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robg 09-10-2021 07:40 PM

IS500 reviews are starting to come out
 
I have no good excuse for why I wouldn't buy this car; in many ways its everything I want in a 4 door car....but I probably won't. Although the styling is kinda fussy I think I prefer it to anything the big 3 Germans are doing currently. It's kind of a Dodge Charger but well built.

TL;DR
-Starts in the low 60s (340 competitor not M3)
-Looks bad on paper compared to German competition; purely an "emotional" choice.
-Great sound; driftability
-Good ride/handling balance; not too soft or stiff (comes std w/ adaptive dampers as well)
-Old lexus infotainment system but atleast it now has a carplay and a touchscreen ( so you dont have to rely on the terrible trackpad thing)
-Transmission is a mixed bag; needs to be left in sport or sport plus to shift crisply. In manual mode can feel jerky.

Here's a pretty detailed one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3b8gwp8fQI&t=9s

Jeff_DML 09-10-2021 07:54 PM

Put the video on my queue and glanced over the autoblog review. V8 seems nice but soft sounding with no stick doesn't interest me much. Probably rather spend the extra money and get the blackwing since V8 and stick.

Theo 09-10-2021 08:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Jeff_DML (Post 576634)
Put the video on my queue and glanced over the autoblog review. V8 seems nice but soft sounding with no stick doesn't interest me much. Probably rather spend the extra money and get the blackwing since V8 and stick.

Almost two IS500’s if loaded up.

I mean I want to like it also but after almost 12y with a big 4door I’m on a smaller car swing and oh yeah, as Jeff says, there is the manual thing.

robg 09-11-2021 05:20 PM

IS500 reviews are starting to come out
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Theo (Post 576635)
Almost two IS500ís if loaded up.

I mean I want to like it also but after almost 12y with a big 4door Iím on a smaller car swing and oh yeah, as Jeff says, there is the manual thing.



Yep. I think the appeal of this car is as a relaxing yet fun daily driver. Iím kind of over wanting a stick in my everyday car. You could enjoy the v8 sound at any speed or road condition. Being a Lexus, it should also be pretty trouble free/ something you donít have to worry about. My only objection is that ideally I want my daily driver to have a hatch of some type. But still itís very tempting. I certainly canít see choosing a regular 3 series or a4 over this


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lemming 09-11-2021 05:46 PM

I agree. A manual is a luxury but a potential pain in the ass for commuting that most of us do.

JST 09-11-2021 07:34 PM

The review I read suggests that the engine likes to rev, which is sort of a weird fit for a car like that.

Iím happy it exists and I can see the appeal, in a wow thatís goofy kind of way. And Iím glad for any power train that isnít a 2 liter turbo four. But thereís never really been a Lexus that appeals to me, and this doesnít change that.

Jeff_DML 09-11-2021 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by lemming (Post 576658)
I agree. A manual is a luxury but a potential pain in the ass for commuting that most of us do.

I just drove from Orange County to San Diego with a stick so donít bring it up:lol:

lemming 09-12-2021 12:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Jeff_DML (Post 576662)
I just drove from Orange County to San Diego with a stick so donít bring it up:lol:

It can be miserable, that drive.

Terry Kennedy 09-12-2021 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeff_DML (Post 576662)
I just drove from Orange County to San Diego with a stick so donít bring it up:lol:

I can top that - 405 during rush hour in an Atom with a clutch that didn't work. :ack:

Theo 09-13-2021 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeff_DML (Post 576662)
I just drove from Orange County to San Diego with a stick so don’t bring it up:lol:

The opposite for me on the 101 from Marin To San Diego. Soooo cool.

At least part way.

JST 09-14-2021 08:07 PM

Behold! The worst car review you'll read this week:

https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/1437877626803216386

robg 09-14-2021 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JST (Post 576817)
Behold! The worst car review you'll read this week:

https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/1437877626803216386

Ha! Been a while since i've read newsweek- didn't realize they did car reviews now.

A few reviews have called out the lazy transmission and outdated interior/electronics as well. Didn't understand this sentence:
"Even in the sportiest drive mode, making the oomph of power as G-forces are exerted on your body a mundane event. In this way, it's much like an electric vehicle, which doesn't use a transmission, but rather delivers straight power."

That's kind of a backhanded compliment to say that it delivers power like an EV...

Anyway, I suspect this is a car that I'd probably struggle to actually pull the trigger one due to some of its shortcomings. Would make a great used car though. Will be next to impossible to find since i"m sure they'll probably only sell like 10 of them.

JST 09-14-2021 10:11 PM

DeMuro does a review. It's...long.



Holy crap, this car has been around since 2012?

At least it has a spare tire.

Theo 09-14-2021 11:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JST (Post 576827)
DeMuro does a review. It's...long.



Holy crap, this car has been around since 2012?

At least it has a spare tire.

Savagegeese and Motoman have good ones to.

robg 09-14-2021 11:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JST (Post 576827)
DeMuro does a review. It's...long.







Holy crap, this car has been around since 2012?



At least it has a spare tire.



Just watched his review - a bit short on facts compared to the other one. For example
-the car actually does have a touch screen now
-he says pricing isnít available when other reviews have already mentioned the trim levels and pricing

But yeah it is basically the same car from 2012 although they did a big facelift last year



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robg 09-14-2021 11:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Theo (Post 576832)
Savagegeese and Motoman have good ones to.



The savage geese one is my favorite ; lots of details but also entertaining. He mentions that this car was a request from lexus NA for example


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