The Lexus of Small Luxury Sport Sedans

Beneath the taut sheet metal and athletic suspension, the IS remains arguably the smartest choice among all small luxury sport sedans thanks to excellent resale value, a strong reputation for reliability and a dealership experience that many owners find as satisfying as the cars themselves.

Driving It

The Lexus IS offers a well-rounded driving profile, as noted in our full review: “Around town, the 2017 Lexus IS offers up a comfortable ride, luxurious surroundings, and it keeps an admirable lid on road noise, all qualities that you expect from a brand known for isolating its passengers. Yet under that soft layer, you'll also notice a bit more bite to the suspension, a sharper edge to the steering, and a satisfying growl every time you floor the throttle whether you're driving an IS with the 4-cylinder turbo or the V6."

Build and Price

The 2017 Lexus IS starts at just over $38,000 with destination charges, and reaches up to around $56,000 when fully loaded. But those are sticker prices, and you should expect to pay a little less. Build and price your own 2017 Lexus IS right here at to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Close Relative

For an equally reputable but sportier option, consider the Lexus RC, a two-door, more boldly styled sibling to the IS.

Owners' Opinions

In the Pros and Cons section of our consumer reviews reader and Lexus IS owner “Alex AKA a new IS driver” listed "Comfortable, excellent steering, satisfying power" as highlights, and "Meh MPGs, silly remote controls, storage space" as shortcomings. Read more Lexus IS consumer reviews.

More Small Luxury Sedans

The 2017 Lexus IS is just one of several excellent cars in its class. Check out our Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.

Lexus IS Video Review

There have been a few changes to the lineup since we shot the video review below, but it’s still a great way to sit back and get to know this likeable Lexus. 


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