Marc UrbanoCar and Driver
Sedans are said to be on their way out, but there’s plenty of new sheetmetal and platforms that say otherwise. Lexus turns up the curb appeal of the 2021 IS350 F Sport to 11, but the engine stays at four.
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The F Sport package is now standard on the IS350 and exclusive to the 350 badge.
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All rear-wheel-drive IS350 F Sports are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 311 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
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A standard eight-speed automatic handles the shifting duties.
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Our test car trotted to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
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Lexus went through the trouble of stiffening the IS’s structure and reducing its unsprung weight, but the handling isn’t on par with the stiff competition.
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The IS’s interior is well-appointed, and the 8.0- or 10.3-inch touchscreen has been moved nearly 6.0 inches closer to the driver.
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The IS350 F Sport held on to the skidpad with a not very competitive 0.89 g of lateral grip.
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The 19-inch BBS wheels, part of the Dynamic Handling package, shed a claimed 16 pounds.
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Our test car’s $595 Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 paint is worth every penny.
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The IS350 F Sport starts at $43,925, which is $2475 less than last year’s model.
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