Leather is the material of choice in this segment and it's everywhere in the interior. Overview Sporty sedan with a touch of refinement Pros Creamy smooth powertrain, terrific suspension Cons Silly interface What would I change? Aside from styling modifications, what makes the F Sport Package desirable are its special tires and 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, and larger brake pads. For those who buy Lexus models strictly for comfort and convenience, fret not. Press the ignition and that 3. Yeah, but so does everyone else — and every major luxury brand, from Acura to Volvo, has a gladiator in this arena. The trunk, with its 13.
The F Sport cabin boasts a purposeful premium ambience with a high level of attention to detail typical of Lexus. I have to admit I took advantage of hearing it perhaps once too often it sounded so good. The grille swaps straight crossbars for a hulk. This is rather annoying when you shift up manually and the next thing you know is you are two gears up because the transmission has already done it for you just before you pull the pedal shifter. As it turns out, they should have called us before making this purchase.
Slippage be damned; Lexus should offer leather in the F-Sport. Of course, as soon as I opened the door and saw the bordello-red cockpit, it was game on. FriskyDingo has asked fellow members to build their perfect compact luxury sport sedan… Lexus is introducing the Crafted Line for the 2015 model year, which will encompass several of its models. The front seats offer great levels of support and comfort; perfect for long drives. An Enform Remote mobile app is also included with the Navigation Package and is free for the first year of ownership, providing remote access to various vehicle features. Thankfully, it worked fine in voice mode.
Eight-way power seats are standard, with a longer adjustment range this year. Nevertheless, unless you push this Lexus way over its limits, the body and suspension seem to give the driver confident control of the situation. The accelerator responds instantly; the eight-speed automatic downshifts aggressively when entering corners and keeps the engine at power-spewing revs when coming out. You dont want to have to devote too much attention to it while concentrating on the road. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, Bi-xenon headlamps, keyless entry, power-adjustable front seats and steering column, sat-nav, reversing camera, digital radio tuner and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system that is a cut above.
Wiser members of this tribe will choose a route they know well, and undertake the drive during hours when the people described in the first paragraph of this review are less likely to be in the way. The lower grille is flanked by aerodynamically-styled ducts on either side, with the inner intakes channelling airflow to the front brakes while the outer ones squeeze air over the front tyres. Driving the new Lexus and its predecessor back to back, I observed no clear differentiation. The driving dynamics of the is350 are excellent, it handles very well. The dashboard is well-done and all switches and dials are in easy reach. The four-door is powered by a 3. .
Tapping a button on the steering wheel causes the entire thing to slide over to the left, to reveal additional displays showing navigation, audio and fuel economy. Unlike the torque-ridden turbocharged motors of its European rivals, the donk in the Lexus does require a bit of work before it lets off its punch, as most of the torque is available higher up in the rev range. With 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, the V6 produces effortless acceleration, with a creamy-smooth delivery. Something the F sport package comes with is a valve in the air intake that will open when you push the car hard and brings in some induction noise into the cabin. Put another way, the difference in the amount of irreverent fun to be had is extreme. I loved the firm grip of the contoured seats, although some of my passengers were less than enthusiastic about clambering in and out and found its confines a bit claustrophobic.
Heated and ventilated seats have been added to F Sport models while all-wheel-drive F Sport models also add a heated steering wheel. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, with 18s optional. Inside, the Lexus is refreshingly stylish, matching and sometimes surpassing the level of quality in some of its German competitors. Which, come to think of it, is probably a good thing. Just before turning in the direction of the more handling intensive mountain roads just east of the metro, I activated the most aggressive setting of the powertrain: Sport+. It has a motorised meter ring that slides across to reveal a menu at the press of a button on the steering wheel.
From the get-go all the way to its red line the V6 is perfectly smooth. Despite with eight gears, fuel consumption falls short of class expectation, with the trip computer reporting an average of 12. Boasting such features as advanced voice command and Siri Eyes Free to make controlling your environment a hands-off experience, Enform includes App Suite connectivity to Facebook, Internet radio stations, and other supported mobile applications. We love fast cars, motorsports, and automotive culture. Like a hot knife through butter, a swooping character line carves through the sheet metal, ending with a flourish near the wheel arches.
As before, either car comes with rear- or all-wheel drive, with sportier F-Sport packages optional for either car. Normal mode turns off the Eco settings so the fuel economy dips down a bit to 7. Pop open one of the doors and you're greeted by a very premium cabin. The eight-speed transmission receives extra kudos, as it never once was guilty of searching for a gear when in full automatic mode. Personally, I was very excited. Yeah, but so does everyone else — and every major luxury brand, from Acura to Volvo, has a gladiator in this arena. Occupants sit race-car low within the car.
The nice, fat, grippy steering wheel with perforated leather trim, and drilled aluminum pedals are a reminder of its racier intent. Lexus cites a full inch of extra headroom and 1. The full mesh grille is unique to the F Sport and features a larger lower section to aid cooling. Sure, interactivity is just one aspect of the car, but when it controls so many vehicle functions, there's no getting around the fact that you'll be dealing with it on a daily… The compact luxury sport sedan segment is looking pretty good these days. Otherwise, the two cars are very… As you may recall, this long-term test is different. Materials are decent, with consistent graining toward the center console and optional real wood trim. Check out the photos to see the gauges in action.