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Starting at
$39,700
EPA - est City/Hwy
19/26
Engine
3.5L V6
Seats
5
Power
255 hp




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2016 Lexus IS 300 Overview

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The 2016 Lexus IS compact sport sedan gets a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine in IS 200t trim that promises better fuel economy and performance. The IS 300 AWD is a new midlevel option, while the top-of-the-line 2016 Lexus IS 350 continues to offer spirited acceleration. The 2016 Lexus IS sedan lineup is more versatile than ever, with plenty of features and a surprisingly roomy backseat.

The 2016 Lexus IS small luxury sedan takes a big step toward full competitiveness this year, and it's all about what's under the hood. Previously, the entry-level model was the IS 250, a generally satisfying car let down by its outdated 2.5-liter V6 engine. For 2016, that model gives way to the new IS 200t, which boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 241 horsepower and an EPA-rated 33 mpg highway. At last, the base IS can match the fuel-efficient turbo-4s found in its European rivals. The new 2016 Lexus IS 200t is powered a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It's the first time the IS has had anything but a six-cylinder. Lexus is offering the new engine with rear-drive only for the time being, however, so if you want the more affordable version of an all-wheel-drive IS you'll be looking at the new IS 300. It comes standard with AWD and a 3.5-liter V6 good for 255 hp. It's not nearly as fuel-efficient as the IS 200t, however, checking in at 26 mpg highway. At the top of the food chain, the Edmunds "A" rated IS 350 continues on with its proven 306-hp V6 and either rear- or all-wheel drive. Of course, there was already a lot to like about the current IS. The interior is a standout in terms of both design and quality, while the backseat merits special praise for its adult-friendly dimensions. On the road, it's not the sportiest car of its kind, but it strikes a nice balance between comfort and performance that should appeal to many shoppers. Particularly with the IS 200t on the scene, there's no reason why this Lexus shouldn't be considered alongside the best small luxury sedans. Within that group, the BMW 3 Series continues to lead the charge, providing superb road manners and a range of excellent gasoline and diesel engines. Hot on its heels is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, recently reinvented with S-Class styling and an impressive engine array of its own. You might also want to check out the Acura TLX, as it offers an enjoyable V6/all-wheel-drive combo and plenty of value. But more than ever, the 2016 Lexus IS deserves to be on your consideration list.

The 2016 Lexus IS 300 might be right for you if you're searching for a small luxury sedan with plenty of style, comfort and power. We like how it has a great-looking interior with top-notch materials, too. Ready to learn more?

The 2016 IS lineup bids adieu to the IS 250 and welcomes two new models. The IS 200t features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the all-wheel-drive IS 300 employs a 3.5-liter V6. Minor feature updates like standard 18-inch wheels for the IS 350 round out the changes.



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2016 Lexus IS 300 Reviews From Owners (2 Reviews)

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By Msbop6@yahoo.com

on Oct/16/16 01:43 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Lexus IS 300


Build Quality
starstarstarstarstar
Reliability
starstarstarstarstar
Fun-to-Drive
starstarstarstarstar
Comfort
starstarstarstarstar
Exterior Design
starstarstarstarstar
Performance
starstarstarstarstar
Interior
starstarstarstarstar
Value
starstarstar

Cute little ride!

This is our second Lexus and I highly suggest buying new. We got a used Lexus and absolutely loved it until the engine went out and stopped cold. Now this new one is under warrantee and we hopefully will never have that problem again. It is very comfortable and runs very smooth. But as mentioned in other reviews, the mouse is very distractible . Otherwise, great little car.

By Alex R.

on Oct/28/16 07:59 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Lexus IS 300


Build Quality
starstarstarstarstar
Reliability
starstarstarstarstar
Fun-to-Drive
starstarstarstar
Comfort
starstarstarstarstar
Exterior Design
starstarstarstarstar
Performance
starstarstarstarstar
Interior
starstarstarstarstar
Value
starstarstarstar

IS300 F Sport - stylish, fun, upscale

This IS 300 F Sport has been an absolute pleasure. While sport sedans today, including some of the others I tested before acquiring an IS, are somewhat watered-down for the most part, this one doesn't make compromises. It's a very comfortable place to be while still offering high levels of driver engagement, and it looks the part, too. Starting off, the sedan is pretty low to step into, which lets both driver and passenger know this is not a family sedan. It took me a couple of days to adjust to the step-in height, but it's certainly easy to live with. The seats hug you quite nicely and have soft Nuluxe upholstery - my example's seating is finished in Rioja Red, which contrasts nicely with the black surfaces on the dash and headliner. I love the analog clock and brushed-aluminum accents, which are sort of retro-looking. After starting the car the first thing you notice is the awesome F Sport instrument cluster, which is mostly a digital display. It looks sharp and is reconfigurable to show lots of trip data and even glows red when your RPM reaches a configurable threshold. The steering wheel is also fantastic and one of my favorite features of the car - it's wrapped in soft leather and is fairly chunky. The steering feel, too, is quite good for a modern car, providing enough resistance at speed to give me confidence around corners. Speaking of corners, this thing stays pretty flat and drama-free even at turning speeds I wouldn't dare attempt in my old Camry. And despite the V6 being detuned to 255 HP compared to the IS 350's 306 HP, this thing still has plenty of power and is satisfying to drive quickly. The intake sound amplifier also means the V6 really comes alive at higher RPMs - and it sounds quite nice! My only real gripes with this car have to do with the infotainment, which seems to have a lot of menus. The mouse-like controller can also take some getting used to - and I bet your passengers won't want to learn it. In addition, this thing rides well over most roads, but sometimes more broken pavement transmits some noise into the cabin than you might expect. The handling benefits of the suspension tuning as well as the composure on the highway far outweigh the slight downsides on crappy roads, for my taste - not to mention this thing is near-silent on any decent road anyway. All that said, this is a great small luxury car that seems designed to appeal to the enthusiast without overdoing it. If you're buying this car for a fun, engaging driving experience with some luxury touches, you won't be disappointed.


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    110.2 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    183.7 Inches
  • WIDTH, MAX W/O MIRRORS
    79.8 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    56.3 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    5.1 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    3737 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    44.8 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    55.9 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    32.2 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    53.4 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    13.8 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.77 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    all wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    225
  • Rear Tire Profile
    45
  • Rear Tire Speed Rating
    V
  • Front Tire Width
    225
  • Front Tire Profile
    40



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front
  • Knee Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    15
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM HD Radio
  • Watts
    835


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Entry Lights
    Exterior Entry Lighting
  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    3.5L V6 24 Valve Gas Premium Unleaded (required) 2GR-FSE
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    17.4 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

F Sport Sedan / RWD / 8A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.8 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.3 sec @ 91 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $29,068
  • Private Seller Price
    $30,763
  • Dealer Price
    $32,041
  • Original MSRP
    $39,700


2016 Lexus IS 300 Problems Report:


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2016 Lexus IS 300 Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    19 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    26 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 3
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    7
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2016 Lexus IS 300 Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    4 years / 50,000 miles
    3 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    6 years / 70,000 miles
    5 years
  • CORROSION
    6 years / Unlimited miles
    5 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    4 years / Unlimited miles
    3 years

2016 Lexus IS 300 Key Factors

Data provided by Edmunds

Pros

  • Predictable and precise steering inspires driver confidence in corners.
  • Plentiful standard features
  • Attractive interior with top-quality materials
  • Front seats are very comfortable, and there's plenty of room for adults in the backseat

Cons

  • Navigation system's mouselike Remote Touch interface is distracting to use.


2016 Lexus IS 300 True Cost Of Ownership

Data provided by Edmunds

The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,537$1,591 $1,646$1,704 $1,764$8,242
Maintenance$175$544 $1,054$1,162 $4,566$7,501
Repairs$0$0 $0$491 $752$1,243
Taxes & Fees$3,572$288 $264$243 $225$4,592
Financing$1,444$1,150 $842$521 $187$4,144
Depreciation$6,548$3,638 $3,202$2,840 $2,547$18,775
Fuel$2,099$2,162 $2,227$2,294 $2,363$11,145
True Cost To Own ®$15,375$9,373 $9,235$9,255 $12,404$55,642

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)







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2016 Lexus IS 300 Review

From Edmunds.com

The 2016 Lexus IS compact sport sedan gets a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine in IS 200t trim that promises better fuel economy and performance. The IS 300 AWD is a new midlevel option, while the top-of-the-line 2016 Lexus IS 350 continues to offer spirited acceleration. The 2016 Lexus IS sedan lineup is more versatile than ever, with plenty of features and a surprisingly roomy backseat.

The 2016 Lexus IS small luxury sedan takes a big step toward full competitiveness this year, and it's all about what's under the hood. Previously, the entry-level model was the IS 250, a generally satisfying car let down by its outdated 2.5-liter V6 engine. For 2016, that model gives way to the new IS 200t, which boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 241 horsepower and an EPA-rated 33 mpg highway. At last, the base IS can match the fuel-efficient turbo-4s found in its European rivals.

The new 2016 Lexus IS 200t is powered a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It's the first time the IS has had anything but a six-cylinder.

Lexus is offering the new engine with rear-drive only for the time being, however, so if you want the more affordable version of an all-wheel-drive IS you'll be looking at the new IS 300. It comes standard with AWD and a 3.5-liter V6 good for 255 hp. It's not nearly as fuel-efficient as the IS 200t, however, checking in at 26 mpg highway. At the top of the food chain, the Edmunds "A" rated IS 350 continues on with its proven 306-hp V6 and either rear- or all-wheel drive.

Of course, there was already a lot to like about the current IS. The interior is a standout in terms of both design and quality, while the backseat merits special praise for its adult-friendly dimensions. On the road, it's not the sportiest car of its kind, but it strikes a nice balance between comfort and performance that should appeal to many shoppers. Particularly with the IS 200t on the scene, there's no reason why this Lexus shouldn't be considered alongside the best small luxury sedans.

Within that group, the BMW 3 Series continues to lead the charge, providing superb road manners and a range of excellent gasoline and diesel engines. Hot on its heels is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, recently reinvented with S-Class styling and an impressive engine array of its own. You might also want to check out the Acura TLX, as it offers an enjoyable V6/all-wheel-drive combo and plenty of value. But more than ever, the 2016 Lexus IS deserves to be on your consideration list.

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2016 Lexus IS 300 Problems Report:


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  • 2016 Lexus IS 300 Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Lexus IS 300 Reviews
  • 2016 Lexus IS 300 Defects

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