2017 Lexus IS Introduction

The Lexus IS might be called a sport compact luxury sedan, because it pretty much covers all those bases. It’s rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available on the V6 models. For 2017 the bumpers are tweaked, but it’s scarcely noticeable.

The Lexus IS Turbo, the model formerly known as 200T, comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 241 horsepower, about the same as its competition from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. It’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The IS 300 model uses a 3.5-liter V6 making 255 horsepower and comes standard with the 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

The IS 350 model uses a 3.5-liter V6 making 306 horsepower, same transmission pairing as the IS 300, with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

There’s an F Sport package for each model, that makes the appearance, handling, throttle and transmission tuning more aggressive.

The IS hasn’t been crash tested, but it has safety systems that many competitors don’t have. Forward collision warning, lane departure alert with active lane control, and automatic high beams are standard. Which makes it all the more shocking to us that a rearview camera is not; it’s a $350 option.

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