The Lexus of Small Luxury Sport Sedans

Beneath the taut sheet metal and athletic suspension, the Lexus 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 car itself.

Driving It

The Lexus IS offers a well-rounded driving profile, as noted in our full review: “Unlike Lexus sedans of the past, the 2018 Lexus IS demonstrates a rather playful suspension, direct and precise steering and a satisfying engine note every time the throttle is pressed to the floor. Even better, our feelings about the IS remain the same regardless whether equipped with the 4-cylinder turbo or potent V6."

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Build and Price

The 2018 Lexus IS 300 (previously known as the IS 200t) starts at just over $39,000 with destination charges, and the IS 350 reaches up to around $53,000 when fully loaded. But those are sticker prices, and you should expect to pay a little less. Build and price your own 2018 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.

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