May 08, 2014
Reviewed By Cassie Sellman
Price as Tested $67,419: 5.0-L DOHC, 32-valve V8, VVT-iE, 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission with paddle shifters

It looks fierce and mean, with elegance and sophistication throughout. I enjoyed the race-styled interior. The 10-way power adjustment seats hug you while you are hugging corners and are comfortable on long drives. The navigation and stereo design were easy to get used to. Impressive handling.


Pictures of the blue and red interior looked good online, but I was disappointed in person. The red seats did not match the red shifter. I understand that companies are moving toward the automatic with paddle shifters, but I felt like there were too many options: automatic, sport mode automatic, manual with the shifter, and manual with the paddle shifters. I think it would have been a lot more fun with just a standard manual.


I’m a fan of Toyota and Lexus, and I liked this car right off the bat. I was impressed — but $70k? If I were shopping for straight luxury at this level, I’d be hard pressed to choose this over a BMW 7 series. If I were shopping for a fun and thrilling four-door sport sedan, I’d buy a WRX for half the price (with a 6-speed manual).

Fun to Drive
4.5 rating
Fun to Look at
4.5 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Horsepower 416 hp
Torque 371 lb-ft
EPA Mileage 16/23

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