2007 Lexus IS

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2007 Lexus IS Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Lexus IS was new.

The IS sedan is sporty enough to be called the Japanese version of the 3-Series, with Lexus-applied luxury. But while the IS 250 is just a respectable sport sedan, the IS 350 is a hot rod.

8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Responsive handling on both models
  • Top-of-the-class interior, with high quality materials and excellent ergonomics
  • IS 250 comes at a bargain price for the luxury segment
  • Impressive straight line acceleration with IS 350
  • Cramped rear seat for most adults
  • Compared to the IS 350 and other sport sedans, the IS 250 shows noticeably sluggish acceleration

2007 Lexus IS Overview

With a beefy build almost identical to the Lexus GS, auto reviewers agree that the 2007 Lexus IS has become a very respectable choice for a midsize luxury sport sedan. Universally compared to the bellwether BMW 3-Series, the IS 250 stacks up well for its tight handling and luxuriously appointed interior. But the competitively priced IS 250 is considered underpowered by many. In stark contrast, the IS 350 is a "hot rod," as Kelley Blue Book puts it. In head-to-head comparison, Edmunds clocked the IS 350 at 5.6 seconds for 0-60 mph acceleration, "dusting" the BMW 330i's 6.7 seconds. But auto experts remind buyers that Lexus is about luxury above all else. Ward's AutoWorld deems the IS "refinement beyond comparison," with technological amenities and fully-loaded package options. The IS holds as one of Edmunds' top choices for a midsize luxury sport sedan. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls the new IS an "identity statement," the statement being that "we're comfortable in our own skin."

The 2007 Lexus IS 250 and the 2007 Lexus IS 350 are both IntelliChoice "Best in Class" winners for overall value. IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Lexus IS 250 a "better than average" value rating, and gives the IS 350 an "excellent" overall value rating, based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class.

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