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2021 Lexus IS Gets Sporty Redesign, Handling Upgrades

  • The 2021 Lexus IS gets an eye-catching redesign and chassis upgrades on both F Sport and non–F Sport models.
  • With the optional 10.3-inch infotainment screen, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability now come in the sedan, and both rear- and all-wheel-drive models are offered.
  • The IS300 and IS350 should reach dealers by late this fall.

    It’s not easy to stand out in the ultra-competitive compact luxury-sports-sedan segment: automakers throughout three continents are all constantly vying for a limited group of international buyers. With few major updates to the Lexus IS since 2013, the luxury division of Toyota is throwing its hat back into the ring with the 2021 IS.

    The new IS makes its presence known with a sleek, updated appearance that bolsters the sedan’s sporty aspirations. The standard IS, the IS300, gets a bigger, more imposing grille complemented by sharply angled, aggressive headlights. F Sport models get a

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    2021 Lexus IS debuts, claiming better handling, more driver enjoyment

    The reveals keep on coming today. Lexus just took the wraps off the 2021 Lexus IS sport sedan, the fourth generation of its small, sporty four-door. It may not look all that different on the outside, but Lexus is making heady claims that the driving experience is going to be the real head turner.

    We’ll start with the looks, though. Lexus has only revealed the 2021 IS in F Sport trim, which is the most aggressive of all the models. The spindle grille again sits proudly in front. (Apparently, even non F Sport models have mini spindles within the grille design, so we hope you like spindles.) You’ll also see a new air intake below that grille. It’s meant to direct air to the brakes and assist in cooling. The slimmer headlights with a new LED pattern look sharp. Along the side, Lexus has implemented new rocker panels that

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