2006 Lexus IS 350
WK: Lexus is starting to understand that design is key. Quality cars sell. Quality cars that look great sell even better. The new IS 250/350 looked great on the stand and as long as the driving dynamics are excellent, could really put up a fight against the 3-Series. Lexus also showed the GS 450h luxury hybrid that focuses on performance as well as low emissions and higher mileage in a stealthy package. I'm curious on how much the 300+ hp IS 350 is going to set you back.
Grade: B+

DT: It looks like Lexus is entering a vital part of their history. For the first time Infiniti is catching up to their Toyota rival in terms of design, power and luxury and Lexus seemed to be resting on its laurels with aging designs. Now everything is changing and every Lexus model is getting revamped! Wow. The IS, GS and GS hybrid are huge steps in the company's needed evolution and promise to offer better performance from the brand known just for reliability and comfort. The looks aren't overwhelming, but they are a lot better than anything previously seen. And the powerplant offerings aren't anything to sneeze at either. The company is straddling that line of keeping old buyers happy while enticing new enthusiasts to the showroom. That is not easy to do.
Grade: A


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