2011 Lexus IS350

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

2011 lexus is350 Reviews and News

2011 Lexus Is350 Front View
The IS350 is something of a dark horse in this very competitive segment. In this case, I mean that literally, as our test car looks quite stealthy and intimidating in black. The aggressive styling isn't quite as pretty as that of an Infiniti G37 or an Audi A4 but still convinces you this is a sport sedan, and it has aged well. The interior is less successful, as lots of dark trim and modern shapes create an atmosphere more gloomy than sporty. Still, the materials are of high quality and the simple, circular gauges are just right.
2011 Lexus Is350 Front View Wheels Turned
The Lexus IS350 is an incredibly smooth-driving car, but not in the way that most other Lexus products are. This one actually feels tight, confident, sporty, and not overly soft. In fact, it actually rides a bit rough at times, something that its primary rival, the BMW 3-series, seems to manage slightly better. The powertrain is silky yet powerful, although I was a bit surprised to find that the automatic transmission has only six gears, particularly since our Four Seasons 2008 IS-F and 2007 Lexus LS460L both had eight-speed automatics.
2011 Lexus Is350 Front Left View
The IS remains the only Lexus that truly impresses me. Every other model seems to be an inferior version of the car that inspired it, or -- perhaps even worse for Toyota -- an inferior version of the corresponding Infiniti.
2011 Lexus Is350 Left Side View
2011 Lexus IS350 AWD
2011 Lexus Is350 Left Full View
2011 Lexus IS 350C F Sport Front Side View
Lexus offers F Sport versions of the IS 250 and IS 350 sedans, but neither of those cars are likely to be as exclusive as the IS 350C F Sport. Lexus recently announced pricing information on one of the sportier and more expensive IS convertibles available today. Including destination, the 2011 Lexus IS 350C F Sport will sell for $55,995. That's a lot of cash above the regular IS 350C's $46,715, but the IS 350C F Sport comes loaded. For those who want a top-down driving experience and a more dynamic performance than an ordinary Lexus convertible offers, the F Sport uses shocks developed in cooperation with Bilstein. The car has been lowered about one inch and wears 19-inch multispoke forged alloy wheels with a dark graphite finish. “The F Sport Special Edition builds on the IS 350C and takes the fun of the convertible up another notch,” said Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager.  “The racing inspired F Sport accessories on this car were precision engineered specifically for this vehicle, allowing us to provide performance without compromise.” Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 225/35ZR19 tires are in the front while 255/35ZR19 tires are fitted in the rear. Completing the performance upgrades is a sway bar to reduce body roll as the IS 350C rounds corners on your favorite back road. Only 175 units will be made, or fewer than one unit per U.S. Lexus dealer. At this point, a Lexus spokesman tells us, there aren't plans for an IS 250C F Sport model. HID headlights and LED daytime running lights give the car an upscale appeal, as do black and red semi-aniline leather seats with red stitching. A navigation system and rear backup camera are included in the limited edition model, which has a Special Build 2011 interior badge and is only available in white or black paint. As with other IS 350Cs, the F Sport variant has a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 with 277 pound-feet of torque and a quoted 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds. Source: Lexus

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20 MPG City | 27 MPG Hwy
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2011 Lexus IS350 Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
306 hp @ 6400rpm
277 ft lb of torque @ 4800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
IIHS Roof Strength
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Best Pick
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NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated

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