Some clubs will let anyone join as long as they come to meetings and pay their dues. Then there’s the club that the 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport is trying so desperately to be a part of: the Universal Brotherhood of Luxury Sport Sedans. Unfortunately for the uninitiated, this particular social circle demands a pound of flesh before it will considering opening its doors. Just ask Cadillac, which had to wait over a decade for the CTS sedan to give way to the ATS before premium buyers – the true gatekeepers of the UBLSS – grudgingly opened their wallets and wiffle-paddled the nimble buttocks of the domestic brand’s latest fun-to-drive effort.
The Lexus IS is also past its tenth year of anticipating mainstream acceptance from the cognoscenti that determine which sport sedans will be lauded and which will be ignored. The 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport has been completely redesigned in a bid to curry favor with its target group of BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 buyers. While it’s an impressive bet from Lexus that hits many of the important targets necessary for UBLSS admission, as a whole it falls just short of reaching the pinnacle of perfection demanded by the segment.