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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.

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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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