Automakers mimic each other. It’s one of the reasons for the character-sapping convergence among modern cars that we often lament. Take, for example, the entry-luxury sports-sedan segment, where nearly every automaker has fully turbocharged engine lineups and complicated electronic adjustments for practically every vehicle parameter from the suspension to the transmission. And then there’s the Lexus IS350 F Sport.

It, too, has an adaptive suspension and adjustable driving modes, but the steering, suspension, and powertrain cannot be individually adjusted as in the BMW 3-series or the Audi A4. You get four choices, including one good default Normal setting. The V-6–powered IS350 F Sport isn’t turbocharged like BMW’s 340i or Audi’s S4. And at $50,154 fully loaded, this range-topping, sportiest IS maxes out at approximately where pricing for the six-cylinder 3-series starts.

Careful tuning lends the IS350 F Sport impressive range, from quiet and smooth and, well, Lexus-like, to quick-witted and screwed down. Yet it doesn’t feel like different cars at each extreme. This used to be the hallmark of BMW’s sedans, which could change demeanor from junior-executive commuters to back-road ballerinas as the driver’s mood dictated. Today, the 3-series is bipolar, ranging from the too-soft Comfort driving mode to an overly stiff ride and hair-trigger throttle in Sport Plus.

Overall these a great daily cars to take out and have fun in while still keeping all the great luxuries of a grand tourer car. Be sure to check these out when looking for a car and be sure to contact us for any ceramic coating or detailing needs!

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