What's bad?

On long climbs the gear box can't quite make its mind up what gear to use.

Would you recommend it?


Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

Very good for a petrol.

Solo performance *****

What's it like without the caravan?

Very quiet comfortable.

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Currently waiting for a recall on the passenger side airbag.
when the air bag deploys it can cause injury.

Practicality *****

Is it easy to live with?


Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?


Where did you buy it?

Independent showroom

What was the seller like?



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