The 2011 Lexus IS range, despite gaining a new convertible member in 2009, feels like it's falling a bit behind its competition, whether German, American, Japanese, or other. Despite the aging feel, the IS remains a capable, well-built luxury sedan, and it earns a rating of 7 from MotorAuthority.
Under the hood of the 2011 Lexus IS, you'll find a range of engines, each denoting its numeric moniker. The 2.5-liter V-6 in the IS 250 generates 204 horsepower, while the 3.5-liter V-6 in the IS 350 and IS 350C rates 306 horsepower. A high-performance variant, the IS F, gets a 5.0-liter V-8 good for 416 horsepower and 371 pound-feet of torque.
Styling is a large part of what makes the IS range feel a bit dated, but the newest member, the IS 350C, wears the look well. A power-folding hardtop makes it nearly as comfortable and quiet as the standard non-convertible model. All IS models share the same wide, low hoodline and rising belt line, giving it a wedge-shaped look from the side. A new...
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