2019 Lexus IS 350 AWD: Review from recent drivers’ notes and buying advice

16/04/2019

Have you seen the latest and new 2019 Lexus IS 350? What do auto experts and drivers have to say about it? Check out a review of this new car here now!

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Here is our first brief review of the new 2019 Lexus IS 350 as well as some helpful resources in case you plan to buy a similar product.

2019 Lexus IS 350 – The latest third-gen IS

For those who do not know, the 3rd-gen Lexus IS has actually been on sale ever since the year 2013 and has since then benefited from some few updates over time.

The tested model that we will be reviewing in this article is the Atomic Silver Lexus IS 350 with an all-wheel-drive system and the most expensive version in the current lineup. A base model, the IS 300 (which was formerly known to be 200t) has a starting price of under $40,000 (₦14.4 million). This tested model is however around $50,780 (₦18.3 million).

Rather than the 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 of the 300, the new IS 350 actually uses a Toyota’s tested and trusted 3.5L V6 engine cranking out 311HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. Even though that is much less than similar models from other brands such as the Mercedes-AMG C43 and BMW 340i, it is still a decent amount of grunt for such ride.

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 Some of the changes include accents on the rear and front bumpers, the 18-inch F Sport 5-spoke wheels, perforated leather, etc

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The new IS 350 actually uses a Toyota’s tested and trusted 3.5L V6 engine cranking out 311HP

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All the goodies of the just-released Lexus IS 350 are still pretty much available already in the Lexus IS 250

An interesting option on this car includes the F Sport package that costs $2,365 (₦851,400). Some of the changes in this option include some accents on the rear and front bumpers, the 18-inch F Sport 5-spoke wheels, perforated leather (steering wheel), digital instrument cluster, and some F Sport logos which are sprinkled throughout. There are other options too such as a $300 (₦108,000) adaptive lighting, upgraded infotainment and audio system that costs $2,845 (₦1.1 million), and a $150 (₦54,000) heated steering wheel.

2019 Lexus IS 350 – The Cons

  • The control (mouse-like) for the vehicle’s infotainment system is literally hidden way behind the gear selector which is not so familiar.
     
  • The slider/mouse/pointer is sort of too sensitive and would keep skipping over what one really wants to select.
     
  • When trying to rewind audio being played, the infotainment display changed completely to a different screen, presumably due to the mouse/pointer inadvertently moving in one direction or another all the time as one keeps clicking.
     
  • There was no visible way to change the pointer’s sensitivity except for just its feedback force which was obviously no help in that scenario.
     
  • When listening to an audiobook from maybe Audible app, the screen would show something else as playing or would even show nothing at all.
     
  • With no relation to whether or not one was playing an anything beforehand, each time a voice command was used in the car, an initially playing audiobook would still come on automatically and start playing.
     
  • The infotainment screen on this model seems far too tucked back that it is almost blocked by the protection around it. i.e. the hood over the instrument panel and the vents below the screen. In fact, for shorter drivers, it would be a more serious problem.

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The infotainment screen in the 2019 Lexus IS 350 seems too tucked back from easy reachability

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There was no visible way to change the pointer’s sensitivity except for just its feedback force which was obviously no help in that scenario

These were the major complaints relating to the infotainment system of this car. Some other complaints not relating to infotainment are as follows;

  • When one calls for the washer fluid, the wipers aren’t automatically swiping as they should. Rather it only squirts fluid onto the vehicle’s windshield and that was it.
     
  • Changing the settings for the temperature using the touch-sensitive slider provided can be annoying, especially when one has to swipe it many times just to get the desired temperature.
     
  • The suspension seems not to be too impressive at all as it can get really squishy and squishy or make a huge drama when one hits potholes.
     
  • The new car lacks a practical place where one could keep mobile phone and still have it handy for purposes like using it as the preferred navigation over the vehicle’s standard infotainment system.

But even with all that said, all the auto testers claim that the vehicle is undoubtedly really fun to ride.

2019 Lexus IS 350 – The Pros

  • This model has phenomenal seats. Lexus seems to have put more effort into moulding the seats of this car to fit well. Although, the tested seat was the sport seats of the F Sport package which seems to strike a nice balance between sportiness and comfortability.

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The steering wheel is said to be quick and really provides one with a good bit of feedback

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Most testers claim that the seats of the new Lexus IS 350 are just phenomenal and comfy

  • The seat provides enough bolstering to keep anyone without some feeling of claustrophobic whatsoever.
     
  • The featured faux leather looks and feels great. Apart from the infotainment system, the rest of the interior is said to be great. It gives the feeling of being premium as well as distinctly Japanese compared to some German knockoffs like some of the Cadillac products.

2019 Lexus IS 350 – The powertrain

The naturally aspirated V6 engines are really cool and it gets better with an all-wheel-drive system and makes the car hit 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. Although the variants with a rear-wheel-drive system seem to be quicker, this might not be too surprising because it weighs less.

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Powerful 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 engine that gives the new 2019 Lexus IS 350 a nice 311HP

The new IS 350 comes with a decent amount of torque and the featured engine pulls really hard towards the redline. It is of no doubt that Toyota and Lexus do know how to make really great V6 engines. The steering wheel is said to be quick and really provides one with a good bit of feedback even though it still lags behind some of its competitors. The overall ride is noticed to be on the “firm”/ “rigid” side but it's hard to judge this because only the F Sport package was tested for this review.

  2019 Lexus IS 350 Review

When all these are put together some of the auto testers and automobile experts do not yet recommend the 2019 Lexus IS 350 to buyers but if you are looking into getting yourself a Lexus car, the predecessor Lexus IS 250 is very much available on the Nigerian auto market.

Keep in mind that so far, all the goodies of the just-released Lexus IS 350 are still pretty much available already in the Lexus IS 250.

So, we believe that currently, it might be a smart choice for anyone to even leverage good deals on the Tokunbo or Used versions of the Lexus IS 250 from any Nigerian auto dealer or online car trading platform.

Below we have collected a well-prepared price list of Tokunbo and Nigerian used Lexus IS 250 for you;

Lexus IS 250 price in Nigeria

  Nigerian used Lexus is 250 price in Nigeria
Nigerian used 2006 Lexus is 250 price in Nigeria  ₦1,450,000 - ₦2,400,000 
Nigerian used 2007 Lexus is 250 price in Nigeria  ₦1,700,000 - ₦3,000,000 
Nigerian used 2008 Lexus is 250 price in Nigeria   ₦2,200,000 - ₦3,300,000 
Nigerian used 2009 Lexus is 250 price in Nigeria   ₦2,250,000- ₦3,400,000 
Nigerian used 2010 Lexus is 250 price in Nigeria    ₦2,350,000 - ₦3,500,000

Tokunbo lexus is 250 price in nigeria   
Tokunbo 2006 lexus is 250 price in nigeria    ₦2,050,000 - ₦ 3,000,000
Tokunbo 2007 lexus is 250 price in nigeria    ₦2,000,000 - ₦4,000,000
Tokunbo 2008 lexus is 250 price in nigeria   ₦2,500,000 - ₦4,800,000 
Tokunbo 2009 lexus is 250 price in nigeria   ₦3,250,000 - ₦5,000,000 
Tokunbo 2010 lexus is 250 price in nigeria    ₦3,250,000 - ₦5,000,000
Tokunbo 2011 lexus is 250 price in nigeria    ₦4,350,000 - ₦6,000,000
Tokunbo 2015 lexus is 250 price in nigeria    ₦3,800,000 - ₦12,500,000

Maybe very soon, the current problems of this new 2019 Lexus IS 350 will be fixed and the car will start entering the Nigerian auto market, but till then you can enjoy your Lexus IS 250 😊.

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