Consumer Reports Rates 2 Models Less-than-Favorable

The Detroit Bureau

The new 2014 Lexus IS 250 and the 2014 Infini­ti Q50 received low scores from Con­s­mer Reports, fail­ing to achieve the cov­et­ed “rec­om­mend­ed” rat­ing.

Find out what caused Con­sumer Reports to low­er its rec­om­men­da­tions for these two mod­els.

The new 2014 Lexus IS 250 received mere­ly a “good” rat­ing from Con­sumer Reports. It’s the low­est rat­ing a Lexus sedan has got­ten in years.

As if recent qual­i­ty issues weren’t enough to han­dle, Toy­ota and Nis­san are now deal­ing with less-than-stel­lar reviews from Con­sumer Reports on their two newest lux­u­ry entries for 2014.

The 2014 Lexus IS 250 and Infini­ti Q50 scores were among the low­est for expen­sive sport sedans, accord­ing to the mag­a­zine. In fact, nei­ther vehi­cle achieved the cov­et­ed “Rec­om­mend­ed” rat­ing. That is in part due to the fact that nei­ther can receive a “reli­a­bil­i­ty” score because they are new; how­ev­er, the IS 250 wouldn’t have received the rat­ing because it scored too low.

“The Infini­ti G has been one of Con­sumer Reports’ high­est-rat­ed sedans for many years, but after its 2014 redesign and tran­si­tion to the new Q des­ig­na­tion, this car seems to have lost its way,” s aid Jake Fish­er, direc­tor of auto­mo­tive test­ing for Con­sumer Reports.

“Han­dling is mun­dane, due in part to dull steer­ing. The under­whelm­ing dri­ving expe­ri­ence strips the car of much of its sporty lega­cy. The Q50 also doesn’t ride well and isn’t par­tic­u­lar­ly qui­et. Its new InTouch dual-screen con­trols are slow to respond and inte­ri­or qual­i­ty is noth­ing spe­cial. On the plus side, the Q50 is very quick, even with the added weight of the option­al all-wheel-dri­ve sys­tem.”

The Lexus IS 250 fin­ished with a “good,” which was the worst road test score post­ed by any Lexus in recent years, Fish­er said.

The IS 250 was deemed “nei­ther sporty nor lux­u­ri­ous” and the 2.5-liter V6 with all-wheel-dri­ve the “lacks punch.” The mag­a­zine said the car achieved 21 mpg dur­ing its test­ing which was dis­ap­point­ing.

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