2013 is turning into a very exciting year for automotive industry, which until recently still seemed to be shaking off the effects of the financial crisis. Having reported record profits only a month ago, Toyota Motor Company has overwhelming task at hand: deliver a worthy competitor to BMW 3 series and Audi A4, and they went all in with the very impressive looking 2014 Lexus IS
initial peek back on May 20 I was waiting with excitement to get behind the wheel of one and today was my chance.
The experience of driving the F-Sport is indeed very satisfying, but even though the aggressive look give the car plenty of character, it still lacks the playfulness of the European counterparts. It is too obedient, too refined, it makes me wonder whether a after year of owning it would actually get boring.
Nonetheless, as an everyday car, it may be difficult surpass the Lexus IS. After all, after-fires and aggressive down shifts are only a small part of driving routine, which do not affect performance in any way. Lexus did a marvelous job of delivering a high performance small luxury sedan to the masses.
Tokyo Motor Show coming later this year and the Autosalon shortly after, there should be plenty for work for the tuners around Japan to tweak the incredible IS towards insanity.
TRD is already offereing some dealers optional "enhancements".
Cost of ownership
The 3.5L V6 has improved fuel economy. It has a reliability of Toyota and can live a long life with just basic maintenance. High car tax and expensive tires will be noticeable but shouldn't burn a hole in your wallet. Hybrid and 2.5 V6 offer tax returns and obviously better fuel economy.
2014 Lexus IS is on sale at Lexus Japan starting at 4,200,000 Yen for basic IS250 and 5,950,000 Yen for IS350 Sport. Price can easily reach 7,500,000 with various options.
A big shout out to Lexus dealers in Aoyama and Koishikawa for letting me drive and photograph their vehicles.
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