STL Now: Ahead of the Curve
The new 2011 Lexus IS 350 steers the standard for the luxury performance vehicle.
There was a time when luxury and performance were an either-or proposition for car buyers. Either you were buttoned up in comfort and style, or stripped down for acceleration and agility. Lexus has long been a pioneer in bringing these two schools of thought together, and with the new 2011 Lexus IS 350, available at Plaza Lexus in Creve Coeur, the automaker has definitively proven that its possible to have the best of both worlds in one package. Want the latest in creature comforts? Sink into the IS 350s leather interior with heated 10-way seats up front and 13-speaker sound system. Crave power and handling? The IS 350 features a 305 hp. V6 engine and all-wheel drive technology to hug the road. Interested? Then head to the only place in St. Louis where your car-buying and service experience is truly ahead of the curvePlaza Lexus (877.475.8135, plazalexus.com). Over the past five years, this “Elite of Lexus” award-winning dealership has become the place to buy a new or pre-owned Lexus. Stop by, enjoy their complimentary Saturday brunch, and see how the folks at Plaza can help get you into the best of both worlds
Exterior: The standard 17-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels look sharp and boost performance. You can opt for an 18-inch version, too.
Security: The SmartAccess, sensors detect your key and unlocks the car as soon as you touch the handle.
Engine: The 3.5 liter aluminumblock V6 produces 306 hp, more than enough power for any situation.
Parking: With the Intuitive Parking Assist feature, two ultrasonic sensors up front and four in the rear of the car let you know how close you are to other objects.
Safety: Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) gets all of the braking, traction and steering systems working together to keep the wheels on the road where they belong.
Interior: The dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, smog sensor and automatic recirculation mode keeps you breathing easy.
Sound: The Lexus 13-speaker Premium Sound System helps keep the outside world at bay.
Comfort: Relax while you drive with the standard heated, 10-way drivers and front passengers power seats.
Transmission: Full-time all-wheel drive is available for maximum traction.
The 2011 Lexus IS 350
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Ross Media, Inc.