While the Lexus IS has a plush interior and a relaxed driving manner, it lacks the sporty feel of some cars in this segment. Also, the interior is quite snug. Inside are high-quality materials, a hushed cabin, and a refined-sounding engine. Acceleration is quick, and fuel economy is commendable. However, the ride is stiff and the steering lacks feedback.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Drives well on acceleration and handling"

JUDITH H., CA (2008 Lexus IS)

"great engine, performance and handing are excellent"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus IS)

"Responds well to acceleration. Quiet ride."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus IS)

"Love how this car drives"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus IS)

"Acceleration is less than adequate for highway merging, lane changing, etc."

ROBERT W., CO (2008 Lexus IS)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats readily adjustable. Climate control good ."

JUDITH H., CA (2008 Lexus IS)

"A/C seats. In the Texas heat they are great"

MICHAEL D., TX (2008 Lexus IS)

"Well built car."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus IS)

"Excellent interior, but as this is a sporty car, tighter suspension can wear on you on longer rides."

SCOTT K., CA (2008 Lexus IS)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Dependability"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus IS)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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