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2021 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Review

Every once in a while there is a car that just takes your breath away. That is the 2021 Lexus IS model. For years this luxury sedan has reigned as a sporty alternative to the ever beloved Lexus ES. 

There are drivers who dare to juxtapose the luxury and horsepower behind the IS line. They will value the transition to this luxury sedan. The 2021 Lexus IS, specifically F-Sport model, demonstrates that keen attention to detail definitely pays off. This luxury car is back on our radar and consumers will soon know why. 

Find out the features that make the refreshed 2021 Lexus IS F-Sport a standout competitor in the luxury car class. 

Price of the 2021 Lexus IS350

The 2021 Lexus IS350 F-Sport starts at a MSRP of $42,900. This places the IS as an entry-level luxury sedan in today’s automotive market. That’s comparable to a Mercedes C class. The price point can quickly jump with added accessories. Its overall improved design and Toyota engineering make the IS350 F-Sport an impressive ride for the price. 

Performance specs to consider

The F-Sport gives auto enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a luxury sedan with enough engine power to create a fun ride. With up to 311 Horsepower and a V6 engine, this car means business. 

The IS350 F-Sport includes eight speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. Plus, it has 19-inch wheels. It also boosts itself as a Certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) with 20 city/28 highway fuel economy. 

An improved body style and reduction in weight allowed for better dynamic handling and refined steering this year. With up to 60MPH in 5.6 seconds, the need for speed is attainable at any point in time, but its overall performance lags a bit behind comparable models in the automotive industry.

Triple beam headlight action 

The new Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps are standard in the redesigned F-Sport model. The inclusion of these high-powered headlights was a strategic choice, offering some of the best nighttime illusion and adaptive beam driving on the road. The daytime running lights also give the IS a striking, creatively-designed exterior appearance.

Linear tail light design on the Lexus IS350

New to the 2021 Lexus IS is a singular tail light design that whisks beautifully across the rear. Its linear shape ramps up the sportier feel the IS was lacking in previous generations. The new tail lamp design complements the front-end with its angular sculpting, making the lights appear seamlessly into the design of the car rather than a more traditional headlight and tail light manufacture. 

An interior amped with drama 

Lexus has never denied consumers of quality luxury, but the 2021 IS has definitely made a statement. Thanks to the accent stitching, heated and ventilated front seats, shift knob and steering wear in hand-stitched leather, and updated touchscreen features, the IS350 F-Sport transcends its drivers into automotive nirvana.  

With a range of beautifully crafted interior colors, from sleek black to the boldest option, Circuit Red, it’s hard not to love the dramatized feel of the IS interior. I mean just take a look — it’s a beauty!

Worthy tech upgrades

The 2021 IS now features new car tech such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and standard 8.0 infotainment touchscreen with available 10.3 upgrade. Improved safety tech has also led to better emergency braking and pedestrian detection, with blind spot monitoring now standard in every IS model. 

Take a closer look 

If you’re dying to know what the IS350 F-Sport looks like in person but not ready to hit the dealership, then take a closer look at this detailed review of the revamped 2021 model. See major features from the available 10.3 infotainment system to the racer-esque details that make driving the IS model a dream for sports fanatics. 

Consider the Lexus IS350 for your luxury car indulgence

When you think of a luxury car, the Lexus IS might not be your first choice. In recent years, sales have fallen due to a highly competitive industry, with many automakers stepping up the standard of luxury in every release. With its recent refresh, improved handling, and technological upgrades, it’s fair time this sporty contender got the notoriety it deserves again. 

The IS350 F-Sport is catching up to its competitors in due time and would still be considered a worthy buy in 2021. 

Find your local dealership to test drive the IS350 F-Sport today.

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Michaella Malone
Hello! My name is Michaella Malone. I am a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in English. I am a freelance writer with varied experience in ghostwriting, blogging, and resume building. I have additional knowledge in creating content for ESL curriculums.

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    3 Comments

    1. Beautifully tiny car. I am loving the tail light especially!

    2. The F sport is an impressive vehicle, and it worth taking it out for a test drive to see if you like it.

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