What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For Lexus IS250?
Lexus IS250 takes slightly lower profile (shorter) tires compared to other sedans because of its sporty handling and faster than stock acceleration. Here are a few quick points of inspection for making the right decision when buying tires for the IS250:
Staggered wheel sizes
Always check the front and rear tire sizes when buying tires for your Lexus IS250. The sports models of this car have thicker tires in the back, so it won’t work buying four of the same size tires if that’s the case.
Some of these tires offer rebates on Tire Rack’s website.
How Much Do Tires For Lexus IS250 Cost?
The typical cost is higher than average because these need sportier tires. Below are some ballpark estimates:
Four New Tires
You’ll be spending anywhere from $500- $1300 on a new set of tires for your Lexus IS250 + mounting and balancing.
Two New Tires
If you buy our cheapest option for the Lexus IS250, you’ll be spending about $200 bucks for tires, and $50-$100 to have them balanced and installed. Our high-end option for the Lexus IS250 will cost about $250 for the tires, then the additional $50-$100 for balance and installation.
The budget option or a single tire costs ~$90 for the tire, and the expensive option costs around $200. I recommend the Continental ExtremeContact for a single tire replacement because they’re cheaper but still good quality.
Remember, you can’t replace just a single tire on your Lexus IS250 if it’s the AWD unless you want some severe problems with your four-wheel-drive system in the future.
What Tire Size Is Best For A Lexus IS250?
225/45/R17 is the stock size for most base model Lexus IS250, but you might notice your Lexus has staggered tire sizes from front to rear.
For example, the 2015 Lexus F-Sport front tire size is 225/40/R18 and the rear tire size is 255/35/R18 according to Goodyear’s website.
That means the rear tire on the Lexus IS250 F-Sport lower profile (not as tall), and quite a bit wider than the front tires.
How Long Should Your Lexus IS250 Tires Last?
Your tires should last for about as long as the warranty mileage from the specific tire brand if you’ve kept them properly inflated and rotated the entire time.
Don‘t expect the staggered tire sizes on the sports models to last quite as long because you can’t rotate them from front to back.
When To Replace Tires On Your Lexus IS250?
Since the IS250 is a lower-riding vehicle, you won’t be able to easily inspect the tire treads (especially the inside part of the tread).
We recommend having a bi-monthly or tri-monthly tire inspection done by a professional, especially if you are driving on older tires. It’s hard to see the condition of the inside of the treads when the car is on the ground—you gotta raise it.
The general rule of thumb is to replace the tires when the tread depth gets down to 2/32” (two-thirty seconds of an inch). The rear tires on your RWD Lexus IS250 might wear out faster than the front, so keep an eye on tire pressures and stay on top of tire rotations.
Does The Brand Matter For A Lexus IS250 When Replacing Tires?
Yes, I think it matters more than your average sedan. Because the Lexus IS250 is faster than your average Toyota sedan (they’re made by the same company), it needs sportier tires, and the cheap sporty tires just aren’t going to be near as good as your quality options.
Be wary of off-brand. I highly recommend our top pick (Continental ExtremeContact) because they’re reasonably priced and of super good quality. Some other brands/models to check for include Bridgestone Potenza, Hankook, Kumho, Toyo, Dunlop, Falken, etc.
Also, don’t try to put all-terrain tires or anything rated for SUVs/light trucks on your IS250 unless you’re trying to create a mod machine.
Does the Year of Your Lexus IS250 Matter When Buying New Tires?
Yes, there are many different tire sizes (and wheel sizes) for the IS250. You’ll find that most of the base model IS250s come with 17-inch wheels, and the sport models come with 18-inch wheels.
What Are The Biggest Tires I Can Put On A Lexus IS250?
The biggest tires you’ll find are for the 18-inch wheels versions. There isn’t much space for anything other than the stock tire size on this car because the IS250 rides pretty low.