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STYLING | 7 out of 10
engine cover is “Darth Vader's chest plate”
“tasteful and appropriate for the flashier image of the car”
Road & Track
TheCarConnection.com’s editors determine from multiple reviews that the 2009 Lexus IS-F exhibits respectable performance at the cost of some luxury and quietness.
Lexus builds its reputation on comfortable rides, flawless cabins, and perfect reliability—and the IS-F is all about brute power and flash. “Gimmicky styling has overshadowed the subtle good looks of the Lexus IS,” says Edmunds.com. Some details like the rear exhaust are simply dummy shapes put in place of real quad exhausts, they add. Motor Trend appreciates the “pronounced hood bulge that hints of something menacing lurking underneath,” though Road & Track takes the minority view and calls the add-ons “tasteful and appropriate.” The Detroit News says there’s no need to worry that the “IS-F might blend into the IS crowd” with its new hood, fenders, and rear spoiler.
The interior of the 2009 Lexus IS-F doesn't receive the harsh criticism to which the car’s exterior is submitted. “Inside, it’s still all Lexus all the time,” says Autoblog, noting the white carbon fiber on the console, the “easily readable gauges,” and “beautifully finished seats.” Car and Driver likes the “bling of braided aluminum trim on the doors." Under the hood, Jalopnik observes, the engine cover reminds them of “Darth Vader’s chest plate.” The cabin, however, is more sedate, offering “the style and quality we’ve come to expect of the Lexus brand,” declares Road & Track.
The 2009 Lexus IS-F maintains a luxurious cabin but earns demerits for its exterior styling.