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Why (Not) the Lexus IS?

Lexus IS reviews by TrueDelta members get to the point: the best reasons for buying (or not buying) the IS.

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Lexus IS Reviews

11/18/12

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A member in California, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Lexus IS: Audio & nav systems
Mark Levinson is pretty good but I think not as good as the H/K rigs in the comparable 3 series... Nav system is easy to use. Wish my year had the Nav traffic and Bluetooth audio streaming but that update was made in 2011. Also, noticed in the 2012 loaner that the HD nav system was suspiciously slower than my DVD based one.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Powertrain performance
Initial acceleration leaves a bit to be desired but in everyday driving is pretty decent. Went from an Acura TSX to this car and noticed the instant lack of torque, but is definitely willing to pull strong in the 60-80 range.

Other Reasons to Buy the Lexus IS: Brand reputation & image, Warranty, maintenance cost, Exterior styling

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Fuel economy, Tires, Rear seat room & comfort

This member owns or leases the reviewed vehicle.

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11/13/12

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  IS250 thoughts
A member in California, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Lexus IS: Fuel economy
At around 200hp, it isnt the fastest luxury sedan. However, on my roadtrip across the eastern / mid eastern USA I was able to get ~33 ish mpg (computer reported) on flat terrain and premium fuel. City mpg is what I expect,22-25ish. But I think it is great as a long distance comfortable vehicle.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Powertrain performance
Could use a few more HP. The engine hasnt been updated in 6 years.

Other Reasons to Buy the Lexus IS: Ride smoothness, Front seat support & comfort

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Front seat support & comfort

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11/12/12

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  Nice Car But Small
A member in Arizona, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Lexus IS: Exterior styling
Great looking car... rivals the BMW 3 series for classic looks.

Best Reason Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Ride smoothness
Ride is calibrated for handling. OEM tires get noisy quickly and wear fast (25,000 mi).

Other Reasons to Buy the Lexus IS: Interior styling, Powertrain performance, Fuel economy, Safety & braking, Materials & workmanship, Reliability & durability

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Front seat room, Rear seat room & comfort

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11/18/10

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A member in Kentucky, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Lexus IS: Reliability & durability
Lexus is arguably the most reliable and safe vehicle available

Best Reason Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Materials & workmanship
This is the Achilles heel to Lexus. The 2009 RX 350 and now our 2010 IS 250 both have lousy build and workmanship. Cheap, pieces falling off, cheesy interior. Very inferior to many other vehicles in same league. Last several years quality has cratered

Other Reasons to Buy the Lexus IS: Fuel economy, Brand reputation & image, Exterior styling, Price or payments

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Ride smoothness, Front seat support & comfort, Interior styling

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09/08/10

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A member in British Columbia, Canada

Best Reason to Buy the Lexus IS: Fuel economy
Almost as good as Prius, this is the hybrid 250h

Other Reasons to Buy the Lexus IS: Interior styling, Brand reputation & image, Feature availability, Quietness

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Controls and instruments, Price or payments

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08/16/10

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A member in Texas, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Lexus IS: Audio & nav systems
Very intuitive & easy to use, fantastic sound and 6 disc.

Other Reasons to Buy the Lexus IS: Interior styling, Handling, Reliability & durability, Front seat support & comfort



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06/16/10

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A member in New Jersey, United States

Best Reason Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Fuel economy
For a small, relatively modestly powered car, it gets poor economy. Corvettes and most Porsches get better economy.

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Interior styling, Rear seat room & comfort, Controls and instruments, Ride smoothness

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04/29/10

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A member in South Carolina, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Lexus IS: Exterior styling
Sporty, but with 4 doors.

Other Reasons to Buy the Lexus IS: Interior styling, Insurance & depreciation, Feature availability, Materials & workmanship



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03/26/10

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A member in Georgia, United States

Best Reason to Buy the Lexus IS: Handling
Almost as good as the three series, which is the gold standard.

Other Reasons to Buy the Lexus IS: Reliability & durability, Price or payments, Dealer practices



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12/01/09

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A member in California, United States

Best Reason Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Powertrain performance
The 204hp 6 is anemic, does not belong in this chassis. Paddle shifted auto feels like it takes seconds to shift, and downshifting is useless. Also lighting up the odo and speedo at 75mph to "warn" you is obnoxious.

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Front seat room

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11/24/09

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A member in California, United States

Best Reason Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Discounts & incentives
Dealer unwilling to negotiate on price. No incentives at all. No free maintenance

Other Reasons Not to Buy the Lexus IS: Dealer practices, Rear seat room & comfort, Color choices, Price or payments

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