Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Lexus IS 350, Part 3

Why you should buy this car: It s faster than a BMW 330i and looks sharp enough to draw blood.

Why you shouldn t buy this car: Driving a 300-horse sports sedan without adequate chassis control or progressive brake feel is like dating a bulimic supermodel.

Suitability Parameters
· Speed Merchants: Yes
· Fashion Victims: Yes
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: Yes
· Hairdressers: Yes
· Penny Pinchers: No
· Euro Snobs: Yes
· Working Stiffs: No
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: Yes
· Soccer Moms: No
· Nascar Dads: No
· Golfing Grandparents: No

Vitals
· Manufacturer: Lexus
· Model tested: IS 350
· Model year: 06
· Price as Tested: $35,440
· Engine type: 3.5-liter V6 DOHC 24 valve, VVT-i
· Horsepower: 306hp @ 6400 rpm
· Torque: 277 ft.-lbs. @ 4800 rpm
· Redline: 6600 rpm
· Wheels and Tires: 17 X 8 aluminum alloys, [optional] Michelin Pilot Sport 225/40YR18 (front) 255/40YR18 (rear)
· Drive type: rear wheel drive
· 0 - 60: 5.3 secs.
· 1/4 mile: 14.2 secs.
· Top speed: 142mph
· Fuel economy city/highway: 21/28
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: NR

[by Robert Farago]

Related:
Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Lexus IS 350, Part 1; Part 2 [internal]