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Lexus IS

Lexus IS

About Lexus IS

The compact entry-level, luxury-sedan market is one of the most competitive out there, with "excellent" being the minimum standard. Yet even then, the 2017 Lexus IS stands out. The styling is part of the reason, and one look at the gaping grille and sharply angular lines explains why this luxury-sports sedan turns heads. But there's more, like the advanced technology inside, indisputable reputation for reliability, the prestige of the Lexus brand, and the impressive attention to detail that comes with it all. Then there's performance, with both 4-cylinder and V6 models offering a rewarding driving experience. Consider the competition -- BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS -- and the fact that this Lexus holds its own is even more impressive.

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LATEST MODEL
2017 Lexus IS
What's new for 2017?
2017 Lexus IS

The 2017 Lexus IS lineup sports a revised nose and tail with a slightly different grille, headlights and taillights. The interior also gets a modest upgrade, with a bigger infotainment screen and better integrated center console. Active cruise control, collision warning, and other high-end safety features are now standard.

  • Expert Rating: 9.1
  • Consumers Rating: 8.6
  • MPG 22|32
2016 Lexus IS
What's new for 2016?
2016 Lexus IS

The biggest news for the IS lineup for 2016 is the new 200t model with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that cranks out 241 horsepower. There’s also a new IS 300 all-wheel drive (AWD) model with a 3.5-liter V6, a new Premium Plus Package and 18-inch wheels for the IS350.

2015 Lexus IS
What's new for 2015?
2015 Lexus IS

Only minor changes are in store for the 2015 Lexus IS including LED fog lights on base models, interior tweaks, and wider availability for the heated steering wheel. Siri Eyes Free and Slacker are added to the Enform infotainment center. The limited edition Crafted Line is offered on IS 250 models.

2014 Lexus IS
What's new for 2014?
2014 Lexus IS

The 2014 Lexus IS sedan highlights a compelling new design, improved handling and more interior space. Also, Lexus’ revamped infotainment platform makes its debut in the 2014 IS and no manual transmission is available. The IS C hardtop convertible carries over unchanged from 2013, while the high-performance IS F receives only minor updates.

2013 Lexus IS
What's new for 2013?
2013 Lexus IS

With an all-new model due out next year, the Lexus IS has only a few upgrades for 2013. IS models equipped with navigation now include Lexus' latest Enform infotainment system with automatic phonebook downloading via Bluetooth and HD Radio with iTunes Tagging. Additionally, the IS250's optional 6-speed manual transmission has been discontinued.

2012 Lexus IS
What's new for 2012?
2012 Lexus IS

Having received several upgrades in 2011, including revised front and rear styling, minor interior updates, the addition of an all-wheel-drive option to the IS 350 and an F Sport package for both IS 250 and IS 350, Lexus gives it a rest in 2012. There are two new colors in 2012.

2011 Lexus IS
What's new for 2011?
2011 Lexus IS

Lexus adds optional all-wheel drive to the 2011 Lexus IS 350. Rear-wheel drive versions of the 2011 Lexus IS 250 and 2011 Lexus IS 350 get a new F-Sport Package. In addition, all 2011 Lexus IS models receive a slight front and rear makeover and some minor interior upgrades.

2010 Lexus IS
What's new for 2010?
2010 Lexus IS

The introduction of the IS C makes ownership of a convertible Lexus available to a wider audience than the brand's other convertible, the much more expensive SC430. The IS C also demonstrates the Lexus commitment to expand the IS range, which also includes the IS Sedan and high performance IS F.

2009 Lexus IS
What's new for 2009?
2009 Lexus IS

Both the IS 250 and 350 receive a slight exterior freshening, touting new front and rear bumpers, grille and tail light clusters. Interior changes include folding rear headrests, new interior colors and new seat and door panel sew patterns. The IS 250 gains Lexus' Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system (VDIM) as standard equipment, while all IS sedans receive improved suspension and steering tuning.

2008 Lexus IS
What's new for 2008?
2008 Lexus IS

Both the IS 250 and IS 350 carry forward with only minor cosmetic detail enhancements. The sole change of note is that the IS 250 AWD's previously standard semi-aniline heated and ventilated leather seats are now optional, and are replaced by the baseline heated leather units that are fitted to the rear-drive models.

2007 Lexus IS
What's new for 2007?
2007 Lexus IS

A new X Package is offered on rear-wheel-drive models and includes a sport suspension, five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, sport pedals and illuminated door scuff plates.

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Consumer Reviews

Great car and the buying experience was perfect

By on Monday, October 7, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Styling, nuluxe, ventilated seats, park assist"

Cons: "a little more power in the 2.5 wouldnt hurt"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Ive owned BMW's and Mercedes in the past. I traded in my 2011 Mercedes GLK, which i loved and gave me no problems. The one area that Lexus shines in customer service. I bought a silver IS first and the dealer actually took it back a week later to make me happy with the starfire pearl white. Unheard of and Lexus of New Orleans is second to none. As for the IS250, i have been thouroghly happy. The nuluxe interior feels much more like leather than the MB tex in my MB. The car is smooth, the engine is super quite and everything is placed out perfectly. The 2.5 is adequate and the design has garnered a bunch of attention and most has been very positive. I switched to Lexus so that i could keep a car past warrenty. BMW was the worst, MB was great and gave me no problem at all, but I did not feel comfortable outside of warrenty. Lexus reliability is why i moved over to Lexus. Hightly recommend the 2014 IS 250!"

64 people out of 75 found this review helpful

IS350 F-Sport. Absolute fun!

By on Friday, November 8, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Power, Handling and Dynamics, Seating Comfort"

Cons: "Tire wear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 350 is a blast when driven fast and is amazingly smooth while cruising. I would rate it over the other vehicles in its class."

19 people out of 25 found this review helpful

What a car!

By on Friday, July 26, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, elegant looking and well built."

Cons: "Lack of decent storage spaces."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I just picked up my new IS250 yesterday, and I'm very impressed. The car goes like nobody's business, the fit and finish is impeccable and it's very comfortable. The only complaint I have so far is there isn't much storage space. The center console compartment is smaller than I'd hoped for. The navigation system is easy to operate once you spend a little time figuring it out. The blind-spot warning system is pretty touchy, as it tends to go off every time someone passes me on the road. The seats are very supportive and firm, and can be a bit uncomfortable if you're not used to them. This is my first Lexus, and in the past I've gotten new cars every 3-5 years. Not this time. This one's staying in the family for 8-10 years, at least."

17 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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