I HATE this car. The plastic sterile look really does not really attract me that much. For about the same price, you can get a BMW 3-Series which is faster, safer and more agile. You most likely are going to wreck it like all kids do to their first car (experience).
No, the IS350s engine is wayyy too much for a first car. An IS250 might work, but id spend about 3500$ and buy a beater car for a few months, to gain exerience. It sounds bad, but it will save you a lot in possible accidents.
yes it has a smooth ride, decent grunt, very good fuel economy, as reliable as a honda and is more exclusive than a bm or merc. to be honest for normal people that would be a second car after their shit little hacthback