IS Owner Blog

Lexus IS Owner Blog: An Interview with My Wife

Lexus IS Karissa Blog

I recently interviewed my wife Karissa to see what she thinks of our Lexus IS 300. She opted to handwrite her responses.

What do you like most about the IS?

Lexus IS Interview 1

What’s your favorite feature?

Lexus IS Interview 2

What’s the one thing that’s missing?

Lexus IS Interview Karissa 3

What do you think about the Atomic Silver/Black color combo?

Lexus IS Interview

How has the IS worked for our family?

Lexus IS Interview 5

This IS 300 AWD was made possible by the folks at OpenRoad Lexus Richmond, the premier Lexus dealership in British Columbia and a proud sponsor of Lexus Enthusiast.

Comments
A big congratulations! I love the color. Why doesn't North America get the triple LED headlights? Enjoy your IS and happy driving...
Really honest congratulations
Farewell to the car that gave all globe Lexus fans a great website
Long live the car that will continue this website to new level
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  • October 23, 2017
Congratulations Kevin! I think you made a great choice ... because more than I ever thought I would ... I absolutely love my IS 300 AWD too! It is a perfect balance of luxury and sport. Even my friends who normally don't notice cars are "wowed" by it!
L
Congrats on the new car! An excellent choice, and I just love that colour.
Congrats ! Atomic silver/black would be my choice too.
W
Congrats! Got my 2015 IS350 F Sport in the same colour combination and the novelty never wears off, instead it gets even better over time. Happy mileage :)
Congrats Kevin! Atomic Silver is one of the best colors available :cool:
Congrats, Kevin! Having just looked it up on the configurator, I'm on your side regarding the classic luxury look of the Flaxen interior, but you can't fight the wife *and* the dealership :D
Ian Schmidt
Congrats, Kevin! Having just looked it up on the configurator, I'm on your side regarding the classic luxury look of the Flaxen interior, but you can't fight the wife *and* the dealership :D
I second this. Congrats on the new ride!
Congrats !
Any Lexus is in Atomic silver/black looks always good ! It's the 'house color'.
I wonder how you will experience this IS compared to the CT, I'll follow your blog :no_mouth:
ThePenguin
Congrats Kevin! Atomic Silver is one of the best colors available :cool:
“One of”? IMO atomic silver is THE BEST COLOR EVER!
GSCT
“One of”? IMO atomic silver is THE BEST COLOR EVER!
I love Atomic Silver, but my personal GOAT is Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0. It's F-Sport only on the IS though.
Y
Nice car. But in the F-Sports defense, the IS f-sport is nothing like the CT f-sports slightly go-cartlike feel. It is definitely a lot more sophisticated in terms of the firmness of the ride IMO.
Yngve Disington
Nice car. But in the F-Sports defense, the IS f-sport is nothing like the CT f-sports slightly go-cartlike feel. It is definitely a lot more sophisticated in terms of the firmness of the ride IMO.
Definitely agree that the IS F SPORT is miles ahead of the CT F SPORT in refinement, but I wanted as compliant a ride as possible.

The other thing I left out of my decision to get the standard IS -- I actually prefer the design over the F SPORT. :sweat:
Congratulations. :) I concur wth the positive comments on the Atomic Silver.


Also agree with your comment on as compliant a ride as possible, by IS standards. Few things in the automotive world, IMO, are as annoying as getting pounded over bumps.....which is becoming chronic with today's obsession with big wheels and rubber-band tires.
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  • February 2, 2018
Amazing!

I have the same, but IS300H MY2017 in Sonic Titanium (European name for Atomic Silver) with all package.
Before I had the both an IS250 and after the first series of IS300H

Just a question: how do you feel going back to petrol engine from an hybrid?

What’s your opinion about the worldwide movement towards electric, hybrids, and the idea of Lexus to move to all full electric and hybrids by the 2020/2025?
Congratulations Kevin. Atomic silver is the best color. It brings out line/angle design compare to other colors.
E
I really love Lexus but I won't buy another one until they update the infotainment system... It's really inconvenient and more of a distraction than it's worth. I keep an Android tablet in my IS for that reason.
The infotainment system is updated all the time - how old is your IS? The version in the new LS500 is substantially improved from even 3 years ago.
E
It's a 15. But.... In comparison to others in the market the current Enform platform seems behind honestly. In it's feel and offerings.
The 2015 version was not great. The new one in e.g. the LS500 is quite a bit more modern looking. The default map view is a nice 3D projection, and the frame rate on updates is much faster. Operating the audio is also a lot nicer on the new system. There's a handy drop-down menu of sources, and changing inputs and SXM channels goes faster too. I just wish it was a touch screen.
E
I know right! What is the deal with that. It's a hassle some times to use it. That has change. The crazy party is that I drove a 13 convertible that had touch screen... Why not give them all touch... Do frustrating sometimes.
What's frustrating is that Lexus had standardized on a touch screen waaaay back in the early 2000s, but it was a crappy slow-responding touch screen (as a lot of them were pre-iPhone) so they started trying out all the weird controllers around 2007 or so. If they'd stayed with the touch screen and sourced a better one I think everyone would have a lot fewer complaints.
E
Agreed. There is no sense in fighting the current. Everyone is looking for a Android or apple like platform that integrates well with personal and home days devices seamlessly. I love Lexus but not until they change this will a purchase another one...
Ian Schmidt
What's frustrating is that Lexus had standardized on a touch screen waaaay back in the early 2000s, but it was a crappy slow-responding touch screen (as a lot of them were pre-iPhone) so they started trying out all the weird controllers around 2007 or so. If they'd stayed with the touch screen and sourced a better one I think everyone would have a lot fewer complaints.
Man, those old touchscreens were something else -- brutal in the delay between action and reaction.

Eddie Clark
Agreed. There is no sense in fighting the current. Everyone is looking for a Android or apple like platform that integrates well with personal and home days devices seamlessly. I love Lexus but not until they change this will a purchase another one...
Starting with the new ES, Lexus will start rolling out Apple CarPlay to all its models -- might take a while for it to reach the IS, but it's coming.
krew
Man, those old touchscreens were something else -- brutal in the delay between action and reaction.
Yeah. And at the time that was more or less how you expected touch screens to work. I had a Windows CE phone around that time with a stylus-only touch screen and the response time was equally brutal. So the iPhone and Android and the Palm Pre were a revelation.
krew
Man, those old touchscreens were something else -- brutal in the delay between action and reaction.



Starting with the new ES, Lexus will start rolling out Apple CarPlay to all its models -- might take a while for it to reach the IS, but it's coming.
So you think 2019 model of Lexus LS500 will be equipped with Apple Carplay ?
ILoveLexus
So you think 2019 model of Lexus LS500 will be equipped with Apple Carplay ?
A little off-topic, but I think the 2019 LS has to include CarPlay. Have no confirmation, mind you.
C
Car play will be on the 19 ES, UX, RC, NX, LS and LC. We will start seeing them in September or October

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