While I have never been a fan of Lexus, always saying they were just glorified Toyota's, I surprisingly find myself owning one and loving it. The IS has always caught my eye and I fell in love 60 seco...
While I have never been a fan of Lexus, always saying they were just glorified Toyota's, I surprisingly find myself owning one and loving it. The IS has always caught my eye and I fell in love 60 seconds into test driving one.
While the performance is less impressive than that of the BMW 3 and Audi A4, the IS is much more comfortable and user friendly when it comes to its technology. The BMW and Audi navigation systems are very difficult to use. The Lexus' GPS is very straightforward and simple to use. The push start is awesome, although I often forget where I put my key. The LED lights inside are awesome, rear view camera is phenomenal, and overall drive of the car is great. I never get tired of driving it even on long drives and am always comfortable no matter how long I'm in it.
Usually I drive the car in "Sport" mode as it gives it a little more pick up. After you get going the car accelerates well, but off the start it drags. What's really cool is you can set the dashboard to let you know when you go above certain speeds - rings around the speedometer turn orange and then red. This is especially useful on the highway.
I'm a 5'8 male, and I find the size of the car to be perfect. However, if you're 6' or taller, this is not the car for you. I've had tall friends in the front seat and they look cramped - their knees come awkwardly close to their chest - and there is no way they would fit in the backseat.
Overall I love my car - it's sleek, sexy, comfortable, fun to drive, easy to maneuver, and the controls take no time to master. The certification program is AWESOME - I definitely suggest you purchase the tire warranty if it's offered through the dealership because the tires Lexus puts on the car SUCK. They go flat easily and are expensive to replace. Roadside assistance is quick to respond and act and Lexus customer service is definitely 5-star quality. I am very impressed.
Gas mileage, Xenon headlamps, heated and cooled seats (AWESOME), rear view camera, navigation, comfort, east of controls, handling, turning radius, sound system, clarity and ease of bluetooth, gas mileage, handling in the snow, options, value, reliability, maintenance costs.
Extremely small backseat, mundane handling compared to its German competitors, paint chips/scratches VERY easily, brake dust on the front rims is just as bad as my BMW while performance is less than, brakes take a little getting used to - people who drive my car for the first time often jerk around, tires, and blind spots.
Overall - I LOVE my car and am very impressed by it. Will I buy another Lexus? Probably. Even if you don't think you'd like it - test drive it. I did. And fell in love. The only thing I am really disappointed by is the lack of power - the AWD wasn't available on the IS350 until a couple years later. But it's still a sexy car that I am proud to call my own and enjoy getting into every day.