Best in class power and reliability. Styling second only to BMW. Draw backs: handling, feel and engine sound cannot match German competitors. Wheels give off too much road noise. Engine makes a ticking noise and sound is in general at too high of a pitch. Instrumentation panel layout is not the best. Clock is too low. The info panel in the dash is too small, so you have to scroll through several options to find what you are looking for. Navigation is too low, and you cannot manipulate it while moving. Not much space to keep things, i.e. keys, cups, phones etc. All the negatives though are worth it when you get Lexus reliability and customer service. So far so good...I enjoy it more every day as I gradually forget what it felt like to drive my previous car - an Audi.
After four months of researching countless vehicles, I chose to purchase a 2008 Lexus IS 350. The car was transferred from Ohio to Tennessee in only two days. The condition and appearance of the car were even better than the pictures had shown. I have owned this vehicle going on three months now. I really wanted to wait to write a review until I had driven the car for a while. This car is amazing. It is beautiful, powerful, handles great, and is of the highest quality. I had considered the Infiniti g37 coupe and the Nissan 370z when I chose the Lexus. I really like the combination of luxury and sport that the IS 350 has. The only thing to take into consideration about this car, is that it is slightly difficult to get in and out of, and the sport suspension may be too aggressive for some people. If you are wanting a sports car, that is going to be common with almost any model. This car will gain the attention of everyone. It's truly impossible not to notice. My experience with Carmax was great. There was never any pressure to buy any vehicle and there weren't any hidden costs. Everyone at Carmax was friendly and knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend them to anyone looking to buy a new or used vehicle.
I have been a very happy Toyota owner for years. But after moving up to a loaded IS350 the Quality is even yet more refined to the point where I cant come up with much of anything that needs improvement. It handles like its on rails and has more then adequate power. Very quick very precise handleing car. The mark levinson stereo is a definate must. The DVD/navigation system is easy to use. Memory Seats are wonderful and makes swiching drivers super easy. Getting about 25MPGS. Best car I have ever owned and I have owned around 10 toyotas.