2017 Lexus IS 200t

Pros: Athletic handling; numerous options and option packages; Cabin trim astutely blends luxury and sport

Cons: Limited interior room; V6 fuel economy not outstanding

CG Says: The 2017 Lexus IS gains standard Lexus Safety System+ with adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning/mitigation. Styling is revised and LED headlights are now standard. IS is a premium compact sedan. The base 200t is powered by a 241-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and has rear-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive IS 300 has a 255-hp 3.5-liter V6. The IS 350 offers both rear- and all-wheel drive and is powered by a 306-hp 3.5-liter V6. Rear-wheel-drive cars have an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models have a six-speed automatic. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, and cross-traffic alert. Other available features include park assist, heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, power rear sunshade, and power tilt/telescopic steering wheel. The IS’s nimble handling is a highlight, but its aging V6 mean it doesn’t trounce any of its competitors in terms of performance. If you’re in the market for an athletic compact sedan with a convincingly luxurious feel, check out the IS that suits you best, but be sure to scope the Cadillac ATS, BMW 3-Series Sedan, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices IS 200t: $37,825
IS 200t F Sport: $41,370
AWD IS 300: $40,200
AWD IS 300 F Sport: $43,345
IS 350: $41,370
IS 350 F Sport: $44,525
AWD IS 350: $43,535
AWD IS 350 F Sport: $46,250

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (IS 200t)
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6 (IS 300, IS 350)
Horsepower
255 (306 in IS 350)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
(AWD model) 6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-28