The Good The 2006 Lexus IS 350 features excellent cabin technology, including a crisp navigation screen and a top-notch audio system. Its performance doesn't disappoint, either, with an automatic transmission that hits the right gear at the right time.
The Bad We have a few minor criticisms of the IS 350: its voice-command system doesn't offer a full range of car control; we had to dig down to display song and album information; and phone address-book entries can be copied over only one at a time.
The Bottom Line The 2006 Lexus IS 350 uses the highest-quality cabin electronics, and its strong engine and good handling make it a lot of fun to drive. At its relatively low price, it is one of the best values in a luxury sport car we've seen.
2006 Lexus IS 350
Lexus makes a sedan feel like a luxury sport coupe with the IS 350, a perfect car in almost every way that comes in at a price making it the best luxury value available. This car sits below the GS and the LS series in Lexus's model lineup, yet the only thing it gives up is size and a little performance. It has a full range of well-implemented cabin tech, an amazing driving experience, and sharp styling.
With our tech-centered review, one of the first things that stood out was the pleasant graphic design of the navigation and telephone keypad displays on the central touch-screen LCD. The navigation system comes in a package with a premium Mark Levinson sound system, which is one of the best we've ever heard. Cabin materials and switch gear, with quality fit and finish, enhanced the luxury feeling. Power tilt steering wheel and a power rear sunshade round out the interior luxury tech.
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