Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50 lose endorsement from Consumer Reports image

Toyota failed to reach the important recommended rating for its new Lexus IS 250 sedan in tests conducted by the Consumer Reports magazine, which cited reasons including fuel economy and handling. And one if its rivals, the Q50 from Infiniti also failed.

According to Consumer Reports, the IS 250, which starts from $35,950 in the US, is “neither sporty nor luxurious” and had the “worst road test score posted by any Lexus sedan in recent memory.” The overall handling is “short on finesse” and noise is high, according to the magazine, which had the 2.5-liter V6 version of the car. The review isa serious blow for the premium automaker, as Toyota has been mulling to reclaim top position in the segment in the US.

“As the Consumer Reports evaluation includes many factors, Lexus is unclear on the cause for the low rating,” said Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman. “We look forward to engaging in a discussion with them to get more direct feedback on their experience with the car.”

Nissan Motor’s Infiniti Q50 sedan also failed to get the recommended rating, Consumer Reports said. Although overall the road test was at a “very good” score, it ultimately gave an “underwhelming driving experience” compared with the outgoing model.

“Infiniti’s engineering team is currently reviewing their test of the Infiniti Q50,” said Stefan Weinmann, an Infiniti spokesman, referring to Consumer Reports. “Q50 scored well, but in line with CR’s normal practice, is still too new for the publication’s reliability results which is necessary to categorize the car as recommended.”

Honda Motor Co. changed to a new generation of the Civic sedan in just 19 months, the quickest model changeover of a car in the company’s history, after failing to win the recommended status from Consumer Reports for the model back in 2011.

Via Bloomberg