The Lexus IS
There are a lot of so-called premium sports sedans. Some say they are better than the others. However, have any of them ever topped a BMW 3-Series in a magazine comparison? Car and Driver did one where 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 one of the best in its class.
To be the best, it has to looks its best
The IS begins with our 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, and condensed lighting that pave the way day and night – including available twin projector LED headlamps – that are ready for action any time.
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 sports 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 available wood trims in 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 the connection to Lexus Enform for directions and the use of smartphone apps.
It is All About Performance
There are 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, depending on the kind of driving you’re doing. 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. Active safety 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 a smartphone with its own app.
Pricing for the IS lineup starts at $38,310. Comprehensive packages, including the F Sport for both models, are available with each model 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, design and pulse-quickening driving dynamics are required to engage the driver through any situation – including driving through our vast deserts. At Lexus, the IS has the goods to remain the best in its class. Test drive one at Lexus of Henderson today.
The 2019 Lexus IS
IS 300 RWD
MSRP from $38,310
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 $41,505
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 $40,760
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 $43,555
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 $41,930 for RWD (AWD from $44,095)
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 $45,125 for RWD (AWD from $46,460)
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.