The 2010 Lexus IS's exterior styling is best summed up as attractive but not eye-catching.
The Orlando Sentinel calls the 2010 IS a "BMW Series-3 fighter," while Car and Driver also praises its looks: "the styling Lexus gave the new IS line turns the car from sharp to stunning." Cars.com points out that the 2010 Lexus IS's styling also "bears a strong family resemblance to its larger, GS series of sport sedans." As always, however, beauty is in the eye of the beholder; Kelley Blue Book finds the Lexus a bit short of its German rivals, and The Los Angeles Times describes the 2010 Lexus IS design as "crowded and turbulent."
The 2010 Lexus IS's interior gets top marks from most reviewers. Car and Driver finds the interior "has a more luxurious look, and the leather and plastic seem even better than those in the original model." ConsumerGuide also raves about the interior: "decor is the Lexus-typical mix of rich-looking upholstery, soft-touch surfaces, and high-grade plastics." Edmunds reviewers deem the cabin to be "impeccably finished."