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2014 Lexus IS 350

Long regarded as one of the best driver's cars of all time, the BMW 3 Series has always been targeted by luxury automakers trying to create their own exciting, bang-for-the-buck sport sedan. For years, BMW has managed to ward off would-be rivals to its iconic 3 Series, but the combination of a softened F30 and solid, hard-hitting competitors could soon relieve the car of its crown. While the all-new Cadillac ATS has received the most publicity in this segment since its introduction, the 2014 Lexus IS has come on strong in its third generation to put plenty of heat on the 3 Series as the... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
3.5L V6
Power:
306 HP / 277 LB-FT
Transmission:
8-Speed Auto
Base Price:
$39,465
As-Tested Price:
$45,325
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    Toyota leads the way in 2010 Motorist Choice Awards
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    If you thought consumer sentiment for Toyota and Lexus might be wavering, think again. Toyota is top of the class based on results from the 2010 Motorist Choice Awards, a consumer-driven study developed by Intellichoice and AutoPacific. Offerings from Toyota and Lexus were named winners in nine out of the 30 available award categories. The Motorist ...

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    How they made Lexus IS "Music Track" commercial
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    Lexus kicked off its "Wield Precision" campaign with a nice drum solo performed by a 2011 Lexus IS sport sedan. Now it's giving us a sneak peak into how the spot came together. People from very different worlds collaborated to produce something unique. Engineers worked with a doctor of mathematics who in turn worked with a drum tech to figure out how to ...

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    BREAKING: Toyota admits 270,000 cars have faulty engines worldwide
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    In 20 years, odds are few people will remember that 2010 was one of the worst years for Toyota in terms of recalls, but for now, it seems like the company just can't win for losing. The company has announced that it is currently preparing to recall a total of 270,000 Toyota Crown and Lexus LS, GS and IS models worldwide. As it turns out, some of the ...

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    Lexus IS gets a minor - a really minor - facelift
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    It helps to have an excellent eye for detail when trying to find the updated features on a Lexus IS. A facelifted IS caught in China, said to be taking the model through 2012, will get LED running lights in the headlight clusters, redesigned fog lights and taillights, revised chrome trim for the steering wheel and glovebox and a tweaked wheel design. ...

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    Lexus holding spring sale on F-Sport packages for IS and GS models
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    Lexus is having a spring sale on several of the F-Sport accessory packages that offers for the IS and GS models. The packages include a $1,450 suspension lowering kit and a $4,495 kit that adds new wheels and tires to the package. For those who want to go all out, the top package runs $8,995 and adds in a brake upgrade with six-piston front calipers and ...

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    Rumormill: Next Lexus IS to re-gain wagon variant?
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    Some of you will remember that from 2001 to 2005, Lexus sold a wagon variant of the IS, dubbed SportCross. Unfortunately, relatively dismal sales numbers didn't really make a business case for keeping that car alive, and Lexus canned it when the second-generation IS debuted in 2006. However, all hope of seeing a SportCross redux has not been lost – ...

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    Report: Toyota and Lexus to expand hybrid offerings, new IS, GS, Rav4
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    Toyota's plan to add hybrid versions of all its models over the next decade is continuing over the next several years with at least two more Lexus models joining the Rav4 in adding batteries and electric drive. When the next-generation IS debuts in a couple of years, it should get a rear-wheel drive hybrid variant as well as a new, higher-performance ...

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    Review: 2010 Lexus IS 350C F-Sport is a mixed, expensive bag
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    When Toyota launched Lexus in 1989, it had one goal in mind: Beat the Germans at the luxury game. And for a while, at least, they did exactly that. The LS400 didn't change everything, but it manifested a shift in the luxury paradigm. However, the LS400 was at the top of the heap, competing against the mighty S-Class from Mercedes-Benz and the 7 Series ...

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    Cut It Out: Toyota's recalled pedal modification remedy detailed step-by-step
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    Late last month, Toyota announced that it would begin its biggest recall action ever, summoning 3.8 million cars and trucks back to its dealers to combat "pedal entrapment" by cutting down the accelerator pedals of customer cars to avoid them getting hung-up on floormats, resulting in "unintended acceleration." Although Toyota plans to eventually ...

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    BREAKING: Toyota to recall 3.8M vehicles to reshape and replace pedals
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    Toyota has announced that it will recall some 3.8 million cars and trucks to reshape and/or replace their accelerator pedals. The action is the result of fears that loose floormats may cause the accelerator pedal to stick, increasing the risk of an accident. The recall will be the largest in the Japanese automaker's history, and it will cover a wide range ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Rear-wheel drive Toyota Mark X had us at "mite-suppressing agent"
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    Remember back when Toyota actually offered rear-wheel drive cars? Sure, a production version of the FT-86 concept is on the way, and yes, you can get a Toyota-branded truck or plump for a Lexus that routes its power out back – but when was the last time Americans could get a proper rear-driver from the Japanese automaker? It had to be back in 2005 ...

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    Lexus at it again with tennis ball fuzz-covered IS350
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    Andy Roddick, your new ride awaits. Lexus has followed up its golf ball-dimpled LS 460 L built to commemorate the automaker's sponsorship of the U.S. Open earlier this year with another uniquely-finished car that's got us scratching our heads. In this case, the Lexus in question is covered in tennis ball fuzz in the traditional yellow-green hue. This ...

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    DetNews: Will Lexus become Toyota's Buick? Is it already?
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    With a median buyer age of 56 years old and its reputation for longevity, today's Lexus ES350 may be the very last car many of the brand's buyers purchase. It's not like Lexus hasn't tried to attract younger buyers – those who may actually buy another car before being planted. Since its inception, the IS sedan has been a calculated shot at ...

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    UK police replace Imprezas with Lexus IS-F cruisers
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    Objects you do not want to see in your rear-view mirror: Hungry dinosaurs, pissed-off exes holding rifles, mushroom clouds and this guy. Indeed, you're looking at a Lexus IS-Force, an IS-F that's been converted to a cruiser for police duty in the English county of Humberside, which includes the notoriously criminally minded port city of Hull. For the past ...

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    No Lexus HS250h for Europe, hybrid IS instead
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    Lexus has apparently decided not to offer its new HS250h sedan to European buyers. Instead of the luxury dedicated hybrid, EU buyers will be able to opt for a hybridized version of the IS sedan. Since the IS is a rear wheel drive platform rather than the front wheel drive setup used on the HS, it will likely use a variation of the system used in the ...

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    Lexus reportedly aiming to please younger generation, compete with entry-level BMWs
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    When Lexus was founded in 1989, it appealed to the staid sensibilities of its 45-year-old demographic. Now, those buyers are in their mid-sixties, and Lexus, faced with a 34.1% sales slip for the first six months of the year – more than its primary rivals from Germany – is rethinking its line-up and consumer experience to appeal to younger ...

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    REPORTS: Lexus to build IS F convertible; existing IS droptops selling ahead of supply
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    Lexus has high hopes for its new IS250 C and IS350 C convertibles, and early returns give the Japanese automakers cause for optimism. Car and Driver is reporting that Toyota's upscale division will build a droptop version of its bonkers IS F sports sedan, and plans for that model are surely buttressed by brisk initial sales of the new IS convertible ...

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    Review: 2009 Lexus IS F pursues perfection, might need more personality
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    The Lexus IS F is the sole Japanese contender in a crowd of compact high-performance sport sedans. Boasting a full complement of performance upgrades, including a 5.0-liter V8 mated to a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, the 416-horsepower sedan blasts to 60 mph in well under five seconds. But the stats only tell part of the tale. Do the ...

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    First Drive: 2010 Lexus IS250 C and IS350 C prove that going topless isn't always freeing
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    When Lexus researched the target demographic for its IS 250C and IS 350C, respondents were asked what they wanted to do with – and in – their convertibles. When the answers came back, Lexus discovered that no matter how much driving and champagne and sun and moonlight were involved, the scenario always included at least two people doing one ...

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    Chicago 2009: Lexus expands F-sport parts to includes GS, IS convertible and IS AWD
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    Lexus wasn't doing much in the Windy City this week, so it used the opportunity to release a new line of F-Sport accessories for the GS, IS AWD and upcoming IS C.Thankfully, Lexus is keeping the majority of its F-Sport items focused on performance, beginning with 18- or 19-inch wheels and six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, each equipped with ...

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