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2014 Lexus IS 350 Sedan - Rating Details

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2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan (3.5L V6 8-speed Automatic)

Driven On 3/12/2013

Ratings Summary

Even though Lexus says the IS was redesigned with enthusiast driving in mind, the new car, even the F Sport model, remains a few clicks off the top sport sedans in terms of handling feel. But its new interior is superbly made, and the longer wheelbase has made for a more livable rear seat.
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Performance The V6 is smooth but sneaky quick, with 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. This larger, heavier IS has lost some of the handling feel of the previous model. The BMW 3 Series remains the car to beat, at least when it comes to performance.
Acceleration
B
The V6 is unchanged, remains pleasant at all times. The IS 350 is one of the quickest cars in the class. New 8-speed automatic aids fuel economy, blips throttle on downshifts.
Braking
A
The F Sport's upgraded pads were resistant to heat and fade on the track. There was a minor amount of instability when braking from very high speeds. No touchiness around town.
Steering
B
Steering could be a bit more direct, but it's not bad considering this is electric assist. Weighting is appropriate for enthusiasts in Sport+ mode.
Handling
B
The F Sport comes with two-mode driver-adjustable suspension, but it's constantly adapting between nine different levels regardless. Very good grip and a superbly-planted chassis.
Driveability
A
Supple throttle delivery, smooth-shifting automatic and most folks will appreciate the light steering effort in Normal mode.
A
Comfort Comfort and luxury are two big parts of the Lexus IS game. We can't recall softer leather seats, ever. Even the F Sport model has a comfy ride, despite its sporty intentions. The cabin always keeps outside noise out.
Seating Comfort
A
The seats are covered with beautifully soft perforated leather. The F Sport seats have added side bolstering for cornering. Oddly, the passenger-side center armrest has cupholders.
Ride Comfort
B
For the most part the F Sport's adaptive suspension delivers an even ride, with only occasional harshness. Even when the suspension is set to Sport+ it's totally livable.
Quietness
A
On the highway you can't hear any engine or wind noise. At full throttle the V6 remains smooth, never obnoxious. Above 5,000 rpm the intake sound generator gives an extra snarl.
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Interior The IS interior is generally a great place to spend time, with excellent control placement and a good driving position. Sore points include the lack of a front storage bin and poor rear head room. Leg room is better, though.
Ergonomics
A
The lower driver's seat position is a plus. Most controls have a quality feel, although the Remote Touch Controller is finicky. New finger-sliding temp controls work perfectly.
Ingress/Egress
B
Very easy and natural to get in/out up front. The rear doors don't open super wide, and you have to duck a bit to keep from hitting your head on the roof.
Space/Room
C
Head room is decent up front with generous elbow room. Leg and knee room have been improved in the rear, but head room is still tight for most adults.
Visibility
B
A- and B-pillars are slim but the C-pillars are quite large and the rear beltline swings upward. Rear window is wide but not tall. Optional rearview camera has large screen.
Cargo/Storage
C
The front door pockets are wide and have cupholders (rears do not). No front bin, awkward divider shelf in glovebox. Only average-sized center armrest bin. Trunk has wide opening.
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Value Superb build quality and good durability mean Lexus vehicles hold their value well. The interior materials have a top-shelf feel, and for many that's worth the extra price you pay up front.
Build Quality (vs. $)
A
Very good materials and workmanship, as we've come to expect from Lexus. Different textures, surfaces and plenty of padded leather. The seats are fantastically supple.
Features(vs. $)
C
The F Sport adds Adaptive Variable Suspension, LFA-type instruments, high-friction brake pads, 18-inch staggered-width tires and F Sport styling tweaks.
Cost
B
Neither the IS 350 nor the F Sport come standard with navigation. And you'll have to pay extra for safety-related items such as a blind-spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.
MPG
C
Lexus predicts the IS 350 will garner a 19 city/28 highway/22 mpg combined rating from the EPA. That's a 1-mpg improvement on the highway due to the new 8-speed automatic.
Warranty
B
The IS 350 has a 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty and 6 year/70,000 mile drivetrain coverage. The basic warranty is average, but the drivetrain coverage is better than most.
Ownership
A
Free roadside assistance for the first 4 years with unlimited miles. The first two scheduled maitenance visits are also complimentary. Lexus has a top reputation for durability.
B
Fun To Drive On a fun-to-drive measurement, we actually preferred the previous IS 350 F Sport, as it was a bit more lively, more engaging, with better steering and a playfull tail. The new one will probably prove superior in pure numbers.
Driving Experience
A
The IS 350, F Sport or regular, is plenty competent on a back road. But more than anything the IS delivers a thoroughly quiet, comfortable and luxurious sport sedan experience.
Personality
B
You could say the new IS, particularly the F Sport version with its wild honeycomb grille, has a bit too much personality. The V6 now comes with an intake sound generator.
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