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2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD

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How does the latest Lexus style look in the flesh? Pretty darn sexy, if you ask us.

Wearing almost the exact shame shade of maroon paint as the 2012 LF-CC concept, and headlights to match as well, the 2014 IS is quickly becoming one of the best-looking compact luxury models available.

The IS 350 AWD is priced from $41,700 and is the top version of the IS lineup, except of course the F Sport variants.

Lexus brought the IS onto the market in 1998 as an entry level model placed under the more powerful ES luxury sedan.

The second generation arrived in 2005 and the third one was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale in mid-2013 in both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions.

The IS 350 AWD comes loaded with tons of standard features, but customers interested in updating it even further have a lot of packages and options to choose from. The only problem is that these options are quite expensive and you can end up paying up to $60k for a highly equipped version.

The entire IS lineup was heavily updated for the new generation, and, just like with the GS and LS models it will feature an inverted trapezoidal upper grille, slanted lower grille and new headlights with LED technology.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD.

Exterior

Lexus IS 350 AWD
Lexus IS 350 AWD
Lexus IS 350 AWD

Just like with all the other models recently launched by Lexus, the 2014 IS 350 AWD will be distinguished by a large, trapezoidal upper grille featuring a more three-dimensional design with a chrome-plated frame and darker gray insert from top to bottom.

The model will also be equipped with powerfully articulated headlamp cluster design with L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) located independently below and wide flare of the wheel arches.

Customers will have the possibility to choose between seven exterior colors: Starfire Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic (new), Atomic Silver (new), Obsidian, Matador Red Mica, and Deep Sea Mica.

2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD - Standard Exterior Features

  • Electrochromic (auto-dimming) inside mirror with compass (compass moves to multi information display when equipped with Navigation System
  • Power-adjustable, heated outside mirrors with defoggers and puddle lamps
  • Power tilt-and-slide moonroof with one-touch open/close and sliding sunshade
  • Power windows with one-touch auto open/close
  • Power door locks
  • Retained accessory power for windows and moonroof

2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD - Exterior Dimensions

TypeFive-passenger luxury sport sedan
ConstructionWelded-steel unibody
Length183.7 in (4,665 mm)
Width71.3 in (1,810 mm)
Height56.3 in (1,430 mm)
Wheelbase110.2 in (2,800 mm)
Trunk capacity13.8 cu ft (391 L)
Curb weight3,737 lb (1,695 kg)
Fuel-Tank Capacity17.4 gal (66 L)

Interior

Lexus IS 350 AWD
Lexus IS 350 AWD
Lexus IS 350 AWD

As no surprise the interior is all about combining a high level of luxury with the sportiness required by a model in this class. There is a driver-oriented cockpit design inspired by Lexus LFA supercar and a dashboard divided into two distinct zones: a display zone and an operation zone. This way the driver will enjoy a more comfortable, ergonomically ideal interaction with the vehicle’s control systems.

The 2014 IS was built on a longer wheelbase and when combined with a special front seat design, the rear seat legroom was increased by 1.6 inches.

2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD - Standard Interior Features

  • Advanced voice command casual-language voice-recognition system
  • Lexus Display Audio with subscription-free traffic and weather service
  • Center console controller
  • Eight-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System
  • CD player
  • Digital signal processing with Automatic Sound Levelizer
  • Drive Mode Select with ECO, Normal and Sport S modes
  • Color multi-information display in gauge cluster
  • Paddle shifters
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio, phone and display controls
  • Cruise control
  • 10-way (including lumbar) power-adjustable driver’s seat, 8-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat
  • Perforated NuLuxe interior trim
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
  • Stainless-steel front door-sill scuff plates
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and electrostatic touch-sensitive controls

2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD - Interior Dimensions

Headroom (front/rear)38.2/36.9 in (970/936 mm)
Legroom (front/rear)44.8/32.2 in (1,138/818 mm)
Shoulder Room (front/rear)55.9/53.4 in (1,421/1,357 mm)
Hip Room (front/rear)54.3/54.0 in (1,379/1,372 mm)

Drivetrain

Lexus IS 350 AWD

The IS 350 is powered by a 3.5 liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 306 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a peak torque of 277 pound-feet at 4,800 rpm. The model equipped with the electronically controlled all-weather drive system will be equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

When equipped with the AWD system, the IS 350 will deliver improved traction and grip under all driving conditions by automatically varying front-to-rear torque balance from 50:50 to as much as 30:70.

The IS 350 AWD will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and up to an electronically top speed of 131 mph, while delivering a fuel economy of 19 mpg on city driving and 26 mpg on the highway.

EngineV-6
Displacement3.5 liters (210 cubic inches)
Horsepower306 @ 6,400
Torque277 lb-ft @ 4,800
ValvetrainFour cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
0-60 MPH Acceleration5.7 seconds
Top Track Speed (electronically limited)131 mph
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/combined)19/26/21
Aerodynamic Drag Coefficient0.29
Turning Circle35.4 feet
TransmissionSix-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
Drive WheelsAll-wheel drive

Suspension and Brakes

Lexus IS 350 AWD

The IS 350 AWD will be offered with standard 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with 225/45R17 V-rated all-season performance tires combined with a high-performance braking system featuring 13.1-in ventilated discs up front and 12.2-in ventilated discs at the rear.

Lexus is also offering as standard feature an independent, double-wishbone suspension up front and an independent, multilink with coil springs suspension at the rear. Also offered as standard is an Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system.

Prices

Lexus IS 350 AWD

The 2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD is priced at $41,700.

Packages

Navigation System Package$2,085
Navigation / Mark Levinson Premium Audio System Package$3,225
Premium Package$610
Luxury Package$3,225
Luxury and Technology Package$3,675
All weather package$360
F Sport Package$3,180

Options

Variable Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS) with power tilt-and-telescopic steering column$400
Power rear sunshade$210
Backup camera$350
18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with 225/40R18 (front), 255/35R18 (rear) summer (RWD) or all-season (AWD) performance tires (IS 350)$935
Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert$600
Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control$500
Intuitive Parking Assist$500

Competitors

Infiniti Q50

Infiniti Q50

The 2014 Q50 is powered by a 3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine that delivers a total of 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. This engine will be combined with an advanced seven-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual-shift mode and available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters.

For the Q50 equipped with the AWD system prices will start from $38,500.

BMW 335i xDrive

BMW 3 Series Sedan

The 335i is powered by a 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 300 horsepower. More importantly the 335i xDrive is a little bit more fuel efficient as the IS 350 AWD, as fuel economy on the highway driving goes up to 30 mpg.

The 335i xDrive is priced from $45,400.

Conclusion

Lexus IS 350 AWD

The 2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD is definitely a great car. It delivers the right amount of power, is placed somewhere in the middle when it comes about prices and comes loaded with lots of cool standard features. Of course is no BMW, but at the end of the day you will be surprised to learn that there is pretty much no difference between the two.

LOVE IT
  • Great look
  • Comfortable cabin
  • Powerful engine
LEAVE IT
  • Not the best fuel economy in its class
  • A little bit expensive


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