2014 Lexus IS
Lexus designers took a razor to the IS, making sure no part of the front or rear was without diagonal slashes, vents, and creases. In person, it’s quite well done and should see this compact luxury sedan better compete with the latest BMW 3-Series. The interior echoes the bold edges and silver contrasts of the larger GS, but we’re bummed a manual transmission won’t be available. Many buyers will be just ﬁne with the 8-speed automatic on the IS 350 or the hybrid powertrain on the new IS 300h. More safety technology, such as auto high beams and cross-trafﬁc alerts when backing up, are available. Expect to see one when June nears.