The 2008 Lexus IS 350 is a driving contradiction – it successfully combines the styling and features that distinguished luxury car buyers expect with the drive-ability and handling of a sports car. This four door luxury Sport Sedan offers seating capacity for up to five passengers and a hefty 302 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission under the hood. Not only does it offer a long list of luxury amenities, including navigation and Satellite radio, it boasts a broad range of safety equipment too, including front/side-body/side-head airbags and ABS.Read more Read less
A new performance-oriented model called the IS-F, with more than 400 horsepower and a full roster of track-ready equipment, joins the Lexus lineup later in the 2008 model year. The rest of the IS sport sedans carry over to 2008 with only a few minor changes. Seats have been redesigned, and IS 250 AWD models now also get standard leather seats, with the front being heated. Door scuff plates and the outside mirror control get new illumination, a coin holder has been added, and the standard 17-inch alloy wheels get a new finish.
Terrific overall performance; plenty of luxury features and high-tech options; standard safety.
The 2008 Lexus IS sport sedans bring the driving feel of a sports coupe, in a more practical four-door sedan body style, and have some available high-tech features that aren't offered by its head-on competitors. The IS 250 AWD model appeals to the more practical-minded, and the IS-F that's set to debut late in the model year may just win over some buyers who want a new track toy that's practical enough for everyday driving.