Car Review: The 2013 Lexus IS F handles and drives just right

With better steering and handling in 2013, the Lexus IS F fits in well in the luxury sports sedan market. Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, November 14, 2013 — The 2013 Lexus IS F sits at the top of the luxury sports sedan market and only saw minor changes this year in interior as well as a retuned suspension.  You can hear this Lexus coming too with the 416 horsepower under the hood and a ferocious purr as well.

The 2013 Lexus IS F has knobs and controls in all the right places.

The 2013 Lexus IS F has knobs and controls in all the right places.

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Competition includes the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG and the Cadillac CTS-V.

The trim on the 2013 Lexus IS F is the Lexus sedan based on the regular IS and it is offered in just one trim level.

You get 19-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, sport-tuned suspension, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, sunroof, keyless ignition an entry, auto-dimming mirrors, power heated leather front seats with memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and 13 speakers with satellite radio, iPod integration and an audio jack.

There is also a two-tone interior color scheme in red or white and black.

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On the navigation system there is a seven-inch display and back-up camera if you opt for it as well as Bluetooth phonebook capabilities and the Lexus Enform 2.0 smartphone app integration.

If you purchase the navigation system you can also add to the package a 14-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system and you get front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.

Under the hood the 2013 Lexus IS F has a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 416 horsepower and 371 pound-feet of torque. Only the eight-speed automatic with a manual mode and shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel is available.

For safety expect antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side, front knee and full-length side curtain airbags. There is a one-year complimentary subscription to Safety Connect with collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery and an “SOS” emergency help button.  The pre-collision system is available with the adaptive radar cruise control and with this addition it lets the driver know of an impending collision and adjusts the seatbelt and braking.

The controls and knobs are placed perfectly in this vehicle and overall the ride is very quiet and luxurious.  The head and legroom is a bit tight for taller folks and the trunk comes in at only able to hold about 13.3 cubic feet of luggage, doable but not exceptional.

Since this is a sporty ride the seats have extra side cushioning and what are called Alcantara inserts along with a good amount of lateral support in the bucket seats.  There are also subtle touches like aluminum trim and blue ambient lighting.

When driving the 2013 Lexus IS F you will find there is more play than in years past, better steering and handling and good suspension keeps the ride firm, but comfortable.   

Should You Need to Know: The IS F’s back seat accommodates only two passengers versus the standard three on many vehicles in this category.

Miles Per Gallon: On the 2013 9550C IS F I drove it came in with 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: The 2013 9550C IS F has a price tag of 64,909.

Rita Cook  is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press  is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.







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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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