Assignment Now!: Lexus 2014 IS 350 F, 2-DR Conv.
By Stan Washington | 6/23/2014, 12:55 p.m.
There are those who buy a car for the numbers (i.e. low mileage, monthly payments). And then there are those who buy a car for the experience of driving. And still, there are those who look to buy a vehicle for both reasons.
The 2014 Lexus IS 350 F, two-door convertible is vehicle that says let’s not waste gas running around town doing simple errands, but let’s go have some fun. Let’s go to a party or a weekend getaway. Let’s open up coupe with its 3.5 liter DOHC, 24 value, V-G and let these 306 horses run.
I’ve never been a big fan of the soft top convertible, although some of later models can look quite fun and sexy. I prefer this model’s hard top version that takes 20 seconds to disappear completely out sight.
Unfortunately, as a member of Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) we don’t have the luxury of testing our vehicles on a closed race track. But neither will most of you. We test our vehicles on the same roads and highways that you drive. We do have our favorite streets and highways which allow us to test a vehicle’s handling and maneuverability.
When I pushed the Lexus IS 350 on the hilly curvy road that I’m familiar with, it responded with: “Is that all you got?” It dove into the sharp curves and accelerated out of them with ease. There was never an issue of accelerating on to the interstates or once on passing trucks or other slow drivers.
There are some who may argue that a vehicle with an automatic transmission can’t really be considered a sports coupe, but you will feel sporty in this convertible.
The six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is smooth and practically unnoticeable. The model also comes with panel shifters and push button ignition with 277 lb-feet of torque
The model, I tested included the F Sport package with 18 inch summer tires, F Sport Suspension, aluminum sport pedals and scuff plates, F Sport dark graphite 18’ alloys, front lip spoiler, sport Grille, sport steering, heated and ventilated front seats, which keep you in place as you negotiate those sharp curves. The F model had double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. How could you not feel like a sports driver in this convertible.
You are not buying this vehicle because it gets great fuel mileage. You are buying it because of how it makes you feel. The EPA rating gives it a combined rating of 22 mpg, with a 19 city and 27 highway average.
The F model comes with a back-up camera, but I was surprised there was no lane warning system. The Sirrus/XM satellite HD radio is available with the navigation system. Plugging in your cell phone or your iPod through Bluetooth is a breeze.
Also included with the luxury package is the Intuitive Parking assist with front and rear sensors and automatic dual climate control. There are quite more features that can be had with the vehicle.