The Lexus IS
There are a lot of so-called premium sports sedans. Some say they are better than the other. However, have any of them ever topped a BMW 3-Series in a magazine comparison? Car and Driver did, and they determined that the best car in its class is the Lexus IS 350 F Sport.
That is the story of the IS. It is the best in its class.
To be the best, it has to look the best
The IS begins with its signature spindle grille. This is the new face of Lexus, luxuriously crafted onto a body that is sporty, elegant and, above all, stylish. The taut design incorporates four doors for access inside, a trunk for all your worldly goods, condensed daytime/nighttime lighting (including available twin projector LED headlamps) and is ready for action anytime.
Step inside a cabin made for up to five people. Seats range from supple Aniline leather to sport seating with perforated leather. Selecting the F Sport package in the IS 300 and IS 350 raises the bar in sport sedan comfort and driver focus with a heavily-bolstered seat design and accents befitting a genuine sports machine.
The dashboard is crafted with accents that are coordinated with the color of the upholstery, including several wood trims available for the IS 300 and IS 350. Instrumentation is straightforward with a customizable information screen for trip and vehicle readouts.
Choosing the F Sport will get an LFA-inspired TFT instrument cluster that is designed to quicken the pulse by looking at it. An available touchpad-controlled screen is a hub for audio functions, a navigation system, and connection to Lexus Enform for directions and the use of smartphone apps.
It is All About Performance
You have two choices in power. The IS 300 offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower, which gets up to 32 MPG on the highway. The IS 350 provides a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 311 horsepower, which gets up to 28 MPG on the highway and can go from 0-60MPH in 5.6 seconds. Rear-wheel drive models offer an eight-speed automatic transmission, while All Wheel Drive models are available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
To enhance the driving experience a drive mode selector knob can switch the IS 300 and IS 350 from Eco to Sport. F Sport models get the Sport S+ setting, where engine, transmission, steering and suspension dampening are dialed in for a canyon-carving driving experience.
Being Safe is a Lexus Priority
A Lexus is built to be safe, with active safety features designed to keep everyone in the vehicle safe. Features include a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, lane departure alert, a backup camera, Intuitive Parking Assist, blind spot monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Smart Stop Technology. To further enhance these technologies, Lexus Enform Safety Connect is available to connect with Lexus if an issue arises with the IS. Enform can also be monitored through its smartphone app.
Pricing for the IS lineup starts at $38,560. Comprehensive packages, including the F Sport for both models, are available with a level of equipment to turn an IS into an individual’s delight.
In the premium sports sedan world, to be the best means staying on top of the game. To do so, performance and design, plus a pulse-quickening driving dynamic are required to engage the driver through any situation – including those that drive through our vast deserts. At Lexus, the IS has the goods to remain the best in its class. It is now time to drive one at Lexus of Las Vegas.
The Lexus IS
IS 300 RWD
MSRP from $38,560
Bold design is just one way the IS 300 stands apart. With a turbocharger designed in-house, it provides robust power, low-end torque and responsive performance you can feel the moment you accelerate.
IS 300 F Sport RWD
MSRP from $41,775
Take the IS 300 to the next level with a dynamic F SPORT-tuned suspension, a full-faced mesh grille and interior upgrades like eye-catching LFA-inspired gauges and bolstered sport seats.
IS 300 AWD
MSRP from $41,010
Devour the open road, even when roads seem less than unfastened. The all-wheel-drive system adapts to changing conditions with V6 power, and exhilarating performance is just the start.
IS 300 F Sport AWD
MSRP from $43,805
Push all-weather performance and styling to its limits with an upgraded F SPORT-tuned suspension and dramatic design. And, with new innovations, high tech meets high design like never before.
MSRP from $42,180 for RWD (AWD from $44,345)
Engineered for peak performance and offering new technology, the IS 350 wields a more powerful 311-horsepower V6 and an exclusive limited-slip rear differential (RWD) for enhanced handling.
IS 350 F Sport
RWD: MSRP from $45,375 for RWD (AWD from $46,710)
For performance engineering and dynamic styling, the IS 350 F SPORT offers an exclusive Adaptive Variable Suspension and a SPORT S+ driving mode, tuned for enhanced response.