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Lexus IS
Lexus IS
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Base MSRP price range:
$36,550 - $47,240
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Car Type: Luxury compact cars
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Lexus IS Overview

The IS fails as a sports sedan. While the 250's small V6 is refined, performance is rather pokey and its 21 mpg overall is unreasonably thirsty. The IS 350 is punchier, but also underwhelming to drive. Handling is secure but not engaging enough for a true sports sedan. Ride comfort is neither tied down nor plush. Even by the class's minimal standards, the IS interior is extremely cramped. Getting in and out is an ungraceful chore. Fit and finish is OK, but not a standout. Controls use a mouse-like controller, which proves fussy and distracting. AWD is optional. Reliability of the 3.5-liter is well above average; the 2.5-liter is average, but it scores too low to be recommended.

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