With the 2015 IS 350, Lexus aims to solve a problem that is the BMW 335i and its stronghold on the compact sport sedan market. By throwing a big V6 and lots of features at the Bavarian competition, the IS 350 represents a marriage of traditional Lexus values with an edgier and more youthful look.
What's New for 2015
Following its redesign for 2014, the IS350 gets some equipment changes for 2015. The backup camera now features gridlines to make it more useful. Siri Eyes Free is available for those who use an iOS device with their car. LED fog lights are new, too, as are heated and cooled front seats for F Sport models. A heated steering wheel is a new option for cars equipped with all-wheel drive.
Choosing Your Lexus IS 350
The IS 350 and its performance flavored F Sport variant come with a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission on standard rear-wheel drive cars or a six-speed automatic with optional all-wheel drive.
Differences between the two trim levels are largely cosmetic:
Keep an eye on options that are bundled in large and expensive packages, as the competitive base price of the IS 350 can veer wildly out of control. Also consider how much you value the F Sport package, as it doesn't transform the car as much as its styling changes might suggest.