2016 Lexus IS 300

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Lexus IS 300. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • IS 350 acceleration
  • Ride composure
  • Steering and brakes
  • Backseat room

The Bad

  • Some body lean
  • Relatively nose-heavy handling
  • Gas mileage with AWD

Notable Features of the 2016 Lexus IS 300

  • Five-seat sport sedan
  • Choice of turbo four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • F Sport Package available

2016 Lexus IS 300 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Lexus IS is a four-door compact luxury sedan that's offered with rear- or all-wheel drive and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine or V-6 power. It competes with the Cadillac ATS, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

New for 2016
The Lexus IS gains a new base model in the rear-wheel-drive IS 200t, which is powered by a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A new midlevel all-wheel-drive IS 300 with a 255-hp V-6 also joins the lineup.

Significant Standard Features

  • 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (IS 200t)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Power moonroof
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Audio system with 7-inch screen
  • Dual USB ports
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (IS 300)
  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (IS 350)
  • Six-speed automatic (AWD models)
  • LED headlights
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Backup camera
  • Navigation system
  • Mark Levinson premium audio
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Precollision system
  • F Sport Package includes unique 18-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, higher-friction brake pads, aluminum pedals and a leather-wrapped steerin...
Vehicle Overview

The Lexus IS is a four-door compact luxury sedan that's offered with rear- or all-wheel drive and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine or V-6 power. It competes with the Cadillac ATS, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

New for 2016
The Lexus IS gains a new base model in the rear-wheel-drive IS 200t, which is powered by a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A new midlevel all-wheel-drive IS 300 with a 255-hp V-6 also joins the lineup.

Significant Standard Features

  • 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (IS 200t)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Power moonroof
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Audio system with 7-inch screen
  • Dual USB ports
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (IS 300)
  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (IS 350)
  • Six-speed automatic (AWD models)
  • LED headlights
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Backup camera
  • Navigation system
  • Mark Levinson premium audio
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Precollision system
  • F Sport Package includes unique 18-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, higher-friction brake pads, aluminum pedals and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, among other features

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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.7)
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(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Very stylish and dependable

by Joyce from Clayville, RI on April 21, 2018

We are very happy with this car. enjoying the comfort and the luxury of the car. We are impressed with comfort and ease of operating the navigation and all the gadgets. Read full review

(5.0)

Head turner...

by Atomic silver Rioja red from Wisconsin on March 2, 2018

Enjoying every single day of driving it, getting so many compliments.. no issues so far. F sport series is a little bumpy but i can live with it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Lexus IS 300 currently has 0 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Lexus IS 300 Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The IS 300 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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