Lexus IS 350 F Sport
Lexus IS 350 F Sport
Lexus IS 350 F Sport

2019 Lexus IS 350 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: The 2019 Lexus IS gets available triple-beam headlights and smart watch/Amazon Alexa connectivity; Lexus says the engine software on rear-drive IS 300s has been improved for better throttle response and improved shifting. There is also a new Black Line Special Edition model with unique trim that is based on the IS 300 F Sport. Black Line production is limited to 900 units. The IS is a premium compact sedan that was last redesigned for 2014. The rear-wheel drive IS 300 is powered by a 241-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. However, the all-wheel-drive IS 300 has a 260-hp 3.5-liter V6. The IS 350 offers both rear- and all-wheel drive and both have a 311-hp 3.5-liter V6. Rear-wheel-drive cars have an 8-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models have a 6-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 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 300: $39,585
AWD IS 300: $42,035
IS 300 F Sport: $42,780
AWD IS 300 F Sport: $44,830
IS 300 F Sport Special Black Line Edition: $45,975
AWD IS 300 F Sport Special Black Line Edition: $48,025
IS 350: $43,205
AWD IS 350: $45,370
IS 350 F Sport: $ 46,400
AWD IS 350 F Sport: $47,735

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter (IS 300)
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
3.65-liter V6 (AWD IS 300, IS 350)
Horsepower
260 (311 in IS 350)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-28

Lexus IS 300
2019 Lexus IS 300
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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