Engine: 3.5-liter V-6,
Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive
Horsepower: 311 • Torque: 280 lb-ft
EPA Rating: 19/City • 26/Highway • 21/Combined
Base Price: $44,095 • As Tested: $53,437
The Lexus IS 350 and IS 300 are the smaller models of the Lexus lineup. The F Sport V-6 is the strongest performer
Strong powerplant delivering excellent acceleration
Smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic with Paddle shifters
Multiple performance modes — Eco to Sport Plus
Push button for snow driving
Sporty handling and performance
Superb driver/passenger performance touring machine
Stretch-out front legroom — with rear seat giving it up.
The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with medium deep bolsters
Driver power lumbar control — none for passenger
Heated and cooled front seats with three temps
Very nice, thick, contoured, perforated heated leather steering wheel with wide range tilt/telescopic capability and decent auxiliary controls
High-quality interior materials with excellent fit and finish
Snug backseat, but good headroom
Large floor tunnel negatively effects middle seat position
Soft, wide rear armrest with cupholders
Comfort and headroom are excellent, but legroom varies depending on front seat positioning.
Flat trunk floor for medium to small size trunk, with high lift-over
Split folding seats fold flat
Noticeable height difference between trunk and folded seats
Small, odd shaped console bin
Medium size front door bins with bottle notches
Two seatback pouches
No rear door bins
The IS steering wheel and controls reflect the car’s sporty nature.
Handsome styling with one of the best-looking versions of the love it or hate it signature Lexus grille
The handsome, smooth, exterior styling suggests forward motion.
Quality, comfortable interior for front occupants
Tremendous engine and suspension
Fun to drive on winding 2-lane blacktops
The small locking glovebox is taken up with the huge owner’s manual
Lacking in small item interior storage space
Expensive navigation/audio option
The 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport is a compact luxury sedan that delivers an agreeable mix of luxury and performance in a small, nimble package. The small size compromises rear seat and trunk space, but increases the F Sport’s muscularity, resulting in spirited driving in upscale ambiance.