Video Review: 2014 Lexus IS 350 F-SportThis brand is starting to embrace sportiness


Lexus has been a builder of luxury cars since the late 1980s. They’ve gotten really good at producing cushy cruisers that appeal to their intended demographic. During that time, there’s never been much to get excited about from a sports-oriented driving experience. Yes, the IS-F is a blast and the LFA proves the company is capable of tremendous feats of engineering. Still, the standard IS has been the sportiest machine in the lineup, and it can’t hold a candle to offerings from BMW, Audi, or even the the new Cadillac ATS.

Now, however, Lexus is pushing itself. This is happening in both the style department and the in-seat experience. The cars are far more bold, whether you like it or note. Additionally, they’re becoming rather entertaining to drive. For example, I had a chance to sample the latest GS on a track, and I was nearly shocked at how well it behaved. One of my best burnouts was recently accomplished in the F-Sport version of the LS. These machines are still holding on to their luxurious roots, but their also broadening their horizons… and it’s about time.

The 2014 Lexus IS now has to step up to this improvement plate. As the entry-level member of the family (forgetting the CT200h), it has to capture the heart and soul of folks so Lexus can keep them climbing up the product ladder as they grow older. Can the new IS pull off this emotional encapsulation?

Click past the jump to find out… and watch the video all the way through to catch the worst “donuts” ever.


[Disclaimer: Lexus loaned us the 2014 IS 350 F-Sport for a week and included a tank of gas. They said nothing of the tires… Sorry Lexus.]

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10 responses to “Video Review: 2014 Lexus IS 350 F-SportThis brand is starting to embrace sportiness”

  1. Bryce Womeldurf Avatar

    Oh wow, I didn't know about it having the LFA style tach. That's such a good, clear design for gauges. It's good to see that trickling down to a lower model. By the way, I loved the smoky burnout at the end.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Maybe we should call that thing at the end a:
      1) Donout
      2) Burnaround
      3) Burnabout
      I like burnabout

      1. Bryce Womeldurf Avatar

        Burnabout, I like it!

      2. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
        Dean Bigglesworth

        <img src="; width="400" </img>

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    "F-Sport" – is that akin to M-Technik, as in not quite an IS-F? I noticed the other day that the 2014 IS-F is going to continue on the old platform. I thought that rather strange.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      F-Sport is probably similar to the M Sport, not quite full M.
      Yes, new IS-F isn't ready to come party apparently.

    2. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      F-Sport, M-Technik, R-Design. take a letter, append a hyphen and a pretentious word, and you've got a trim package!

  3. BobWellington Avatar

    I wouldn't say I hate the front end, but I also don't find it pretty.

  4. Victor Avatar

    Good review, though you didn't mention the ATS as its competition. 'Mericuh?

  5. Otto Nobedder Avatar
    Otto Nobedder

    Looks great-sounds great…I think a larger wheel/tire combo would fill the wheel wells better.
    Plus 1 BobWellington..the grille is TOO massive for my taste(not to mention too exposed to feel good about
    parking it just anywhere…)

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