2016 Lexus IS 200t F Sport

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: For 2016, Lexus IS shakes up its model range. The IS 250 and AWD IS 250 are gone and are succeeded by IS 200t and AWD IS 300. The IS 200t is the new base model and replaces a 204-horsepower 2.5-liter V6 with a 241-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that mates to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive IS 300 is powered by a 255-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and is paired with a 6-speed automatic. The IS 350 continues to offer both rear- and all-wheel drive and is still powered by a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. All IS 350 models now have standard 18-inch alloy wheels. 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: $37,325
IS 200t F Sport: $40,870
AWD IS 300: $39,700
AWD IS 300 F Sport: $42,845
IS 350: $40,870
IS 350 F Sport: $44,025
AWD IS 350: $43,035
AWD IS 350 F Sport: $45,750

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

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

2016 Lexus AWD IS 300 F Sport
2016 Lexus IS 350
2016 Lexus IS 350 F Sport