2007 Lexus IS 350 User Reviews
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- best interior in its class, excellent acceleration, bluetooth, GPS, great stereo
- steering is a bit soft, nav system lock, no change holder, second cup holder is ackward
I test drove the BMW 328i, 335i, Mini Cooper S, Audi A4 2.0T & 3.2 Quattro as well as the IS 250 and 350. I ultimately bought the black/tan 2007 IS 350 w/Premium Package & ML stereo, chrome wheels.
I had narrowed my choice down to the 335i and the IS350. Overall, the IS 350 was the best overall package.
The 335i handled better. It's a really fun car to drive! However, the IS handles well also, and in my opinion, unless you plan on racing your car on a track - the difference will be negligible. If you plan on racing a car.....buy something else or wait for the IS-F. The auto transmission, which some people think is unacceptable for a "sports" car is very responsive and the manual shift mode with the paddle shifters is fun, but I honestly rarely use them.
I did not get the sport suspension, as I did not feel I needed it - the ride is smooth - but you can definitely still feel the road.
I think the 335i and IS 350 are equal as far as acceleration. Make sure you test drive the IS a bit with ECT Power ON. QUICK and FAST!!!
So,... what made me pick the IS? The interior is awesome. The seats are super comfortable, the Mark Levinson stereo is great. The bells and whistles, like bluetooth, GPS/Nav systsm, XM radio...all of it make driving the car that much more pleasant - and I live in LA, so I wanted to have a car that is also comfortable as a daily driver, as I do have to sit in traffic! The Lexus hands-down has a more luxurious interior.
I've had my IS 350 for 3 months and I love it. I have no regrets on my decision. And I spent way less $$$ on the IS than to get a less equipped 335i (coupe). And, unlike more snobby people might think as a put-down - I bought Toyota reliability (and great Lexus service).
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