2023 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Premium - There is nothing like a V8.
There is no mistaking the rumble and burble of a V8, and there is nothing like the scream of a DOHC V8 as it races to its redline. These are some of the things that keep an old man young at heart.
I've been critical of Lexus in the past for their touch pad control. Well it seems like they heard me, or more likely they heard from their customers. Although the dreaded touch pad is still there I never once had to use it to control anything. Sound system? Two dials provide volume and station selection. The only control I had trouble with was the temperature "slide" controls. I tried to adjust the temperature while driving and every bump or pothole moved my finger. I had to wait for a relatively smooth section of road (a rarity) to set it correctly.
|The temperature controls are touch slides that work okay - when you're sitting still!|
But let's get back to the engine. In the bigger scheme of things it is not all that powerful. Some domestic makers have V8s that put out over 800 hp; the Lexus 5.0 V8 tops out at 472 hp, and 395 lb-ft of torque. That is good enough for 0-60 in 4.3 seconds, a 1/4 mile in 12.8 seconds, and a top speed of 149 mph. And no I didn't try to duplicate those figures, I just got into it enough to enjoy the sound now and then.
The transmission is an 8-speed automatic. There were different settings from Eco and two Sport (ultimate Sport?). I usually left it in Eco but now and then I selected the ultimate Sport just to let the teenager in me have some fun. Thankfully the adult in me didn't let the kid do anything really stupid.
I'm not a big fan of the nose of most Lexus models. The rest of the car is okay but I think it is getting near the end of its life. Although there have been styling updates this IS generation has been around for almost ten years.
I found the front seats comfortable and the driving position was good. The rears seats were a little short on legroom if the fronts were all the way back.
|The driver's seat is all the way back.|