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Happy Holidays All!!

This is my first time reading and posting on a forum of any kind so I apologize in advance for any breaches in etiquette.

A bit about myself - I'm a 27 year old chicka living in San Diego. I still own my first car - a 2001 honda civic LX. It's got about 100k miles on it and I'm ready for a change. My husband drives an 05 STi and over the years I have gained an appreciation for speed (and luxury) when it comes to cars. I'm looking for an upgrade and a nice treat for myself. It would be a daily driver...I work about 15 miles from my house which consists of equal distances of freeway and street driving.

I've had my eye on the IS F for a bit now...I'm going to look at (and hopefully) test drive one on Sunday but I wanted to see if you guys thought this would be a good car for my needs. I've read quite a few articles on it as well as a lost of posts on this site. My main concerns would be 1) I'm a bit wary of giving up my manual option...I love the feel of a stick shift 2) Does the car constantly shift when driving on the streets since there are so many gears? Is it overly annoying? 3) Not too sure I want to give up my 5th seat.

What do you all think? I appreciate the input. Happy Holidays!!
Welcome! The F is the way to a weekender or a daily. To answer yoru questions..

1) When I first got to drive this car on the streets in "F" Manual mode and SPORT vdim settings, I inadvertently found myself looking to press down the clutch when I got to redline. You'll be surprised how direct and the paddle shift (or the gear shift if you wish) feels when rowing through the gears.

2) Nope, the gearshifts in regular drive mode are very seamless. All the magazines and such complain about having too many gears, but having that 8th gear is crucial while cruisin on the freeway. Fuel economy with the higher gears are key.

3) That's middle row seat in the back is pretty useless in the IS, even with having a formal seat in the middle. If you really have to squeeze a 5th person, just have the person sit on a thin cushion and stay very still. :)

You definitely should drive it and experience first hand. We can tell you all the pros and cons, but ultimately in the end, it's how the experience pleases you.
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