I just picked up my new IS 350 with Nav and 18" wheels. Love the exterior styling. Tons of options are standard and fully loaded comes in considerably under the competition (328i, A4 and G37). Drove all three, driver feedback seemed to rank out with the BMW and Audi with a very slight edge the G37 was comparable in driving feel. All 4 were nice and decision was tough. It came down to bang for the buck, reliability, and maintenance costs and the Lexus was the clear winner in these vital areas. For the record 2nd choice, BMW 328 or 335i but cost for comparably equipped car was not realistic for me.
Voice recognition, bluetooth integration, keyless entry and start, Navigation features, backup camera.
Lengthen the car by 3-5 inches for more back seat room but do it without trashing the styling. Offer a manual tranny option and/or tighten up the shift points on the auto. These are suggestions for a very well refined vehicle.
Just got the car a few days ago. Excellent graduation gift for myself. Most beautiful car for the money IMO. Sat nav is very slick. Instantaneous highway mpg on the M.I.D. can be ~30 if you don't drive like a hooligan. The ride is on the stiff side, so bumpy roads spoil the fun. Likely exacerbated by 18" alloys. Small price to pay, though. High trunk line and thick c-pillar make parallel parking a challenge, but rear-view camera helps. takes some getting used to. Small rear seats, but I'm 5'11"/145 lbs and I fit fine, great for keeping out fat people. Armrest has aux-in and USB in, plus cig lighter socket (should be 110 V outlet - another socket already exists in front of the gear lever).
Stomp on the gas and leave all of your worries behind. Auto-dimming mirror saves many a headache. Premium audio system sounds great, no real need for ML audio. I waited 4 yrs to get this car and I finally have it. It's like Christmas morning with a Red Ryder BB gun, except I haven't shot my eye out.
Please put trajectory lines on back-up camera screen. Some other models have this (e.g., European RX450h), but this one doesn't. Change TPMS to show real- time pressure, not just alarm when pressure is low. Shift lever in S should be fwd:downshift, bck:upshift. Um...anti-bird-poop coating?
The title says it all: it is one smooth luxury sports sedan! After owning this vehicle for about three months now, it's easy to see why Lexus always gets such high marks in the luxury segment. My wife and I considered the 335i and the G37 sedan as well. Since we keep our cars on average about 8-10 years, we were uneasy about the 335's future reliability and high cost of maintenance and repairs. The G37 was superb, but definitely lagged in terms of interior finish behind the Lexus. The interior is beautifully crafted, and the vehicle lines flow seamlessly. The ride is taut, but not harsh. The vehicle has plenty of power for all but most demanding, and handling is very capable. It's a keeper!
Interior/exterior look, feel, and finish; power and responsiveness is terrific (but don't drive an IS-F before signing the papers on an IS350 - you'll keep looking back at the 'F'); Lexus customer service; DestinationAssist; ride quality; value and reliability.
On really long drives (drove it 750+ miles in one day), the ride can become harsh; rear seat access is difficult even for the limber ones; navi/audio locks you out of key functions when vehicles moves; interior plastics pick up smudges too easily; transmission can be more responsive; not an IS-F!
I just received my Lexus IS 350 that I had special ordered with the Luxury PKG. This car is incredible. It's like driving a high performance cloud. It's so smooth and quiet, but yet you don't have to press the gas pedal very hard to make the car take off like a rocket. The build quality is fantastic, and everything is put together nicely. The interior is high quality. I have to say it's the best car I have ever owned.
HDD NAV is quick and responsive. Mark Levinson sound system is really nice. Power, Luxury, and well put together interior.