2011 Lexus IS 350 Overview
By blending the best of power and luxury, the 2011 Lexus IS 350 sport sedan has all the amenities and safety features you could want, but at a non-luxurious price.
Power is the name of the game for the 2011 Lexus IS 350 with a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 277 pounds-feet of torque, and is mated to a six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This all-aluminum engine features direct injection and variable valve timing for maximum performance and efficiency. Fuel economy ranges from 18-20 mpg in the city and 25-27 mpg on the highway. The IS 350 is available in a coupe/convertible model (IS 350C) and a less-powerful version (IS 250), and competition includes the Mercedes-Benz C3350, Infiniti G35 and BMW 335i. The IS 350 is powered through the rear wheels and gains all-wheel drive as an option for 2011.
The 2011 Lexus IS 350 looks sleeker with a new grille and front bumper, and several other new exterior features including high-intensity-discharge headlights, headlight washers and LED daytime running lights. For crisper handling, a new F Sport Package includes a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels and front and rear spoilers. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, while rain-sensing wipers and a backup camera with front and rear parking sensors are optional.
Inside, the 2011 IS 350 seats five in standard leather-appointed front seats with 10-way power adjustability. Dual zone climate control and a power moonroof are also standard, while models equipped with all-wheel drive include heated front seats. When it comes to music, the standard 13-speaker, 194-watt stereo with six-CD changer and USB port for iPod connectivity comprises the excellent Lexus Premium Audio System.
If you think that’s not enough, then step up to the Premium Plus Package, featuring perforated leather seating with heat and ventilation, as well as wood trim. For audiophiles, there is an available Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound system with 14 speakers and ten amplifier channels. A DVD-based navigation system with touch-screen controls tops the options list.
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management is the mastermind of all dynamic safety systems, including electric power steering, Vehicle Stability Control, antilock brakes, brake-force distribution and brake assist. The available Lexus Enform™ system with Safety Connect™ provides useful satellite communications in the event of a vehicle impact or theft. A full set of airbags, including front-side, front knee and two-row head airbags joins a great safety structure.
A revised exterior and a host of cutting-edge safety features compliment precise handling and ample power in the 2011 Lexus IS 350.