I’m not much younger than you. I haven’t driven the IS. It has on paper what I want:My 2 cents: I looked at both the Lexus IS 300 and ES 350. IS was too cramped for me. It is also a younger person's car (I'm a 60 year old).
Same here. I stopped by Lexus dealership with my wife to check out IS and was surprised just how tight and compact it is. We didn't even bother getting into to one to sit and test the comfort as I knew right away this is not going to work for me. We moved onto ES - now, that's a car I'd consider, esp. in 350 F Sport. However, I am not impressed with central console and I find placement of CD (who still uses CDs in 2020?) very inconvenient, such an odd placement. IS has a much better center console.I was considering the Lexus IS350, however like many Toyota or Lexus models they are far behind in technology, they design a model and keep it with modest changes like forever. the IS500 would've been nice but when you add the extras that are standard in the TLX it goes north of 70k (minus the engine). My previous one was a Lexus RC 350/17 and it was the only vehicle in my life, and I've had many, that I never ever had a single problem with, not even a bulb, not even the battery in 4 years and 50K miles.
Thanks for the feedback. I've crossed Germans off of my list long time ago. I love BMW, but I love my wallet and money more.I had my heart set on an Audi A4, but changed my mind after test driving one back to back with the TLX. Audi felt noticeably smaller and cramped, plus it had significant turbo lag.
Other considerations that tipped me to the Acura were price and maintenance/reliability. My first two cars were VWs (Audi’s parent) and were nightmares. Also had two Accords previously that were delightful, so TLX it was!
I have not regretted the choice for even a second. Naturally aspirated V6 beats a turbo four any day of the week.