This is the first car I've owned in 20 years that did not have BMW on its hood, and I'm not sorry. As a BMW purist, I thought all Lexi drove like they were dead. But I was dead wrong about this one. The IS 350 is real fast, very responsive and amazingly comfortable. Pay no attention to the sniffy automotive press. The new BMWs miss the mark in a big way -- they've lost their soul. I would know, I've had five of them. You can drive the IS 350 through town or at the limit on a canyon road with the same silly grin.
The engine and gearing. Levinson audio is a must, as is the navigation, which is incredibly simple to use and very useful.