Lexus IS 350 2021: the disappointment of “luxury” sedans | Digital Trends Spanish


On June 15, 2020, Lexus introduced with great fanfare its new IS line for 2021. The photos and videos of this tested and developed car in Shimoyama, Japan, caused expectations to skyrocket, yet the driving experience little came close to what was promised And it can well be summed up in one word: disappointing.

The pre-production model that I had the dislike of driving was the IS 350 from the IS F SPORT line, a sporty, compact and “luxury” sedan that, I must admit, appealed to me for its exterior design: aggressive lines, front and rear bumpers. unique, a refined spoiler, edge-to-edge taillights and 19-inch wheels. But nothing else.

Lexus IS 2021.

This illusion, like love at first sight, did not last long, because once I got into the Lexus the surprises began to appear one after another. Unlike its exterior, the interior design lacks significant improvements, retaining almost the same old-fashioned and outdated styling of many Lexus.

The only “new” thing was the screen that, in addition to being closer to the driver and growing up to 10 inches, has the peculiarity of being tactile, a feature that previous models did not have. Regardless of its connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the system leaves much to be desired, since the commands are still archaic and not very intuitive, in addition to the fact that the screen seemed improvised, since it did not fit in with the rest of the board; it seemed superimposed. Quite a mistake the attachment.

Even though the IS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which promises 311 horsepower (acceptable for a compact sedan), the acceleration was not what we expected: it was slow, and the absence of a turbo charger makes that boot is mediocre.

The highlight of the RWD F SPORT models is supposed to be equipped with a Torsen limited slip differential (LSD)®, which improves handling and performance thanks to improved cornering traction, but I couldn’t verify this on a track or terrain with the necessary characteristics. Pity.

Buying the IS 350, a supposedly luxury compact sedan, supposedly powerful and with a supposedly new design – which was only reflected in the exterior details – would be a waste of $ 55,000, which you could well invest in another car of the same price, but better.

Lexus: Good luck next time, you are falling behind in the sedan race, but also in that of the rest of the segments.

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