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Don’t expect the typically pillowy, quiet Lexus ride in the 2009 IS-F.
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“effectively identical to that of the IS 350”
Edmunds.com

“Two non-folding buckets”
Car and Driver

Trunk is “pretty big, considering”
Jalopnik

Practical aspects like fit and finish, seating, and interior space aren’t so much on the minds of reviewers as they hotfooted around in the IS-F.

Car and Driver notes that the “two non-folding buckets” that replace the IS 350’s rear seat have a “ski pass-through,” as if Lexus IS-F owners are schussing off to Tahoe on a weekly basis. MotherProof.com feels the Lexus IS-F is “pretty cushy for such a high-performance car.” Edmunds.com says that the “four-passenger interior” is “effectively identical to that of the IS 350,” which TheCarConnection.com reviews separately.

But with overall packaging quite similar to that of the IS sedans, TheCarConnection.com confirms that the IS-F has a roomy trunk, yet is quite skimpy in backseat space; some drivers might also feel limited in headroom.

Ride quality is the key ingredient to comfort in the 2009 Lexus IS-F. Motor Trend succinctly points out the trouble with the harsh-riding Lexus, saying, “From the company that's synonymous with a cloudlike ride comes a suspension that's as cushy as a manhole cover.” But if that or the “pretty big” trunk are the major factors in your shopping process, Jalopnik advises, “don't bother checking your pulse. You're already dead.”

Conclusion

Don’t expect the typically pillowy, quiet Lexus ride in the 2009 IS-F.

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