The model’s exterior and interior are visually identical to those of its stablemates – a good thing, judging by the praise that both the IS 300h and IS 350 received. The exterior is aggressive but elegant (Lexus’ trademark spindle grille takes centre stage), and the interior is appropriately luxurious, highlighted by comfortable sports-style seats and a handsome dashboard.

Text by Sam Mitani; Photography by Greg White. 

Lexus IS 300h in Trollstigen, Norway

Trollstigen, a hair-raising section of Norwegian national road 63, is both a vital local thoroughfare and a popular tourist getaway. Photographer David Ryle traveled to Western Norway to capture the pass’ iconic bends.

Ørnevegen is surrounded by mountains – Kongen (the King), Dronningen (the Queen), and Bispen (the Bishop) – that offer experienced trekkers a variety of summit hikes and BASE jumpers a number of natural points from which to launch. pic-04-large

Trollstigen, which opened in 1936, winds through Norway’s Romsdal County, linking grand Lake Langvatnet to the Rauma River-crossing Sogge Bridge, 106 kilometers away. With a nine percent incline, the pass’ steepest stretch is called Ørnevegen (“Eagle Road”). It consists of 11 hairpin bends.

When the next-generation IS was launched in 2014, it established a new standard of driving performance for sports saloons. The IS 300h is the first Lexus hybrid to feature a battery positioned beneath the luggage deck board, contributing to a sportier driving experience by creating a lower centre of gravity and greater rear body rigidity.


Additional benefits include luggage capacity on a par with gas-engine models, fuel consumption of less than 4.3 I/km, and class-leading CO2 emissions below 100 g/km.

Photography by David Ryle.

Lexus RX 200t at the Takizawa dam, Japan

The all-new Lexus RX is bigger, bolder, and more dynamic than its forebears. We took it to the hulking Takizawa dam in eastern Japan to put it through its paces.