• Sep 3, 2008
Click above to view gallery of the 2009 Lexus IS

While work is reportedly be done on developing a cabrio version of the Lexus IS and a lighter-weight version of the fire breathing IS-F, the IS 250 and 350 need some attention too. They're receiving mild updates for the 2009 model year, images of which have found their way onto the web. Though not expected to officially bow until the Paris Motor Show in October, the '09 IS will be sporting an ever so slightly revised front end, new side mirrors with turn signal indicators, redesigned taillamps with integrated L-shaped reverse lights and a new wheel design. In true Lexus tradition, the exterior changes are about as minimal as they get and require close comparison with an '08 model to appreciate. We can see that the front bumper, lower air intakes and fog lights have been softened, but that's about it. While we don't know anything official about mechanical changes, Carscoop reports that a revised electronic stability control system will be part of the '09 package. Check out all the pics in our gallery below.


[Source: Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice looking camry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't believe anyone buys this poseur-mobile. I hope they updated the fake exhaust tips... those are the funniest things you'll ever see.
      • 6 Years Ago
      photoshop those side vents and fog lights out and the front bumper will look like a corvetter front bumper. lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Desperately needs a DSG type gearbox.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, Toyota needs to dump the underperforming 4gr-fse and install the 3gr-fe & 8 speed automatic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've never been a fan of Lexus, but I think this is quite a good looking car. I've always liked their interiors too... the IS-F interior is beautiful IMO. It's ridiculous that they never offered the IS350 with a manual tranny though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Boring. I'd much rather buy a '09 A4 S-Line.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I'd like an Audi too... and make regular visits to the dealership so that I can name all the mechanics by their first name. Right.

        I prefer the reliability of a Lexus, thank you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I meant A4 S-Line but obviously I'd take an S4 over this too!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yawn... The 1st gen IS had more personality then this. The look of this car gets old quick. While the IS350 is interesting, Lexus needs the coupe in this varient asap before everyone falls asleep. Toyota needs some flare soon. Hyundai is knocking at there door.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beauty is entirely subjective but I don't recall ever hearing anyone say or write that the 335 sedan is even close to best looking in its segment. I've heard many people say its ugly although I hear '09 updates provide a real improvement. Had it not been Bangled (should I say mangled?), I would have bought it instead. My wife did test drive the 335i coupe which is a great looking car but she liked the IS350 more, especially with an extra $5,000 in her pocket.

      As for the A4, look I was initially against front wheel drive too (our A4 was not Quattro) but for sportiness/handling reasons. What does FWD/RWD have to do with luxury? Nothing. The velvety smooth ride and interior quality, ergonomics, insulation and features put the A4 ahead of C-class, IS and 3-series. Owners of those 3 have taken a ride with me and agree. These 3 feel like smaller AND cheaper versions of their flagships, whereas the A4 feels like a smaller A8. I said A4 is most luxurious, not most sporty. You have to strike a compromise between these two qualities and Audi is the marque to go with in this category if you want more luxury, which many do.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks are entirely subjective. No doubt about that.

        If you read car magazines from the U.S. and abroad, in general, they really like the look of the 3-Series, more so the coupe. I wouldn't make it up. The same mags don't like the 5-Series look (for good reason). The '09 isn't much different (even to my eyes) BUT the possible tii variations that Automobile mag showed were quite promising. But your wife didn't like it so I will leave it be.

        Your A4 felt like an smaller A8 AND it was front-wheel drive? Wow. It's just that when I think of front-wheel drive luxury, I think of boring Toyotas and pre-CTS Caddys. When I think of Audi, I (like most) think all-wheel drive, all-weather performance. It's like when a friend of a friend of mine made a big deal about getting a V-6 Mustang. It really isn't a Mustang unless it has a V-8. The guy had money, too, which was sad.
        I'm not saying your Audi wasn't a real Audi, but isn't all-wheel drive performance and utility the big selling point for Audi? It doesn't make any sense to me.

        Anyway, when you ever get around to buying another Audi, will you buy one because of the money you save over its competitors (like with your wife's car), or will it be because you believe it is the best car for you?
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL...
      I thought they mean the IS-F :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just bought a IS250 and love it. It was between the A4 and IS and I went with the IS. My friend HAD a 2006 A4 and he said never to get one. He said to many problems with the car...So to avid that I went with the IS and Im really happy. Rides super nice... great built quality and super good looks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I got that from other people too (on our A4 not being AWD). But it cut weight (improving acceleration, braking, handling and fuel economy) and we don't live in a climate requiring AWD so in my mind it was a great decision for us.

      As to your last question, I don't think you can eliminate cost from the equation otherwise we'd all be driving Maserati Grandturismos and R8's but in its class, I feel the A4 is the best car. Even if all were priced the same, I'd go with the A4. I used to be a BMW fan, having owned one previously but after begrudgingly buying my wife the A4 she wanted, I've fallen in love with Audi and after this IS350 is gone, I'm probably going to get another Audi.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I sold my wife's A4 3.0 a few months back and bought her an IS350. I think its a wicked looking car, better looking than the TL-S, G35, A4 & C-class, especially with the 18" wheels and spoiler. The 335 sedan is ugly by comparison. In my opinion, Lexus got real close with this one. Its one fast pony. My only real complaints are that the electronics are fussy and the power steering overboosted. The interior is the same quality as the 4 year old Audi's, but then thats an Audi. The new A4 is an absolute bargain and the only TRUE luxury car in the segment. I wish I had waited for it. I will probably go back to Audi after this one and BTW, Audi reliability has improved leaps and bounds. My A4 was trouble free the whole 3 years I owned it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        IS350 is a fine car and a good deal...but the 335i looks ugly by comparison? It's widely agreed (press and the nation of autoblog) that the new and previous A4 and the 3-Series are the best looking in their class. The G35/37 looks great. The IS looks like a sporty Camry. That's not compliment. But you bought it for your wife. If she's happy, then that means it'll be easier for you to buy the new A4.

        "a4...the only true luxury car in the segment"...what? The interiors are best in all segments but what if you take it AND it's front-wheel drive? Is that still luxury? Because alot of people buy A4's and A6's in front-drive form simply because it's cheaper when new and it's a brand. I'm not arguing, I just don't understand where you are coming from.
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