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Lexus IS 3 (XE30) facelift

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Product Overview

The 2021 Lexus IS pushes its sports sedan characteristic to a new level. From the functional aerodynamic enhancements to aggressive character lines, the 2021 redesign reflects the athletic nature of the IS.
New 19-inch wheels accentuate the redesigned exterior and improve cornering performance. The suspension setup now features coil springs 20% lighter than those found in the outgoing model, and the new forged aluminium control arms (in place of the outgoing steel ones) are 18% lighter. Overall, these updates reduce unsprung weight and improve ride comfort as well as handling.
In 2021, Lexus reintroduced the V8 to the IS with the new IS 500 F Sport.

Ratings

What we found

Neofiliac score 81%
Pros
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Lots of standard driver-assistance features
  • Excellent ride quality
  • New V8-powered IS 500 F Sport
Cons
  • Lack of storage space
  • Awkward touchpad controller

What external reviewers found

External score 61%
Pros
  • Good value for money
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Excellent engine range
Cons
  • Poor infotainment
  • Terrible trackpad
  • Lack of storage space
  • Lack of standard kit
  • Lack of driver-assistance tech
  • Lackluster infotainment

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Specifications

Variants shown:
IS 300
IS 300 AWD
IS 350
IS 350 AWD
IS 500 F Sport

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External Reviews

autoexpress[1]

Reviewer score 60% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autoexpress have found:
Mercedes E-Class is the most complete car here and will appeal to widest range of buyers. Genesis G80 excels in many key areas, yet falls short in a couple of places. BMW 5 Series is still the king in the exec saloon market. It rides better than any of the cars here, is better to drive and has just as much interior room and luxury.
Pros
  • Excellent engine range
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • Poor infotainment
  • Lack of standard kit

cnet[2]

Reviewer score 59% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from cnet have found:
The ES 250 offers 13.9 cubic feet of trunk space, a good amount to be sure. An 8-inch infotainment screen is included on lower-end models, but a beautiful 12.3-incher is available. The 2021 ES sedan starts at 41 grand and change including $1,025 in delivery fees.
Pros
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent fuel economy
Cons
  • Lackluster infotainment
  • Lack of tech

References

  1. ^ Genesis G80 vs Mercedes E-Class vs Lexus ES. [autoexpress].
  2. ^ 2021 Lexus ES 250 review: Super cruiser. [cnet].

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