Competes with: [Deep breath] Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac CT4, Genesis G70, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Americans’ desire to buy an SUV
Looks like: The old IS hit the gym (and maybe the plastic surgeon, too)
Powertrain: 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (rear-wheel drive), 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (all-wheel drive) or 311-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (IS 350); eight-speed automatic (RWD) or six-speed automatic (AWD)
Hits dealerships: Late fall
Lexus virtually has debuted the latest generation of its IS compact sports sedan, showing off a longer and wider look that is sporty and muscular, crucial in a class where nearly every competing manufacturer touts its model’s driving fun factor. The IS’ updated interior, meanwhile, tries to keep pace in the rapidly accelerating technology battle.
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