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

"It is comfortable driving and has adequate power for passing"

JAN V., KS (2009 Lexus IS)

"The handling is mushy for performance driving and the stability system interferes with good driving. For the "mushy" part, the car nose dives on hard cornering which reduces handling substantially. The stability system can cut the gas on a 180 degree turn if you accelerate out of the turn even though there is no spinning of the wheels or anything like that. The latter is actually dangerous!"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus IS)

"It will scoot when you barely touch the gas pedal. Have to watch yourself or you will be over the speed limit. Steering is responsive, better than my neighbor's corvette! Driving is an enjoyment."

MARK V., TX (2009 Lexus IS)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"its just a great car"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lexus IS)

"When a seat setting is selected it also changes the 2 side mirrors. Legacy doesn't do that"

DIANA S., OH (2009 Lexus IS)

Value

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

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Sharp looking car. Clean interior, looks impressive inside and out. Interior is organized and functional."

MARK V., TX (2009 Lexus IS)

"styling is very good I get compliment all the time"

Anonymous, CA (2009 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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