I put down the deposit for my IS 350 in late March and my car didn't arrive at the dealership until last week of April. However, after 4 months of ownership and first scheduled maintenance this car is definitely worth the wait. So far everything is good, no complains, build quality is superb. 306 HP, that's enough said. I wish I had got the navigation but oh well, that'll give me something to look forward to for my next car (hopefully another IS in 5 years).
Exterior, engine, dashes, rims... this can take a while.
The Good: Great throttle response, power and comfort; styling is much sportier than pictures appear. Automatic transmission upshifts and downshifts almost perfectly. Luxury feel, very comfortable. The Bad: No manual option, premium gas required, numb steering. Not much really ;) The Ugly: Sportshifter and paddles are next to useless since you can't lock down the autoshifting to particular gear range, only lock out a range until you upshift into it. Trac off only stays off until you exceed 30 mph, then it's back on again.
The IS 350 is better than the reviews may appear, actually. I for one enjoy all that techno stuff and I still think the car thinks it's a 911! Very torquey and great handling, along with every possible amenity make this car the best vehicle I've ever owned. HIGHLY recommended.
Styling, powerful 306 HP engine.
Better/more intuitive navigation/voice command system. Speakers could be somewhat better in the Levinson system, too.
Great car, fast, handles nicely, looks sharp, gets good gas mileage for a 6-cyl 300 hp (suburban driving, no highway, I am averaging 22.5 mpg). Not sure how it will handle in snow & ice, but car feels very balanced, so maybe with snows it will be ok. Barely enough head and leg room for 6 footer.
Better integration for satellite/iPod devices. A little more head room would be great.
The IS 350 is the best handling, most comfortable, fun car I have ever driven/owned. It is plenty sporty enough and extremely well appointed. It is also outstanding value compared to its peers.
The touch screen navigation and audio system are terrific and the best I have seen on the market. The back up camera and distance warning system are very useful safety features. Keyless entry is very convenient.
I'd like an even stronger lumbar support. I also think the location of the gas and trunk lock buttons could be improved. I constantly open the gas cap by mistake.