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

"Handles extremely well cornering, and on freeways, smooth as silk."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Lexus IS)

"Acceleration from a standing start is a little disappointing, but great when passing."

KEVIN S., NY (2010 Lexus IS)

"I was aware of the shortcoming discussed when I bought it. But it continues as a low level annoyance. The handling is quite good for a vehicle providing a cushioned ride, But the car's acceleration is somewhat sluggish, owing to a distinct absence of low-rev torque. The engine must be revved high to get much torque."

JOHN G., NY (2010 Lexus IS)

"It seems to be a little underpowered. I had the same engine in an Avalon and it was strong."

GLENN D., GA (2010 Lexus IS)

"Handling in curves and corners like it's on rails. Acceleration is with a quickness. Nothing else compares for overall feel for the road."

Anonymous, SC (2010 Lexus IS)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"being a convertible, it has a lot of rubber seals and they get very squeaky and require frequent lubrication. Dealer did not solve problem I had to do it my self"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Lexus IS)

"Hard top convertible. Rattles are a big issue when the top is up. Had the Toyota Service Order performed to fix the issue. That lasted for 6 months. Just have to live with it. Not what I expected from Lexus."

PAUL M., CA (2010 Lexus IS)

"Rattles in doors and back seat very small for adults"

BRIAN B., CA (2010 Lexus IS)

"The seats are not comfortable. An hour and a half in the car and my lower right back is in pain"

CHERYL D., CA (2010 Lexus IS)

"a little small inside. wish seats were bigger. cannot see Nav with top down. Light drowns out picture. Auto volume on radio not adequate with top down."

DON T., GA (2010 Lexus IS)

"Seats are VERY comfortable and easily adjusted to fit whoever is driving. They are also heated and cooled. A wonderful feature"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Lexus IS)


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

What Owners Say

"I always buy one year old pre certified cars. Best value for the car"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Lexus IS)

"much better value in terms of reliability and performance when compared to my previous BMW 335XI"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Lexus IS)

"not roomy enough and inadequate trunk space."

ROY K., CA (2010 Lexus IS)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Design. Body lined"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Lexus IS)

"Great styling that makes it stand out from other similar cars."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Lexus IS)

"Simple design yet is eye catching because of the convertible style."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Lexus IS)
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