2006 Lexus IS 350 – Test drive and new car review – 2006 Lexus IS350

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Lexus IS350

With a little more it’d be perfect

The original IS was a bold attempt at competing the BMW 3-Series. It was quick and handled but enthusiasts ignored it. Now Lexus has the envelope in styling and performance a range-topping 3.5 liter version pumps 306 hp through a 6-speed offers all the techno-aids, and presents a silhouette.

Clearly this car is to be noticed, though such will cost you $39,525 for the car. EPA mileage: 21 mpg city, 28 mpg

First glance: Deliver us temptation.

There are cars I to give back and some I with a sigh of relief. The IS350 is one of the latter. Not that it a good car; it’s a car. But it was seducing me into temptations. For example, I almost got a ticket, the first in 15 years.

I’d turned onto a highway and found myself behind a young woman along in the passing lane. I had option but to pass on the right. her moves, I put the pedal to the metal and no traffic ahead, kept it

In mere moments the speedo 115 mph (the IS350 does in 5.3 seconds). Whoops. flashing in the rear-view mirror! Thank for paddle-shifters as I downshifted through 5th, 4th and quickly slowed to 60 mph tell-tale brake lights.

The officer followed briefly, as we merged into traffic, up the chase. Later in the week, negotiating a right turn on pavement, the tail flicked the instant I accelerated. Massive Immediately I turned the wheel to lock but before I could my, uh, superior driving talents, the Stability Control kicked in.

again, though recovery much fun.

In the Driver’s Fantastic once you’re in, but in is the problem

It’s all good you get in – but getting in is the problem

#169; Philip Powell

Lexus IS350

So the IS350 is a performance temptress but of her … interior? Lovely, if you can get in This is a classic case of before function; stung by of bland styling Lexus set out on a new where design comes But at the price of convenience. The steeply windshield made every day a bad day, which grey-haired like Taylor Hicks and me resent (though he’s a singer).

Once inside, mood changes when the traditional round knobs and layout; Lexus does not try to with technology, as opposed to its competitors. The seats are meant for driving while lesser like normally-flush map pockets pop open on demand and an armrest slides and tilts add functionality. the Lexus IS350 interior a host of electronic aids only to be accessed when

Being a simple guy I appreciated the temperature monitor and the mirror-mounted regardless of the many navaids now to car drivers, I consider a compass to be the navigation tool, especially combined with a hand-held Remember them? Remember service stations gave out free?

On the Road: This rocks!

Okay, folks, all the preceeding complaints. Out on the open this baby rocks! It you in command of every situation horsepower makes a difference. For changing lanes.

Even though a mirror-check all clear, the engine assures an obstacle you might not have A 6-speed automatic is your ally, making a manual (not available) redundant. In this was one of the few manumantic cars I frequently made use of the paddle mostly to hold a specific prior to corners but also negotiating those turns.

On the hand, if left to itself, the can almost read your Not so, the electric power steering: precise yet lacking road Still, the Lexus IS350 is a driver’s machine, a performance that means business; one at the front of the car, with wide-track wheels set far outboard and overhang, reveals its true for behind that powerful is a potent all-aluminum V-6 with 306 hp at rpm and 277 lbs/ft torque at 4,800

Handling from this front engine, rear-drive is just what you’d Lucky you if you find a road on to enjoy.

Journey’s End: toes

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