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Lexus IS 350 steady, calm to competitors

While all-wheel is not a necessity in Southeastern North rain is less of a concern your auto has four wheels. And what was once an most often seen on and Audis has spread to brands as as Jaguar, Lamborghini and Hyundai.

2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport AWD

3.5-liter V-6 with 306 horsepower and 277 feet of torque.

Transmission: automatic.

Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

Gas per gallon: 19 city, 26 highway.

as tested: $49,750.

Best Competent handling in all manner of

Worst features: A bit cramped; the transmission should be upgraded to speeds.

Lexus, a division of City, Japan-based Toyota Corp. has sold cars with AWD since the 2006 IS

The IS has been redesigned for 2014, and the least expensive model Lexus offers with Competing with the likes of Motoren Werke AG’s BMW 3 and General Motors Co.’s ATS, the latest IS is a sporty sedan with an attractive and a youthful vibe.

The IS 250 AWD starts at not including a delivery fee of $910. The AWD add weight, however, and the 2.5-liter V-6 to produce only a miserly 204 That’s underwhelming when around more than pounds, so acceleration is best as somnolent.

A much wiser choice is the IS 350 AWD its 3.5-liter engine and 306 horsepower. The price is $41,700. (For sake, a BMW 335i xDrive starts at $45,400, and has six fewer

Unfortunately, neither Lexus has been significantly updated for generation. This affects which is middling, with the IS 250 AWD 20 miles per gallon in city and 27 on the highway, and the IS 350 AWD 19 and 26.


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The first thing notice on the new car is the nose, which has the company’s new signature grille. literally in your face, out in a manner suggesting Lexus is no willing to play the segment’s While awkward on some models, the funky front is at with the IS’s lively

This isn’t a big sedan, and the footprint is underscored when you get Though the wheelbase and back have grown this taller or stouter passengers feel cramped. NFL centers not apply.

The interior is playful, a leather-coated dashboard built a collection of shelves, and details such as red stitching on the steering Many of us no longer equate with glossy wood – I don’t need a movable thank you – and the IS’s interior is far interesting than the Lexus of old.

The driver’s side has an odd hump from the floor, a result of an by the AWD equipment. It doesn’t affect but I often found the underside of my leg resting on it. Sorry, but that’s sloppy engineering.

My test which I drove for more a week around New York, New and Pennsylvania, also had the F Sport which adds a tauter and bolder exterior and interior Horsepower remains the same. options, the price came to less than $50,000.

If I bought the IS 350 to chase after and Cadillacs on back roads, I’d be It takes 5.7 seconds to reach 60 per hour, and its overriding characteristic sharp corners is caution. stability and traction controls early and often when driving hard.

By comparison, the ATS AWD is a bounding bird dog to the IS’s terrier. The $44,020 Cadillac is of wet-nosed exuberance, whereas the V-6 has almost no bark, no howl in its

Frankly, I’m OK with that. steady and calm wins the Whatever the weather, the IS feels and almost unerringly competent, on slippery surfaces.

The car’s electronic mind allows too much torque to through any tire when the is slippery, so even immoderate of the gas won’t upset stability.

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