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2011 Lexus IS 350 - Quality Review

 
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The 2011 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 feels luxurious, but it's not particularly comfortable.
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short on rear legroom and the rear seat feels cramped in general compared to compact luxury sedans
Edmunds

feels overly floaty on high-speed dips, almost as if the shocks and springs aren't quite simpatico
Motor Trend

The seats on our test car were heated and ventilated, and they provided soothing comfort along with effective side bolstering during rapid travel.
Edmunds' Inside Line



With leather upholstery and a high grade of standard features in even the entry-level models, the IS is a luxury sedan from the start, and the typical Lexus materials and build quality will meet most people's baseline standards for the price.

In most of its guises, the 2011 Lexus IS isn't especially opulent, however. Even with the optional wood trim packages, the IS family feels at times too much like the dressed-up version of a less-expensive car inside. Enforcing that impression is quite a bit of tire thrum from coarse surfaces and a fair amount of wind noise at higher speeds, even though the powertrains remain smooth and isolated.

Interior space is also quite limited. Though the front seats are roomy and well-padded, headroom borders on tight in front, while the rear seats are cramped and short on headroom and legroom both. Don't plan on having adults ride back there—even across town—if you want to keep business relationships.

Conclusion

The 2011 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 feels luxurious, but it's not particularly comfortable.

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