The Lexus brand is often slow to innovate but doing such has paid off for their unsurpassed reliability track record and unique design and luxury appeal that’s helped keep them relevant and trusted my many. In their methodical approach to their lineup, Lexus chooses to keep the compact-sized IS around but with some updates that make it a more attractive offering. For the 2021 and 2022 model year, Lexus does a welcomed refresh for the IS in addition to adding a V8 engine for the new 2022 IS 500. However, for the IS 350, one of their mainstay trims for the luxury sports sedan, things get spicy in the design department but are kept civilized for the performance that’s been polished with a few refinements.

The 2021 Lexus IS 350 gets restyled LED headlights, front grille, taillights, and rear end for a rather sporty head-turning look. In a way, the Lexus IS has grown up a bit but retains its compact size that’s sometimes unliked for those who must sit in the back – there’s not much headroom, legroom, or shoulder room. Up front, there’s a nice space that fits most like a glove with a good driving position and the enjoyment of a surprisingly smooth ride.

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The new IS feels more refined in the way it rides and handles, partly due to the new adaptive dampers found on my IS 350 F Sport test vehicle thanks to an optional F Sport Dynamic Handling Package that incorporates adaptive variable suspension, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, 19-inch matte black BBS wheels, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, a few other small bits that don’t do anything to modify performance. The ride quality and buttoned-down feeling is the best it has ever been in the IS where the chassis feels as if it can handle a lot more power without any additional work, hence there’s the new IS 500 with its 472-horsepower V8 engine.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2021 12:07:33 +0000