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2015 Lexus IS KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $37,475

Fair Purchase Price $35,803
Fair Market Range ($35,355 - $36,250)

Invoice $34,919
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Keith Buglewicz - Updated Date: 8/11/2014


In a single generation, the Lexus IS went from a boring-but-competent entry-level luxury sedan to one of the most dynamically styled entries in its class. The 2015 Lexus IS is visually unchanged from its debut last year, and that's good news for those who love its bold grille, sinister headlights, and sharply angled taillights. The visual changes, plus a high-performance chassis tuning, give the carryover engines a better platform to work with, making this small rear-wheel-drive Lexus luxury sedan an honest competitor to cars like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and Cadillac ATS. Inside, added refinement and high-tech touches keep this Lexus in the technology hunt. The previous-generation retractable-hardtop convertible remains largely unchanged.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for an entry-level luxury sedan, but want something with dynamically out-there styling to back up its driving characteristics, you can't do better than the 2015 Lexus IS sedan. Yeah, we just said a Lexus is the most visually striking sedan in its class. How times change.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the fashion-forward design may be cool to some, it might be over the top for others. The BMW 3 Series is always a good call, and the Cadillac ATS is a definite winner. Additionally, if you want the IS look but with only two doors, you're out of luck.

What's New for 2015

The 2015 Lexus IS sedan gets only a handful of minor changes, including LED fog lights on base models, a few interior tweaks, and wider availability for the heated steering wheel. The Lexus Enform infotainment center gets Siri Eyes Free mode, and adds Slacker and upgrades to iHeart radio.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The 2015 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 are about as quick as their competition in a straight line, and when the road bends, the suspension is ready for action. This is a genuinely fun car to drive, one that's the equal of the sporty Cadillac ATS and BMW 3 Series. However, the suspension remains supple over bumps, and the superb front seats and quiet interior remind you that you're driving a Lexus. For more bite, the IS F Sport models add an array of sport-oriented hardware, but without more than a marginal increase in real-world performance, the $3,000 package is a tough sell. Good visibility and easy maneuverability make short work of U-turns and parking lots. In terms of power, the 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines offer plenty of thrust for passing and merging. The fire-breathing V8-powered IS F is gone for 2015, but the previous-generation convertibles linger for open-top fans.

Favorite Features

8TH-GENERATION INFOTAINMENT
Lexus prides itself on its technology, so it makes sense that the 2015 Lexus IS would be on the cutting edge. The infotainment system features goodies like a reconfigurable home screen, 3D building icons, and the Lexus Enform mobile application suite – all sure to scratch your digital itch.

TWIN PROJECTOR LED HEADLIGHTS
Similar to the LED bulbs you can buy for your house, the LED headlights available on the Lexus IS last longer, weigh less and are smaller than standard headlights. They also use a lot less energy, and cast a light that's closer to daylight for better contrast during nighttime driving.


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