I love driving this car. Looked at Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Acura, and Honda and this by far was more to my standings. Yes, the back seat is a little small but if you're the one driving, who cares. I was torn between the IS 250 and G35. I liked how the G35 had more room but after doing a cost analysis the IS 250 turned out to be a better purchase.
My favorite features are the Bi-Xenon lights and the perforated seats.
Wish I could figure out a way to adjust my HID light so they are a little higher at night when I am driving.
Love driving my 250 after 17 months. Occasionally wish I had bought the 350, but I would rarely use the extra power. The 250 and 350 handle great on freeways, country roads or around town. The 250 is a little slow out of the blocks, but has great pulling power at higher speeds. I didn't buy the car with safety in mind, but this is one solid car. Someone crashed into the back of my car at high speed on a freeway yesterday, resulting in one totally written off car and one lightly damaged Lexus. At the time of impact I was pushed into a sideways skid, but handling was phenomenal and the car was brought under control easily.
Refinement. Comfort. Handling. Toys (satnav, bluetooth, etc.) plus AC seats in hot climates
Brake dust is easily ignored. For me the real issues are (a) rear legroom, and (b) lack of good cupholders! As these are the only issues that I have, it's safe to say this is a fantastic car that looks great.
I have had my Lexus for a little over a year now and I still love it! It is beautiful, extremely comfortable, and so fun to drive! My fiance is currently looking for a new car and loves driving mine so much he wants to get one for himself.
So this is the most sporty offering from Lexus (save for the IS 350, but that's another ballgame). This makes me seriously question Lexus' ability to build a sports car. The ride is great, the interior is comfortable, the options and gadgets are perfect, the exterior looks beautiful but where's the power? Where's the handling? Where's the fun factor. Sure, coming from a Honda it's greatly powerful and fun, but after recently trading it in and looking at offerings from BMW and Infiniti, this car feels like a slowpoke! For not much more a 328 or G35 would be exponentially more fun to drive. Sure, the luxury is there, which I love and appreciate, but the sporting characteristic is not.
More comfortable inside (and nicer looking inside) than a BMW, smooth ride, smooth (though underpowered) engine, looks great, very cheap for a relatively refined car.
Improve the engine, make the handling and steering not feel numb,
Car is capable of very good gas mileage. Engine response is delayed and acceleration is weak. However, very strong and capable once up to speed on highway. Suspension a little stiff but good on highways. Steering is quick and you need to get accustomed to it. Some break noise from front and terrible brake dust situation with front wheels. Very solid and fun to drive. Test drove a 330i and decided to go with the Lexus. I am satisfied with my decision.
Comfort, design and appearance.
Fix the front brake situation with the dust. No excuse for a car of this level to have such a fundamental issue. Improve acceleration and refine program to eliminate slow response. Increase rear seating room.