It's been about a year or so since our Four Seasons Lexus IS-F (model year 2008) left our parking garage for the last time. The 2010 model that we tested here is almost identical to that car, and my impressions after driving it for two nights are pretty similar. For one, it's fast -- 417 horsepower makes it 0-to-60-mph-in-4.7-seconds fast. The steering is precise and well weighted, the brakes are responsive, and the suspension is too taut for the broken roads in the Mitten State. I'm sure it performs well on the smoother pavement found in southern states and in California, and it's likely a star on the track, but for the roads I encounter in my everyday driving, I'd prefer a suspension that was a little more forgiving. Still, the too-stiff suspension isn't that unusual for a high-end sport sedan (the BMW M3 suffers from the same malady) and detracts only a little from the driving experience.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor