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2019 Lexus IS 350 is behind the times

Lexus' compact sport sedan is one of the oldest designs in its segment and it's showing its age.

Manuel Carrillo III
A Porsche 911 S brought Manuel Carrillo III home from the hospital after he was born, so it's no surprise his lifelong trajectory has centered on cars, leading him to a robust career creating rich automotive media for publications prior to joining CNET.

The Southern California native briefly lived in Sydney, and is proud to have developed a barely passable Aussie accent. He also serves on the board of directors of the Motor Press Guild. When not reviewing cars or nerding out on OEM premium audio, you can find manual-labor-averse Manuel doing his best to convince his closest friends to fix the very Porsche that delivered him home.
Manuel Carrillo III
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The third-generation Lexus IS has been out since 2013 and hasn't really changed much since then.

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Most of its competition is markedly more modern.

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Base prices for the IS span between $38,310 and $45,125 plus $1,025 for destination.

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As tested, my IS 350 comes out to $48,444 including the destination charge.

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Under the IS 350's hood beats a 3.5-liter V6 engine good for 311 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque that's sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. 

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There's plenty of room to stretch out despite how enveloping the cockpit is.

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Trunk space, however, is rather small at just 10.8 cubic feet.

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The lack of flow between the headlights and LED DRLs looks like two different car designs competing for the same crop of fascia. It's jarring.

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The distinctive rear end is arguably much better-designed than the awkward front end.

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