2011 Lexus IS review
The 2011 Lexus IS ranks 10 out of 21 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 63 published reviews and test drives of the Lexus IS, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
With a stylish exterior design, easy-to-use controls, comfortable ride and strong resale value, it’s no wonder the Lexus IS has become a leader on Lexus’s sales charts.
Available with two powertrains, the 2011 Lexus IS comes with either a 2.5-liter V6 that produces 204 horsepower or a more serious 3.5-liter V6 that churns out 306 horsepower. While there is a more hardcore IS-F, it is reviewed separately. Although many reviewers find the smaller motor a bit weak for its class, its pricing is similar to the Audi A4 and is a relative bargain for upscale midsize cars. But if you’re looking for a car with some grunt, the IS 350 is the one you want. Just know it will cost you over $5,200 more than an IS250 with rear-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.
Additionally, either Lexus IS can be had with two different drivetrains. Rear-wheel drive is standard but if you’d like to spend more for secure traction in wet weather, all-wheel drive is available for an additional $2,460. This is the first year the IS350 can be optioned with all-wheel drive.
If you want to catch some rays, the Lexus IS line also features convertibles with metal, folding roofs. Although most reviewers agree the Lexus isn’t as sporty as its competition from BMW and Infiniti, the IS is more practical due to its larger trunk space.
The Lexus ES costs nearly $3,400 more than the base IS, and has a different feel. Because it is not tuned for performance, it is not a driving enthusiast’s car. If you’re looking for a car with a sportier feel, the IS is the car for you.
Bottle holders/door pockets
- Front The front door pockets can be opened and closed. - Rear CAUTION: Caution while driving (front door pockets) Keep the door pockets closed. Injuries may result in the e ...
Headlight cleaner switch
Washer fluid can be sprayed on the headlights. Press the switch to clean the headlights. The headlight cleaner can be operated when The “POWER” switch is in ON mode and the headlight switch is t ...
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