The Lexus IS has always been one of the more impressive models to come out of Lexus and to keep up with the market demand for the car, the Toyota-owned car brand is offering a few new technologies and new optional packages for the 2010 model. Offered in four trim levels, the 2010 IS goes on sale at a price starting of $32,145.
The 2010 Lexus IS is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.5 liter V6 with a total output of 204 hp at 6,400 RPM and 185 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm and a 3.5 liter V6 variant that delivers 306 hp at 6,400 RPM and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. Both are mated to an advanced six-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of safety, the 2010 IS offers dual-front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, a Lexus Supplemental Restraint System, Pre-Collision System (PCS), High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), Intuitive Park Assist (IPA) and much more.
Full details in the press release after the jump.
The well-equipped Lexus IS sedan receives technology updates for 2010 that build on the brand’s legacy of delivering state-of-art technology. To further enhance the driving experience, iPod®/USB connectivity, streaming audio via Bluetooth® and an integrated satellite radio receiver are added to the standard Lexus Premium Sound System. The optional Lexus Navigation system has been updated with Voice Command casual-language voice recognition and Bluetooth® phonebook download capability. The navigation system also features an integrated XM NavTraffic®, XMWeather™ and XM® Sports/Stocks receiver and comes with a complimentary 90-day trial subscription. Finally, two all-new telematics products are available with a complimentary one-year trial subscription. Safety Connect™ is standard on non-navigation equipped vehicles. Lexus Enform™, which automatically comes with Safety Connect™, is only available with navigation-equipped vehicles.
2.5 liters V6, 204 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
In addition to technology enhancements, the optional Luxury Package on the IS 250 AWD now includes front ventilated seats, perforated semi-aniline leather trim and wood trim. This package features other luxury amenities such as the Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column. Finally, Espresso Bird’s-Eye Maple replaces Golden Brown Bird’s-Eye Maple for vehicles equipped with Ecru leather trim.
The IS sedan line offers four models: The rear-wheel-drive (RWD) IS 350, the rear-drive IS 250, an all-wheel drive IS 250, plus the high performance RWD IS F. The IS 250’s 2.5-liter V6 engine delivers 204 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 185 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm. The IS 350’s 3.5-liter V6 delivers 306 horsepower at 6,400 RPM along with 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm and can accelerate the car from zero-to-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. Both engines use aluminum cylinder blocks and heads and employ dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which controls timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts.
A direct-type fuel-injection system provides a cooling effect in the cylinders, enabling the high compression needed to extract maximum energy from the fuel. Aside from its larger displacement, the 3.5-liter V6 differs chiefly in that it augments the direct fuel injection with port fuel injectors. In light- and medium-load conditions, these additional injectors help produce a precise burn, increasing power and efficiency. A dual exhaust system reduces backpressure at higher engine speeds.
An advanced six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is standard on the IS 350 and the IS 250 all-wheel drive model. The rear-wheel drive IS 250 comes standard with a crisp-shifting six-speed manual transmission, with the paddle-shift automatic offered as an option.
The Lexus IS is engineered to provide for a sporty driving experience. Its double-wishbone front suspension features a high-mount upper control arm, and the lower arm uses a large, liquid-filled bushing at the rear to minimize vibration and harshness. The mult-ilink rear suspension emphasizes precise control of geometry in all dynamic conditions. High-strength steel and aluminum suspension components reduce unsprung weight, helping the IS remain stable on bumpy surfaces and improving ride comfort.
The sophisticated monotube shock-absorber design utilizes multi-leaf linear control valves to optimize damping force, plus internal rebound springs for firmer body control without degrading ride comfort. Available sport suspension with 18-inch wheels further enhances handling response.
The IS 250’s available all-wheel-drive system provides extra traction in diverse driving conditions. A planetary-gear center differential and a wet-type multi-disc clutch control front-to-rear power distribution. The system normally sends 70 percent of available power to the rear wheels to provide the performance advantages of a rear-drive car and will vary the torque-split ratio from 30:70 to 50:50 in response to driving conditions and driver input. The AWD system’s electronic-control strategy takes inputs such as steering and throttle angle from driver activity combined with vehicle signals from wheel speed and yaw rate sensors.
Combining input from a variety of sensors, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) is designed to anticipate the onset of a vehicle skid or slide and help correct the situation with a combination of braking and throttle control. VDIM integration provides precise management for Electric Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), and engine torque (via the electronically controlled throttle). The driver can disengage VSC via the "TRAC off" switch, which can be desirable in certain situations. VDIM is standard on all IS sedan models.
EPS helps to provide linear steering response, precise control and excellent straight-line stability. The vehicle-speed-sensitive system eliminates parasitic loss from a hydraulic pump, and reduces weight and complexity.
The IS 250 and IS 350 feature a four-wheel disc brake system, with the IS 350 equipped with larger ventilated front and rear rotors. In addition, the IS 350’s aluminum four-piston front calipers aid in heat dissipation and stopping power and reduce unsprung weight.
Standard all-season performance tires measure 225/45R17 in front and 245/45R17 for the rear (225/45R17 on IS 250 AWD). Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Sport Package, summer 225/40R18 front tires and 255/40R18 rear tires reward the enthusiast driver with even higher cornering grip.
The 18-inch wheels can be equipped with available all-season tires on rear-wheel drive models.
Passive-safety technology in the Lexus IS begins with a reinforced passenger compartment that helps protect the occupants with front- and rear-crush structures. Seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters are used for the front and outboard rear seats.
In addition to the advanced dual-front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, the Lexus Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) for the IS includes side-curtain airbags that extend from A-pillar to C-pillar, and a knee airbag for both the driver and the front passenger. Advanced dual-stage front airbags are designed to deploy at one of two speeds, according to impact force. The driver’s front airbag also includes an extra low stage designed to deploy based, in part, on the seat’s position on its track. The front passenger airbag features two chambers, creating an indentation in the center impact area that helps to provide overall occupant protection.
The optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) can help reduce collision damage. The package includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which uses millimeter-wave radar to measure and help maintain a pre-set following distance from a vehicle traveling ahead. PCS relies on the radar sensor to detect obstacles in front of the car, and a PCS computer with sensor inputs from vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate is designed to determine whether a collision is unavoidable. In such a situation, PCS preemptively retracts front seat belts and pre-initializes Brake Assist so that increased braking will be applied the instant the driver depresses the pedal.
The available High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) helps to illuminate a curve as the driver steers into it. The rear back-up camera, included with the optional navigation system, automatically projects an image of what its lens can detect behind the car onto the navigation screen when the transmission is in reverse gear. To better communicate with other drivers, IS features exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals.
The optional Intuitive Park Assist (IPA) system uses ultrasonic sensors to detect objects close to the car’s front and rear bumpers, alerting the driver and showing distance to objects in the multi-information display within the speedometer. When any IS model is also equipped with the optional navigation system, information on objects detected is shown in greater detail on that system’s seven-inch touch screen display.
Standard amenities for the IS models include a leather-trimmed interior with 10-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat vents and a pollen filter (plus a smog filter on IS 350), power moonroof with one-touch open/close and seven open-position settings, manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, all power windows with automatic up/down feature and jam protection, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The IS 250 AWD model in addition features standard heated seats.
A multi-function switch allows the driver to set an adjustable speed warning and an adjustable RPM shift light in the tachometer. Paddle shifters function in D mode and multiple controls are designed to maximize convenience for the driver. The Smart Access keyless entry and push-button-start ignition allows the driver to keep the access fob in a pocket or purse. The standard HomeLink® programmable garage door opener also operates home security devices and other systems.
The standard Lexus Premium Audio System features a six-disc, in-dash CD changer, 194 watts of total power, 13 speakers, iPod/USB connectivity, Bluetooth hands free phone and music streaming, and an integrated satellite radio receiver. Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) maintains consistent sound levels at varying vehicle speeds.
A Premium Plus Package that is optional for all IS models includes wood trim, perforated leather seating trim and heated and ventilated front seats. The comprehensive "Sport" and "Luxury" option packages also include three-position memory for seats, steering wheel and outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, power tilt and telescopic steering column and auto-dimming outside mirrors. Ventilated seats, wood trim and semi-aniline leather are included in the available Luxury Package for the 2010 IS 250 AWD.
Like all Lexus models, the IS offers its own version of the Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio system, which is available in conjunction with the optional DVD touch-screen navigation system. This 14-speaker audio system features discrete 5.1 multi-channel playback with 7.1-channel speaker architecture. Its 10 amplifier channels provide 300 watts total output at 0.1 percent total harmonic distortion (THD). The Mark Levinson system plays conventional CDs and DVDs, plus MP3/WMA-formatted CDs. DVD movies can be viewed on the optional navigation system’s color seven-inch touch screen when the parking brake is engaged.
The Lexus IS sedans show a strong family resemblance to the Lexus GS models while establishing their own distinctively sporty identity. A notably wide stance and long wheelbase, coupled with tightly drawn bodywork, give the IS an athletic, road-hungry yet sophisticated style. Carefully shaped body contours, a subtle ducktail-curved trunk lid and "air kick" tail lamps contribute to a low 0.28 coefficient of drag (Cd).
The sound of powerful V6 engines will resonate with driving enthusiasts, yet all vehicle occupants will appreciate Lexus’ ability to minimize undesirable noises. A highly rigid body structure is the starting point for controlling noise intrusion. Strategically placed noise-suppression materials, including special window and door seals, acoustic windshield glass and asphalt sheeting, take over from there. No detail has been overlooked, down to the sound-absorbing sun visors.
The IS models’ luxurious cabin features intelligently designed displays and controls that are easy to see and use. Bright, clear Optitron gauges and smartly integrated metallic trim, or available Bird’s-eye Maple trim, help create an elegant yet sporty environment. Premium interior materials and meticulous attention to detail convey the Lexus identity.
Lexus offers a refreshing approach to designing controls as compared to some competitors that are making controls more complex to learn and distracting to use. One example is the multi-information display located within the speedometer. This versatile feature integrates a trip computer that provides outside temperature, driving range, average fuel consumption, average fuel consumption since refueling (per tank), current fuel consumption, and average speed. The display also includes an oil-maintenance reminder and system warnings, all grouped in one convenient location.
Additional features are added to the multi-information display depending on selected options. When an IS model is equipped with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, the display can show a car icon with the selected following distance. When equipped with Intuitive Park Assist (IPA), the display can show a car icon with the location and distance of objects detected near the bumpers.
F-Sport Performance Accessories Available for IS
The IS 250 and IS 350 F-Sport Performance Accessories include performance enhancing parts such as 19-inch forged alloy wheels, brake upgrades, suspension systems, air intake, exhaust systems and more. F-Sport Performance Accessories by Lexus U.S.A. are engineered by Toyota Racing Devel opment (TRD). When installed by an authorized dealer, the accessories are fully warranted for 12 months or for the balance of the new car warranty, whichever is greater.
Lexus Enform™ with Safety Connect™
The Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 offer an all-new telematics system, Lexus Enform with Safety Connect, available by subscription. Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions are included on all purchases of new Lexus vehicles equipped with these features. Both the Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response center operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—every day of the year.
Safety Connect, the cornerstone of the services, is available on both non-navigation and navigation-equipped IS 250 and IS 350 and offers four safety and security features: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and Enhanced Roadside Assistance, which adds GPS data to the already included warranty-based Lexus roadside service.
3.5 liters V6, 306 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
Lexus Enform, available only on navigation-equipped vehicles, includes all of the Safety Connect features and builds upon them with the premium services of Destination Assist and eDestination. Destination Assist agents are available via the on-board cellular equipment and can help drivers find a specific address, a business by name, or a type of business (e.g., gas station, movie theater, etc.), and even Zagat®-rated restaurants, and then send the coordinates to the navigation system for routing. With eDestination, drivers can go online via LexusDrivers.com to save and sort destinations in up to 20 folders, each holding as many as 10 destinations. Then drivers can send the locations—up to 200 at a time—to their vehicle, where they will be available for download into the navigation system. Online, drivers can create personalized location names (e.g., “Favorite sushi,” “1 PM Appt,” “Kids’ doc,” etc.) and even list notes about their saved locations, all helping them see exactly the information they choose in the vehicle.
Lexus Insider, a complimentary, opt-in service is also available without a subscription on all Lexus Enform-equipped vehicles. This feature offers in-vehicle audio casts that provide owners access to useful vehicle tips and event information, and insights into exclusive owners’ benefits – all designed to further enhance the Lexus experience.
XM – Beyond Radio
Lexus Enform vehicles are factory ready for subscriptions to a variety of innovative XM services. Integrated XM® satellite radio is standard. Additionally, Lexus Enform vehicles feature XM NavTraffic® and XM NavWeather™ services. XM NavTraffic informs the driver of current traffic conditions with real-time traffic displays. When traffic problems are detected the navigation system alerts the driver so that the route can be adjusted. XM NavWeather provides near real-time weather conditions as well as spoken and nav-screen forecasts, both based on official National Weather Service data.
Lexus Enform also provides the platform for XM® Sports and Stocks, which features in-vehicle updates on sports and stocks so drivers can stay connected to their favorite teams and investment data while on the road.
XM Sports provides game results and schedules for up to five personally selected national league sports teams while XM Stocks supplies data for up to 10 personally selected stocks. After inputting their selections, drivers can access the reports through the navigation system, or by using the voice command system, adding a new level of flexibility.
XM services require separate XM subscriptions. The XM Sports and Stocks service is included with an XM® radio subscription. All XM services offer complimentary 90-day trial subscriptions.
|Engine||IS 350 RWD||IS 250 RWD||IS 250 RWD Manual||IS 250 AWD|
|Type||60o V6, aluminum block and heads||60o V6, aluminum block and heads||60o V6, aluminum block and heads||60o V6, aluminum block and heads|
|Displacement||3.5 liters (210 cubic inches)||2.5 liters (152 cubic inches)||2.5 liters (152 cubic inches)||2.5 liters (152 cubic inches)|
|Valvetrain||Four cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence||Four cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence||Four cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence||Four cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence|
|Horsepower at RPM||306 @ 6,400||204 @ 6,400||204 @ 6,400||204 @ 6,400|
|Torque at RPM||277 lb-ft @ 4,800||185 lb-ft @ 4,800||185 lb-ft @ 4,800||185 lb-ft @ 4,800|
|Emission Rating||Certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV II)||Certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV II)||Certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV II)||Certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV II)|
|Performance||IS 350 RWD||IS 250 RWD||IS 250 RWD Manual||IS 250 AWD|
|0-60 MPH Acceleration||5.6 seconds||7.9 seconds||7.9 seconds||8.3 seconds|
|1/4 Mile Acceleration||14.0 seconds||16.1 seconds||16.2 seconds||16.4 seconds|
|Top Track Speed (electronically limited)||143 mph||140 mph||143 mph||131 mph|
|EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/combined)||18/25/20 mpg||21/29/24 mpg||18/26/21 mpg||20/26/22 mpg|
|Aerodynamic Drag Coefficient||0.28||0.28||0.28||0.28|
|Turning Circle||33.5 ft||33.5 ft||33.5 ft||35.5 ft|
|Drivetrain||IS 350 RWD||IS 250 RWD||IS 250 RWD Manual||IS 250 AWD|
|Transmission||Six-speed paddle-shift sequential automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence|
|Six-speed paddle-shift sequential automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence|
|Six-speed manual transmission||Six-speed paddle-shift sequential automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)|
|Drive Wheels||Rear-wheel drive||Rear-wheel drive||Rear-wheel drive||Full-time all-wheel drive|
|Final Drive Ratio||4.083:1||3.909:1||3.727:1||4.100:1|
|Chassis||IS 350 RWD||IS 250 RWD||IS 250 RWD Manual||IS 250 AWD|
|Suspension (front)||Front: Independent, double-wishbone with coil springs, monotube gas-pressurized shock absorbers and hollow stabilizer bar||Front: Independent, double-wishbone with coil springs, monotube gas-pressurized shock absorbers and hollow stabilizer bar||Front: Independent, double-wishbone with coil springs, monotube gas-pressurized shock absorbers and hollow stabilizer bar|
|Suspension (rear)||Rear: Independent, multi-link with coil springs, inverted monotube gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar||Rear: Independent, multi-link with coil springs, inverted monotube gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar||Rear: Independent, multi-link with coil springs, inverted monotube gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar|
|Steering||Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system. 2.9 turns lock to lock||Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system. 2.9 turns lock to lock||Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system. 2.9 turns lock to lock||Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system. 2.9 turns lock to lock|
|Brakes||Four-wheel power-assisted discs, four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist  and four-piston front calipers.||Four-wheel power-assisted discs, four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist  and two-piston front calipers.||Four-wheel power-assisted discs, four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist  and two-piston front calipers.||Four-wheel power-assisted discs, four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist  and two-piston front calipers.|
|Brake Size||13.1-in front, 12.2-in rear ventilated discs||11.6-in ventilated front, 11.4-in solid rear discs||11.6-in ventilated front, 11.4-in solid rear discs||11.6-in ventilated front, 11.4-in solid rear discs|
|Wheels and Tires||17 x 8.0-in 10-spoke alloy wheels with 225/45VR17 all-season tires front, 245/45VR17 all-season tires rear||17 x 8.0-in 10-spoke alloy wheels with 225/45VR17 all-season tires front, 245/45VR17 all-season tires rear||17 x 8.0-in 10-spoke alloy wheels with 225/45VR17 all-season tires front, 245/45VR17 all-season tires rear||17 x 8.0-in 10-spoke alloy wheels with 225/45VR17 all-season tires|
|IS 350 RWD||$37,595|
|IS 250 RWD||$33,315|
|IS 250 RWD Manual||$32,145|
|IS 250 AWD||$35,775|
|Navigation System/Mark Levinson® Premium Audio System Package||$3,905|
|Premium Package Value Edition||$240|
|Luxury Plus Value Edition Package||$1,980|
|Luxury Plus Value Edition Package with 18-in Wheels||$2,810|
|Sport Package Value Edition||$3,140|
|F-Sport Forged Alloy Wheels||$2,196|
|F-Sport Carbon Fiber Engine Cover||$865|
|F-Sport Performance Air Intake||$455|
|F-Sport Shift Knob||$95|
|F-Sport Performance Exhaust System||$1,470|
|F-Sport Front-Brake Upgrade||$3,025|
|F-Sport Rear-Brake Upgrade||$2,550|
|F-Sport Shock Absorber Set||$740|
|F-Sport Lowering Spring Set||$299|
|F-Sport Sway Bar, RWD||$495|
|F-Sport Under Chassis Brace||$375|
|Split-five-spoke alloy wheels||$830|
|G-Spider alloy wheels||$2,450|
|18-in ISP Mode alloy wheels with 18-in tires||$2,450|
|Intuitive Parking Assist||$500|
|Mark Levinson® 14-speaker, 300-watt less than 0.1% THD, 20-20,000 Hz Premium Surround Sound Audio System||$940|
|Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)||$875|
|Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (automatic transmission only)||$1,500|
|Paint protection film||$429|
|Carpet cargo mat||$73|
|Rear bumper applique||$76|
Competitors and press reviews
"But it becomes an afterthought once you start driving the car, thanks to the F-Sport accessories that considerably liven up the IS. Despite the modest horsepower gains from the F-Sport intake and high-flowing exhaust system, the real-world gains are that of looks and sound. Two beautifully welded and polished mufflers peek out from the rear bumper just enough to let others know there’s something different about this IS, and the sound they produce is equally impressive-so much so that I couldn’t imagine owning this car without the upgraded exhaust." (Modified)
"In reviews and road tests, our editors found the Lexus IS 350 to be a dynamic sport sedan. As impressive as its quickness is the engine’s broad and eager power spread. Handling is sharp, but it’s still a Lexus, so the drive is perhaps not quite as thrilling as one might get from a BMW or Infiniti . A precise but numb steering rack and a muted exhaust note further this impression. Still, these attributes could be good news for buyers looking for a sport-oriented luxury sedan that’s perfectly suitable for daily commutes." (Edmunds)
"The IS 350 is propelled with authority, benefitting from a 306-hp 3.5-liter V6. It has VDIM electronic stability designed to keep the driver out of trouble. More sophisticated braking and electronic stability systems augment its additional performance. Safety features include driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The brakes are large and effective four-wheel discs, clamped at the front by aluminum four-piston calipers. Augmenting the big brakes are ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Brake Assist." (Autos AOL)
The 2010 Acurs TSX is on sale at prices starting from $29,310 for the TSX, or $32,410 for the TSX with Technology Package. Customers will be able to choose from two different engines: a 3.5L SOHC V-6 that develops 280 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque or a 2,4 liter four-cylinder engine that develops a total of 201 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.
The 2010 Audi A4 is powered by a 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 mated to quattro® all-wheel drive. The engine delivers a total of 333hp and 325 lb-ft of torque and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4,9 seconds. Prices for the A4 sedan range from $31,450 to $42,250.
The 2010 BMW 3-Series sedan is offered in either 328i version of 335i. The 328i is rated at 230 hp and is priced at $33,150. The 335i is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline 6-cylinder rated at 300hp. The 335i is priced at $40,600.
Is true that a standard Lexus IS is no IS-F sports sedan, but if you can afford to spend a few extra dollars, you can take a look at the F-Sport accessories, they will help you make your luxury sedan drive like any other sporty competitors on the market.
Is short, the IS is not only a luxury car, it is also a dynamic one. Without offering the same driving sensations as a BMW, the IS offers quite a sensation behind the wheel.