2009 Lexus IS
There are 6 user reviews for the 350 RWD trim shown below
- Sporty design; decent power, solid road feel and build quality
- Nav system and entire user interface! Oh, the horror!
Purchased As Used
I purchased a 2007 IS 350 in order to have a slightly more userful car than a sports coupe that I owned before that. Potential buyers should be aware that this is the marketspace for the IS - it isn't a full-size sedan, and it isn't a sports sedan either - it is a coupe with four doors. The sloping rear posts, the tiny room in the rear seats - this car is a large coupe through and through.
Performance: well above-average power if you go with the IS 350 instead of the 250. I haven't found myself wanting more power (yet), even with a car full of adults and a baby stroller (yes, that's why I had to upgrade). There is a little bit of a hesitation in the transmission though. My prior car (an Infiniti) was very smooth through all gears, and in particular when cruising with the foot off the gas. The Lexus isn't quite as smooth - there is some hesitation, and it tends to stay in overdrive when I am cruising to a stop. Not a problem for me, as I tend to just throw it in neutral when I'm cruising or slowing down, but it just isn't as smooth as the transmission was in the Infiniti. But, it still isn't bad by any means. It's a pleasure to drive and it has a very solid road feel.
Control panels and Nav System: I can't even begin to say how disappointed I am in the instrument panel and the nav system. To be perfectly honest, I haven't seen such a bad design in my entire life. It's funny becuase the instrument panel isn't something that you get to know intimately until you have been in the car for a few weeks. At first, you focus on the body and the engine. But after you get comfortable driving it, you start to explore the instruments and the other car controls - and that is when the frustration begins with the IS. Big time.
Let's start with the user controls. They are scattered about the instrument panel in a random pattern that makes no sense whatsoever. Many labels are completely incomprehensible - acronyms galore. ECT, PVT, UIP - without a graphic, it isn't easy to figure out what they are supposed to be. And using them is no easier - you have to select through menus, click up, down - its not fun when you're driving.
Then let's get to the Nav system. Wow, is it awful. The menu makes no sense at all - it is impossible to go to any city center, as you have to type the city, select the city, and then it goes back to the menu again... what? Searching simply for the nearest restaurant/store/movie theater - good luck figuring that out. And - as everyone has noted - you cannot do it while driving!
Case in point - even if you pay for a Nav system, Lexus essentially sells you a car without a Nav system, because it is designed so poorly and because of the lockout. It's a huge POS. So bad, in fact, that I wouldn't buy another Lexus. For the moment I keep my iPod stuck on the Nav system, and I use Google Maps. Sad. $2000 down the drain for a useless and crappy Nav system.
So if you want a sporty looking upgrade to a coupe, try the IS 350. If you need more room, just go straight to BMW or Audi. If you are a technophile and you want a cutting edge computer, Nav system, iPod interface - don't even think about the Lexus. It's a great car for a specific audience, but its not the car for everyone....read morehide
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Purchased As Used
Having a lot of fun with this car. With all the options it's a lot cheaper and looks better than the 335. Reliability!!!
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- The luxury and quality combined!
- Its a sport model so ofcourse the backseat space will be tight.
Purchased As New
First of all: Attn to the previous poster named DAVID! The IS350 comes with 3 seat memory positions!!! If you didnt find it,then ask your dealer! But dont say something that you have no idea about!!!
Anyways,i still have the first IS model,which is IS 300,it was made in 2001, its 8 years, and the only thing that i had to ever change was the brakes,tires and oil,thats very amazing quality. And i still have great performance and 140 mph is easy thing for my IS 300. I have big trust in the Lexus and would reccomend it to anyone who enjoys top luxury and quality.
P.S. I hear alot about the new bmw's and mercedes that after only 6 month they need serious repairs beyond brakes,tires and oil.Which makes me smile because i know that my IS is the most reliable car out there, nevermind the luxury!...read morehide
15 out of 49 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Nice looking, good acceleration, good quality control
- too cramped, rough ride, no seat memory, poor radio
Purchased As New
Bought this car 350 for my wife in January 09. I am 6ft tall and the car is too cramped for me. Salesman didn`t tell us that there was no seat memory so it is a pain to adjust if I am driving. The ride is quite rough over uneven roads but the steering and cornering are excellent. The radio is very poor in that it only receives local stations. Rear seats should fold down and they don`t.HOWEVER, my wife loves the car and I will stick with my 5 series BMR. A happy wife is a happy life!!...read morehide
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- A very fun car to drive.
- Its a little small for me being 6' 2"
Purchased As New
My wife and I went car shopping about 8 months ago looking at cars in this class. We looked at the Audi A4, Acura TL type-S, and a BMW 3 series. Out of all the test drives this IS350 was "the one". When I sit in the drivers seat, it is a little tight for me being 6' 2", but the seat does go all long way back making it comfortable. Everything that you touch feels high end, especially the seat leather which feels like butter soft lamb skin.The navigation is very well liked as well as the back up camera and keyless start. There are allot of cool little aspects of the car that made us choose this over the competitors. If you drive the IS series, dont drive the IS350 unless its in your price range, because after driving it, the IS250 seems gutless. Overall, this car to me is the best mix between luxury and performance. Having 4 doors and 306 hp is like a having a daily commuter and weekend warrior all in one. I would not hesitate in buying another one....read morehide
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- faster than most v-8'S,great fuel economy,nav system is great-voice commanded
- alittle tight to sit in
you can feel the quality of workmanship that went into this car every time you get in it. great value for the money. once you drive a lexus , nothing else comes close. A five year old lexus is still better than a brand new american anything.
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