The best-selling Lexus ES sedan and RX crossover SUV are about as exciting as a bowl of dry Cheerios, but the brand is not completely boring. Some of its other models, such as the LX off-roader and RC sport coupe, are fully capable of raising a driver’s pulse when driven as intended. And, the ultra-limited production LFA coupe, crafted in carbon fiber solely to showcase exactly what Lexus can accomplish, was a world-class supercar.
In addition to dropping jaws, the exotic LFA also served as a preview of a new Lexus design direction, a fresh styling philosophy that looks best on the Lexus IS sport sedan – that’s right, I just said “Lexus IS” and “sport sedan” in the same sentence. Here’s the qualifier, though. You can only describe the IS 350 as a sport sedan, as the IS 250 (the popular lease special) is equipped with a regrettably underpowered 2.5-liter V6 engine mustering a meager 204 horsepower.
If nothing else, the 2015 Lexus IS 350 makes an unforgettable visual statement the moment you lay eyes on it.