2014 Lexus IS 350

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Are your Spidey Senses tingling? You’re going to “Marvel” at this Lexus beauty.  It has so many sensory mechanisms, like the “web-shooters” to keep it a safe vehicle for all involved. Maybe Spiderman should drive a 2014 Lexus IS 350. I can see it now, give him a souped up version of the Lexus IS 350 F Sport, why not? It has a unique look in the front that looks very similar to Spiderman’s mask; the grill actually helps with the breaking system, so it’s not just for good looks.

The engineer in this year’s model really studied and acknowledged what the competitors have to offer even for more of the out of reach classes, but is it really out of reach? Maybe it’s just getting caught up with its real competition.  Not only does this car offer some wonderful options and packages, the Lexus IS 350 handles well. Spiderman always makes it look so easy swinging effortlessly through the skyscrapers and the Lexus IS 350 is just as easy to drive. Personally I think it’s definitely worthy of a spot in the next Spiderman movie.

The 2014 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 F Sport is offered in AWD or RWD. It boasts a hefty 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that delivers 306 horsepower and 277 lbs-ft of torque. It’s capable of darting from 0-60 mph in as little as 5.6 seconds. Fuel economy is estimated at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway on RWD variants. Opting for AWD will drop those digits a few mpg. Buyers will also have the option of driving in ECO, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+ modes.

Standard features include push-button start, paddle shifters, a heated 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seatback, HomeLink®, an eight-speaker premium sound system with a cd player and dual USB ports for iPod®/memory stick connections.  If you like the thought of being able to connect with your car by simply using your voice, you are in luck because it also has an advanced voice command recognition system.

Safety features include a 10-airbag system and a pre-collision warning system meaning that if you do not apply brakes in time the car will automatically reduce speed (I could see Spiderman needing this safety feature as he is fighting crime).Other standard safety features include a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers and auto-dimming side mirrors.

 

Several packages are offered in the 2014 Lexus IS 350. The available Navigation System Package includes a backup camera, Bluetooth with Bluetooth 3.0 technology and auto phonebook synchronization, a high-resolution multimedia display, Lexus Enform, Destination Assist and eDestination, Enform App Suite, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, Open Table, Pandora, Yelp and FB.

If the sound system is just as important as the navigation system then spruce it up with the Mark Levinson Premium Audio System that includes a 15-speaker, 835-watt premium surround sound system with a DVD and CD player.

The Premium Package includes LED headlamps and Hheated/ventilated front seats. The Luxury Package will add wood interior trim accent pieces and perforated leather upholstery. Add the Luxury and Technology Package and you’ll get a lane departure alerts system and intelligent high-beam headlights. The All-Weather Package adds a heated steering wheel, a stronger interior heater, headlamp washers, windshield-wiper deicers and water-repellent glass.

And last but certainly not least, the IS F Sport Package includes 18-inch alloy wheels, sporty exterior styling elements, front fender badges, LED headlights, an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) with Normal and Sport S+ driving modes, silver interior trim accent pieces, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum pedals, high-performance brake pads and a black headliner.

The cost for the 2014 Lexus starts between $40-44 grand and depending on chosen packages you can expect to add an additional $2k-4,000.  All in all, it’s a nice drive, has great handling and technology that is worth the money if you ask me. Put this one at the top spot of your shopping list to check out, it is certainly movie worthy! So let your Spidey senses take you to the nearest dealer and take one for a spin.

 Smooth ride, great handling, appealing interior, styling

 Pricey upgrades

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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