I've owned this car for four years and I'm generally pleased. I drive a lot in the mountains of Arizona (lots of hills and curves) and the IS handles it very well. But it's a noisy car (for a Lexus); even with new tires lots of road noise is transmitted.
Great looking car... rivals the BMW 3 series for classic looks.
Simple intuitive dash. Controls have quality feel.
Excellent engine; powerful. Transmission is quick shifting and intuitive. Automatic downshifts when descending hills are a bit intrusive but okay once you're used to them. Doesn't hunt for gears on grades.
Excellent fuel economy... overall 24 mpg city and highway combined. As high as 32 mpg highway driving in Arizona mountains.
Safety & braking
Excellent handling and braking.
Materials & workmanship
It's a Lexus and the interior finishes are nice for this price point.
Reliability & durability
Owned this car for four years and had zero problems.
Ride is calibrated for handling. OEM tires get noisy quickly and wear fast (25,000 mi).
Front seat room
This is a small car. Interior seating is comfortable but tight. Unless the driver is very short, forget about the back seat.
Rear seat room & comfort
Don't buy this car if you ever plan on carrying four adults.
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