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      10-28-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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There has been a lot of talk about this car. One publication has been very lukewarm about this car, just like me. Whereas other publications have all hailed the new "king" these guys have steered away from that. They had head to head with the Q50 and the IS350 barely won that match up



They have a long term round up where they state

"There's also the matter of actual performance. Compared to the competition, all three models are down on power and subsequently slow in a straight line. The 350s feel quick enough that I can't grouse much, but the 250 is downright lethargic for the class. In the corners, though, all three cars put up respectable numbers on par with the competition. These are momentum cars -- they're better when you can keep the speed up and the RPMs high, where their naturally aspirated power lies.

A year with the Lexus IS line, then, confirms expectations. They're comfortable, reliable cars that are also sporty in a corner. They're not the most fun or emotional cars in the class, but they won't sock you with horrendous repair bills, and that's a pretty good trade for most people. As long as you're one of the ones who likes the way they look. I still haven't warmed up to the predator face."

http://m.motortrend.com/roadtests/on..._line_verdict/

I think this is the most balanced review of the is line that I have seen
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I like the IS350 with the exception of the F-Sport grill. But its too small in the back and trunk for what I need. If they did a stretched hatch I would be interested.
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I had a chance to drive an IS250 awd a friend bought for his wife. I have to say, for a DD it's not a bad car.
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Oh good, another thinly veiled IS350 isn't that great thread.
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Oh good, another thinly veiled IS350 isn't that great thread.
Well don't let the cat out of the bag

In any case I let the reviewers speak for themselves and if that's the impression you got, that the is350 isn't that great, then we are on the same page
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I like the IS350 with the exception of the F-Sport grill. But its too small in the back and trunk for what I need. If they did a stretched hatch I would be interested.
I have warmed up to the Q50 except for the overhang behind the rear tires. It's HUGE and makes the stnd 18s look tiny
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I have warmed up to the Q50 except for the overhang behind the rear tires. It's HUGE and makes the stnd 18s look tiny
I like the Q70L from Infiniti, but its a bit to fancy for me to buy.
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335, blows it out of the water...same with the infinity. But if I had to choose, I would probably go Q50, as I think its much better looking in the wild.
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At least at high altitude in Denver, I would have seriously considered the new is350 due to the price, design, tech, and interior except it is super slow due to not having a turbo. It doesn't even come close to the 335 and was an instant deal killer.
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At least at high altitude in Denver, I would have seriously considered the new is350 due to the price, design, tech, and interior except it is super slow due to not having a turbo. It doesn't even come close to the 335 and was an instant deal killer.
Yeah, that's one word that I see being associated with the IS line, that word is slow. Consider that their M3/4 competitor, the RC-F is at 12.8 at the quarter, about the same as the 335i with PPK.
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I was really close to leasing an IS350 F Sport AWD... almost by process of elimination. I didn't want a 335 sedan (they're everywhere). I couldn't get myself to buy a coupe (435, M235). Benzes and Caddies are boring. Audis don't lease well and aren't quite sporty enough.

I kicked it around for a few weeks and just ...... couldn't...... pull ....... the trigger. I knew the Lexus wasn't the right car. I told myself it was a Camry deep down ... case closed.

Then the 435 Gran Coupe came out and saved the day!!!!!
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This is a very polarizing car the IS- just as my new 435 is.

But I shopped the IS being a 12 year BMW owner.

But the IS has a more love it or hate it design with that huge spindle and I think it is too
much- but does look really good in their "mineral Gray" color. I could even put up with the spindle if the "character" line on the bottom of the car didn't swoop up to the tail lights- its seems a bit over styled and trying to hard to me - the huge spindle is enough.

And the IS interior I think is "nicer" than my 435- not by much but it is. Very solid look, excellent materials and fantastic seats. I loved the seats. HOWEVER
most reviewers have also cant stand the infotainment interface and that would drive me nuts. I actually have gotten used to the BMW one and love the physical macro keys.
I didn't drive the Lexus enough to Make my own decision but it looked cool Ill say that.

Both cars are kind of tight interiors and thats fine with me but the IS is smaller.

The top end sound system simply is FAR superior in the Lexus- the HK system in the BMW is weak in comparison and for the life of me why BMW doesn't up the ante in the sound department is beyond me. Id pay more- it depends on your priorities in a car of course and part of mine is a kick ass sound system- life is to short to cruise the highway without a solid sound system. BMW 2-3-4 series just doesn't have an alternative.

And the Lexus is less $ and something to be said for that.

Lexus gas mileage is worse- but the F36 at least seems to usually not get the MPG as advertised? Mine is averaging 25 not bad for where I drive.

But the SPEED of the BMW 6 just builds so much nicer (after the turbo spools up of course) than the Lexus normally aspirated 6. I wouldn't call the lexus slow and I dont care what the numbers say- it just didn't feel that fast to me like the 435 can. I didn't drive the Lexus on a bunch of curvy roads so I dont know how the handling with them

The 435 GC is just has more long term class- looks mean as hell with my front splitter and blacked out kidney and is not the look at me know Lexus. All subjective the Lexus is a great car and I wouldn't blame anyone for choosing it.
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