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Lexus IS 350 Luxury with a Sporty Flair

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Author: Eric Buck

Just one look at the 2007 Lexus IS 350 and you know it will be a really fun car to drive!  The low profile front, rounded lines, and wedge silhouette scream "take me for a drive, I'll perform so well you'll have to take me home."


The muscled 3.5-litre V6 produces 306 horsepower, winning the "most powerful engine in its class" award.  The phenomenal 0-60 acceleration time of 5.3 seconds (and fastest is its class) is achieved by the 277 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm.  Just one tap on the accelerator and the IS 350 advances like a shot!  The transmission is a six-speed automatic that provides impressive torque at all speed levels, as well as higher fuel economy.  The wide gear-ratio spread takes the credit here.


Exceptional stopping ability is provided by high-friction front brake pads.  This feature optimizes braking action and feel along with brake assist and the anti-lock brake system.  All of this is incorporated to provide peace of mind to stop when you need to, regardless of the terrain or situation.


The interior is stylishly elegant, as you would expect from a Lexus.  Of course the standard leather trim seating is the highest quality as is the genuine wood trim.  A nice addition is the ventilated front seats which provide heated or circulated air through the perforated leather trim, keeping you snuggly in the chilly winter mornings or refreshed during long summer days. 


You'll never have to worry about losing your way with the available voice-activated DVD navigational system.  The high resolution screen and clear voice directions are provided using Bluetooth technology.   An exceptional addition is a tiny video camera installed directly over the rear license plate that provides a wide-angle color image on the navigation screen when shifting into reverse.  This handy safety feature assists you to see objects not visible through the rear window.


There's an optional Mark Levinson Surround System that provides 300 watts and powered by a 10 channel amplifier.  14 speakers are ideally located throughout the cabin, to perfectly match the interior acoustics.  This provides the ultimate symphony for the senses!  There's even a port in the center armrest to plug in your MP3 player!


All in all, the IS 350 is a great blend of sporty and elegance.  The precise steering, firm ride, and instant throttle are all combined in a beautifully appointed cabin containing every important creature comfort.  Now we don't have to choose, they're all wrapped up in one high-brow package.  The MSRP starts at $36,420.

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