Can The IS 350 F-Sport Be Luxurious And Sporty?
I had the keys to this IS 350 F-Sport for a week. Here are my thoughts.
Lexus, in my eyes, has only been good for more of a luxury manufacturer rather than a sporty one. When people ask what affordable luxury vehicle they should choose I have always told them, "if you want luxury just for the sake of it, get a Lexus. If you want sporty, get an Infiniti." After driving the IS 350 F-Sport, I need to ask myself if I can add a Lexus to the list of sporty affordable luxury vehicles to offer my consumer advice on. Is the IS 350 luxurious as well as sporty? Let's find out.
The exterior of the IS 350 is beautiful. Not only is sleek and elegant, but it also has curves that stand out to make it more attractive. The matte black BBS wheels add the cherry on top to make the IS 350 look more sporty. Though Lexus is known for its hourglass-looking grille, this one actually suits the IS 350 to go along with its figure. It sits low as if it is ready to pounce. So, as far as styling goes on the outside, the IS 350 is both sporty and luxurious.
The interior of the IS 350 is nothing short of a perfect blend of sporty and luxurious. The bucket seats offer plenty of support and comfort while the rest of the inside is beautiful to the eye and soft to the touch. Cabin space is quite fair since I can sit behind myself comfortably in every seat. My only issue is getting in the rear seat with the roof sitting a bit low so I have to duck whilst getting in the back seat. The final complimentary piece is the ash wood trim to top it all off.
Pricing and Options
So, how much does this IS 350 F-Sport cost? After adding everything up, the total price comes to $55,050. What does that give a potential owner? For safety, the IS 350 comes with blind-spot monitoring, Lexus safety system with pre-collision, pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, rear pedestrian detection, 360-degree monitor, and parking assist. For comfort and convenience, the IS 350 comes with power heated and ventilated seats, a Mark Levinson sound system, a heated steering wheel with wood trim, a panoramic sunroof, an infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Wi-Fi hotspot, sat-nav, and voice command.
The 3.5L V6 under the hood of the IS 350 F-Sport produces only 311 horsepower to the rear wheels. With my driving habits, I was able to achieve 22 miles per gallon. Ride comfort in the IS 350 is astounding, to say the least. The suspension keeps everything tidy or comfortable depending on the situation thanks to the adaptive variable suspension. Acceleration from 0-60 is decently quick for what the IS 350 has to offer at 5.6 seconds. The Torsen LSD in the rear helps get it up to speed. Steering is not only light when you want it to be, but also sharp and direct. With what the IS 350 has, it is great for long-distance journeys as well as carving mountain roads. The cherry on top of that is the exhaust sounds pretty aggressive throughout the powerband.
So, is the IS 350 F-Sport luxurious and sporty? To sum it up, yes it is. It is not shocking honestly. Eventually, I would have discovered that Lexus was capable of something to drive that wasn't just luxurious to drive, but also fun. As for the price, it is quite affordable which makes getting an IS 350 F-Sport would be a reasonable choice. The final cherry on top is that it has Toyota quality, so it'll last longer than most vehicles on the road.
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