2011 Lexus IS 350 AWD Sedan, an AW Drivers Log – Autoweek

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2011 Lexus IS 350 AWD Sedan, an AW Log

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER I love the engine in this It’s quick and quite I would love a six-speed better, and the yellow light popped up in the tach at 5,000 rpm me, because the engine continued to right up to the 7,500-rpm redline.


My only real complaint this car is the tiny footwell for the The transmission/transfer case takes up a of space and really cramps the

The sound system rocks in car, although the tire really made a bunch of on concrete pavement. Beyond this is a pretty tight sedan that’s working hard to be as sporty as can be, with all the Lexus luxury features.

EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: I was with this Lexus. The is an outstanding V6–plenty of power and responsive. It’s a breeze to by slower-moving traffic, and it’s and supple.

This is one of the all-around engines I’ve piloted

The IS 350 is a really solid, well-executed on nearly all fronts. The transmission solidly with the V6, shifting when necessary and in an orderly This Lexus can really off on the expressway to slice up traffic, and easy to blitz beyond speeds as the tach revs 5,500 rpm. I took off a light, and the launch was performed verve and vigor.

This is a luxury sedan with ethos.

The inside is smartly and the materials on the door panels and the top of the feel pleasing. The dark present elegantly, and the gauges white numerals are easy to and athletic. I found the seats comfortable with nice, bolsters and a soft feel.

The is sporty and well-tuned, and the body its bearing at all times. I like the capability but would probably opt for drive in my personal car. The return quick bite into pedal travel, and the character is in general well-civilized.

Oh, and the gas didn’t move during my commute.

As Roger notes, I tire noise during two expressway stints, and it seemed a bit My other complaint has to do with the shifters. They’re definitely fun to use but don’t display the gear you tap into the manual mode. As a I dropped into third unnecessarily a couple times–which I have done had the gear evident.

Seems as if you should be able to one of the paddles to get into the mode and be able to operate it from

Otherwise, this is an impressive that is well-crafted and fun to drive. no surprise Lexus sells things like hotcakes.

EDITOR–AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: Count me in the crowd that loves Lexus–it’s possibly the best the brand has to offer. The engine is yet quiet and refined, the chassis is and the interior is well-crafted and functional a glovelike driver’s seat, and the seems more timeless trendy. Toss in the all-wheel and the IS 350 is an all-season sports sedan all of the trimmings.

I particularly enjoyed the IS in sport mode, using the paddles to keep the revs for the road. The high-revving engine for a wide power band in gear, so you can build up and carry of speed with good control, without worrying the trans suddenly upshifting and off the balance when you least it.

The driving contrast to that of the Lexus CT 200h I drove with the IS couldn’t have more stark. Where the CT is numbing, the IS is a visceral thrill Where the IS begs to be flogged to the the CT seems to be saying let’s all take it easy and see how miles per we can rack up.

Though the IS will you more up front and will post about half the economy of the CT, if you care about the you’ll want to consider the to the IS 350.

P.S. I turned off the lights on the tach and speedo Roger was talking about. The is below and left of the steering

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JONATHAN Bob is correct about the IS model probably being the best in the Lexus lineup (well, the LFA). No wait, let me be a little specific. The IS sedans are the best from Lexus because the IS are not just ugly, but they about as well as a wet noodle.

Getting back to this test car, this IS 350 AWD is good. It shouldn’t be a surprise Lexus has been chasing great car for years, the BMW 3-series. It without question that the BMW is the stick in this segment.

catch-up is good motivation for a car to produce some good

So, what’s to like? I’ll to agree with everyone on the V6 being potent, smooth and to throttle inputs. The six-speed gearbox is also noteworthy for its shifts and a decent paddle-shift

One thing that is nice the paddles themselves here is they are nice and big to make gears that much

The chassis is solid with a that offers a good between keeping things around corners and having the to soak up small bumps you’re bound to come on the daily commute. Steering is with acceptable weight in, and the brakes offer plenty of

I find the IS interior comfortable user-friendly controls, supportive a comfortable seating position, noise isolation from the and first-rate materials. The leathers are and the panel gaps are tight. In the department, I would put this right up there with the A4 and above the 3-series.

What are the kinks in this armor? You can’t get a manual in the IS 350. We’ve been about this for years and still hasn’t done about it.

Heck, even the is stuck with an automatic

Lexus IS350

Oh, and there is another big problem this particular test the tires. On my ride home work I noticed a lot of tire as others mentioned. When I got to see what this car was shod I discovered the problem.

There are Potenza RE92s on this which seem to be Bridgestone’s bullet for OEMs who wanted an mediocre tire.

My 1999 Prelude Type SH had these the factory and they weren’t in the wet, terrible in the cold and on and not even all that great in the On top of that, they are loud. other cars have had the installed as the OEM tire over the Off the top of my head, older Subaru (both 2.5RS and WRX models), Civics and even some Yaris models come the factory with these

Lexus needs to find new stock rubber for this and it needs to do it now.

2011 IS 350 AWD Sedan

Base Price:

As-Tested Price: $47,130

3.5-liter V6; AWD, six-speed

Output: 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 277 @ 4,800 rpm

Curb Weight: lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/ AW ): mpg

Options: Navigation system/Mark premium audio package 14-speaker premium sound DVD/CD changer, hard-disk-drive system with backup Lexus Enform with assist and edestination, Lexus voice command and satellite with weather, traffic and stocks ($3,905); luxury value edition including wheels, heated and ventilated seats, wood interior and perforated semi-aniline leather upgrade, HID with LED daytime lights, power tilt/telescoping wheel, driver memory illuminated scuff plates, rear sunshade and rain-sensing ($1,320)

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