2016 Lexus IS Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 17, 2016 1:54 PM

The Lexus of Small Luxury Sport Sedans

The Lexus IS sport sedan is sportier than ever, as for 2016, Lexus added an all-new 200t model, with a feisty turbo 4-cylinder engine. But 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

"Around town it's all silky luxury, with a supple suspension that smothers bumps and blankets potholes. Then aim it around corners and it points like a curved laser. The steering feels like a machine tool, the brakes soak off speed, the tires get a handshake with asphalt, and the strong, responsive engines drive it down the straights or up the hills with smooth, committed purpose." Get more driving insight in our 2016 Lexus IS full review.

IS 200t

The IS 200t, the newest member of the IS family, features a 2.0-liter, 241-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission. The rear-drive-only 200t goes from 0-60 mph in under seven seconds, and has the best fuel economy in the IS line: 22 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway. For a little extra spice, the IS 200t is also available in F Sport trim.

Build and Price

The 2016 Lexus IS starts at just over $38,000 (with destination charges) and reaches up 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 2016 Lexus IS right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Close Relatives

If you prefer a coupe, consider the Lexus RC, a two-door, more boldly styled sibling to the IS. The Lexus RC lineup is comprised of the RC 350 and the high-performance, 467-horsepower RC F.

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com reader and Lexus IS owner CC had this to say: "I love this car & it is not easy to get in and out of for most people. It sits low to the ground and is not for everyone. It handles well and is very fast." Read more Lexus IS consumer reviews.

More Small Luxury Sedans

The 2016 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

While the Lexus IS replaced the IS 250 with a new model (the 200t) since this video was made, you can still get a good idea of what the rest of the IS line has to offer.