There is much to love about the new Lexus IS sedans.
Better looking, more spacious, and bristling with an abundance of tech, the small Lexus four-door now feels more like a Lexus than ever before. Interestingly though, the qualities that make a Lexus a Lexus have evolved somewhat over the last couple of years. The introduction of more driver focused models like the new GS and the new LS—which for the first time in that model’s history is truly capable of standing as a large luxurious sports sedan (when outfitted in F Sport livery)—have somewhat redefined the brand.
With all of that in place, we excitedly approached the 2014 Lexus IS F Sport models. After all, this is the Lexus challenger to the all-conquering BMW 3 Series. With its diminutive size, powerful engine, and rear-wheel drive, the Lexus IS was singularly responsible for giving enthusiasts a reason to look twice at Lexus when it was introduced to North America as the IS 300 back in 2000.
In fact, it can be argued the Lexus IS, rather than the GS, was really the car responsible for attracting young performance-oriented drivers to the Lexus brand. Further, the success of the Lexus IS contributed much ammunition to the faction inside Lexus responsible for getting the exotic LFA off the drawing board and out onto the street.