Lexus IS tyres
The stock in trade of Lexus is comfort and refinement, something which its smallest saloon, the IS, delivers in spades. It was originally launched in 1999, with Lexus’ intrinsic reliability making older models a particularly sensible used car choice today. The best-selling models were the turbo diesels of the second generation of the car, built between 2005 and 2013, still popular now for their refinement and comfort.
At the same time, a high-performance IS-F version was also available. This packed the punch of a proper sports car. A 5-litre V8 engine made it a wolf in sheep’s clothing and one that stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb against the sobriety we’ve come to expect from Lexus.
In common with its larger brother, the GS, the new IS (above) features just two engine choices. A 2.5 litre petrol version offers the handling and build quality you’d expect but fuel economy won’t be its strong point. However, in the place of a diesel is a petrol hybrid model. Low Carbon Dioxide emissions ensure this version’s popularity as both a private and company car. As with any Lexus, the IS is known for its quiet comfort on the most uneven roads and its ability as a motorway cruiser.
Toyo and Bridgestone tyres have been the factory-fitted choice of Lexus for most IS models for over fifteen years. Toyo’s Proxes and J48 tyres have been well-received by many Lexus owners, offering low road noise levels to complement the quietness of these cars, even at speed. They are also known for good grip levels, an important feature in terms of both safety and performance. Bridgestone’s Potenza range remains a popular fitting for the IS, with the added benefit of excellent durability. Many IS drivers have chosen to replace a worn tyre of either of these types on a like-for-like basis. Doing so comes has come with the additional benefit that both come at competitive prices compared to many other options from well-known manufacturers.
Bridgestone tyres are the most popular choice for the IS with etyres customers. These will also suit the demanding nature of the IS-F, which features 19-inch wheels with low-profile sports tyres. Needless to say, high levels of grip and durability are what this model demands from its tyres and the Potenza range tops the sales list. For this sports model, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric and Michelin Pilot Sport tyres are also worth considering. Neither will be the cheapest on the rack, but both offer the long-term benefit of increased durability along with excellent grip in all conditions.
Continental, Goodyear and Dunlop tyres are all popular replacement choices across the Lexus range and for the IS in particular. Considering your own driving style and mileage will help you choose the right tyre from the many premium options available from these manufacturers.