We reviewed the all-new Lexus IS 250 and 350 earlier this year but recently had the IS 350 F-Sport in the office for a thorough test. Our editors weighed in on what they liked and were unabashed about what they didn’t.
The looks of the Matador Red Mica tester were a high point. Here are other hits and misses from the Cars.com editorial staff.
“From the side, the IS is pretty unassuming, but move to the front and everything changes. No one can pass by the car without checking out the in-your-face grille.” Jennifer Geiger, news editor
“Despite the grille’s striking similarity to the mouth of the ‘Predator’ alien from the [Arnold] Schwarzenegger flick, I love the attention to detail in the IS 350’s styling. Especially how the rear bumper flows into the lower profile’s side cladding. The F-Sport’s wheels and stance seal the deal.” Joe Bruzek, editor
“I didn’t care for the front end at the [Detroit’s North American International] auto show. Thought they had thrown too much at it. To me the giant grille was never the problem. I like the whole thing a bit better now, possibly because the red color is kind to the design. The F-Sport grille treatment is bolder, but I think the subtle gray makes it work pretty well. If brighter, it would be too much.