05/24/2013—Lexus loves a good vehicle-to-vehicle showdown—especially when it’s time to test a new Lexus model against its competitors.
This time around, the car is the 2014 Lexus IS F SPORT, which arrives in dealerships later this summer. The independent judge: Car and Driver magazine, which gathered the 2014 Lexus IS 350 F SPORT, the BMW 335i, and the Cadillac ATS 3.6 in the hills north of San Antonio for a good old Texas showdown. The magazine summarized its comparison in the June/2013 issue.
For this comparison, drivers evaluated the vehicles via controlled tests and real-world driving, then awarded points in more than 20 categories, from “Steering Feel” and “Ride” to “Fit and Finish” and “Fun to Drive.”
The Grand Total winner: the 2014 Lexus IS 350 F SPORT. Here’s why, according to Car and Driver.
General remarks: “...the crowning of a Lexus as the high priest of the sports-sedan world is something few saw coming—until we dove into the twisting, climbing, kinking, plunging roads around Leaky, Texas.”
Handling: “Turn-in is crisper in the Lexus than in either the BMW or the Cadillac, a fact borne out by its first-place slalom finish...”
Ride: “...the Lexus is utterly imperturbable. Bumps that send other cars skittering off-line or scrambling to maintain their course are absorbed and dispatched, but not kept completely hidden from the driver.”
Comfort: “Additionally, the Lexus is lavishly, indulgently comfortable. Its front seats are an ergonomic feat, perfectly cupped and padded with no tangible break between back and bottom cushions, just one immaculate sweep of support from shoulders to thighs. Our drivers, trapped within a wide array of body types, unanimously swooned.”
Read the whole review in the June issue of Car and Driver—then stay close to your dealer to set up your own IS 350 F SPORT test drive in the coming months.
—BRIAN GILL, MANAGING EDITOR
 Source: Car and Driver (June 2013), in ranking the Lexus IS 350 F SPORT higher than the BMW 335i M SPORT and the Cadillac ATS 3.6 (pages 46 to 53).