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2011 Lexus IS 350 Review

IS is an entry level sedan model from Lexus. This model is manufactured since 1998. Currently this model is in its second generation. This model was completely redesigned for second generation and was launched in 2006. Lexus IS is available in two body styles which include four door sedan style and two door convertible style. For 2011 model, IS 350 will be offered with adaptive xenon headlights, pre-collision system and cruise control system. This model is also offered with all wheel drive channel. National base price of 2011 Lexus IS 350 is around $ 39, 720 which excludes destination charges. Some of the tough competitors for this model are Cadillac CTS, Mercedes C class, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Infinity G37.

 

Trim Levels and Accessories:

2011 Lexus IS 350 is a luxury sedan model available in convertible and high performance models.  These models are offered with either rear wheel drive channel or all wheel drive channel.

Some of the standard accessories installed in these model include xenon head lamps, heated mirrors, LED running lights, tilt and telescopic steering column, auto dimming rear view mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, audio system with 13 speakers, 6 CD chargers, satellite radio, leather upholstery, eight way power adjustable seats, dual zone automatic climate control system, heated mirrors, I-Pod or USB interface and keyless entry or ignition.

These models can also be installed with some optional accessories such as hard drive based navigation system with rear view camera, Bluetooth phone book download, voice commands and real time traffic updates. This model can also be installed with Mark Levinson audio system with 14 speakers.

All trims of this vehicle can be installed with packages such as Premium Plus Package which include wood trim, ventilated seats and heated seats. On selecting Luxury package IS 350 will be installed with auto dimming exterior rear view mirror, driver seat with memory function, power rear sunshade, power tilt and telescopic column and automatic wipers.

2011 model will also be offered with latest F Sport Package which includes sporty wheels, rear spoilers, sports tuned suspension system, sporty seats, leather upholstery, microfiber inserts. Addition to these F Sport package also includes sports suspension, carbon fiber engine cover, performance exhaust and carbon fiber shift knob.

Engine and Specifications:

2011 Lexus IS 350 is a powerful model mounted with 3.5 L capacity V-6 engine. This powertrain is capable of generating 306 HP of power and 277 lb-ft of torque. This engine can be mated with either all wheel drive channel of rear wheel drive channel and six speed automatic gear transmission with shift paddles near steering wheel. With this powertrain IS 350 is expected to reach 60 MPH mark within 5.6 seconds.

 

Specifications:

  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Engine Type: 3.5 L V 6
  • Power: 306 HP at 6400 RPM
  • Torque: 277 lb-ft at 4800 RPM
  • Transmission: 6 Speed Automatic

Mileage (with Rear Wheel Drive channel):

  • City: 20 MPG
  • Highway: 27 MPG
  • Combined: 22 MPG

Mileage (with All Wheel Drive channel):

  • City: 18 MPG
  • Highway: 25 MPG
  • Combined: 20 MPG

Interior:

Lexus is known for its interior design. Lexus IS 350 is also designed with high class wood, metallic or leather accents. Most of the parts is covered by soft touch plastic material. Dash of this model houses intuitive controls which are pretty easy to reach and easy to use. Interior room of this model is similar to other compact luxury models. Average sized individual faces some challenges to accommodate rear seat. Cargo capacity of this model is pretty average and can accommodate 13 cubic feet of luggage.

  • Dimensions:

Exterior:

  • Length: 180.3 Inch
  • Width: 70.9 Inch
  • Height: 56.1 Inch
  • Wheelbase: 107.5 Inch
  • Front Track: 60.4 Inch
  • Rear Track: 60.4 Inch
  • Drag Coefficient: 0.28

Interior

  • Seats: 5
  • Passenger Volume: 88.3 Cubic Feet
  • Cargo Volume: 13.0 Cubic Feet

Interior (Front Row)

  • Leg Room: 43.9 Inch
  • Head Room: 39.0 Inch
  • Shoulder Room: 54.4 Inch
  • Hip Room: 54.1 Inch

Interior (Second Row)

  • Leg Room: 30.6 Inch
  • Head Room: 36.9 Inch
  • Shoulder Room: 52.7 Inch
  • Hip Room: 53.7 Inch

Safety:

Lexus IS 350 is a luxury vehicle installed with antilock disc brakes, stability control, side curtain airbags, safety connects, traction control, side curtain airbags, telematics system with stolen vehicle locator and collision notification. In government crash test this model has gained 4 stars out of 5 for frontal crash protection and side crash protection. IIHS has awarded Good rating for side and frontal impact protection.

Other Specifications:

  • Layout: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Front Suspension: Double Wishbone
  • Rear Suspension: Multi Link
  • Front Wheel: 17 Inch Aluminum
  • Front Tires Size: 225/45VR17
  • Rear Wheel: 17 Inch Aluminum
  • Rear Tires Size: 245/45VR17

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