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2017 Lexus IS 300

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$29,013 — $49,765 NEW and USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.8) 6 reviews

The Good

  • Smooth-revving powertrains
  • Composure over hilly roads
  • Precise steering
  • Large multimedia system
  • Strong brakes
  • Reliability for current generation

The Bad

  • No Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Still slower than German rivals
  • Some cheap cabin finishes
  • Limited front-seat room
  • Modest gas mileage
  • Unintuitive climate controls
2017 Lexus IS 300 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Lexus IS 300
  • Updated styling for 2017
  • Five-seat sport sedan
  • Larger multimedia system
  • V-6 or turbo four-cylinder
  • Available F Sport package
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

The latest IS enters its fourth model year with carryover drivetrains but a number of styling tweaks that aim to keep things fresh against a host of luxury sport sedans from Europe, Detroit and Japan.

The 2017 IS goes on sale this fall.


ExteriorThe revised sedan wears updated headlights, which sport a flatter appearance than last year's wavier design. Below them, the bumper forms a single piece with large new vertical air intakes instead of the layered horizontal intakes that characterized the 2014-2016 IS. Lexus' hourglass-shaped "spindle" grille narrows a little higher than it did before, with new horizontal inserts top to bottom. Around back, Lexus rejiggered the taillight reflectors and reshaped the tailpipes, but the overall look carries over.

As before, the IS will offer an F-Sport version with more-aggressive styling, including a mesh grille with functional brake ducts around the lower sides, plus matching dark garnishes on the vertical air intakes that flank them.

InteriorChanges inside are relatively minor. The IS' multimedia screen grows to 10.3 inches from its previous 7 inches. Lexus' available Remote Touch Interface, a knob-based controller on the center console, gets some new buttons to aid usability. Ahead of it, the climate and stereo controls are a little more sunken now to fit between the IS' knee bolsters.

Under the HoodUpdated for the 2016 model year, the IS' engines carry over for 2017. The IS 200t gets a 241-hor...

Vehicle Overview

The latest IS enters its fourth model year with carryover drivetrains but a number of styling tweaks that aim to keep things fresh against a host of luxury sport sedans from Europe, Detroit and Japan.

The 2017 IS goes on sale this fall.


ExteriorThe revised sedan wears updated headlights, which sport a flatter appearance than last year's wavier design. Below them, the bumper forms a single piece with large new vertical air intakes instead of the layered horizontal intakes that characterized the 2014-2016 IS. Lexus' hourglass-shaped "spindle" grille narrows a little higher than it did before, with new horizontal inserts top to bottom. Around back, Lexus rejiggered the taillight reflectors and reshaped the tailpipes, but the overall look carries over.

As before, the IS will offer an F-Sport version with more-aggressive styling, including a mesh grille with functional brake ducts around the lower sides, plus matching dark garnishes on the vertical air intakes that flank them.

InteriorChanges inside are relatively minor. The IS' multimedia screen grows to 10.3 inches from its previous 7 inches. Lexus' available Remote Touch Interface, a knob-based controller on the center console, gets some new buttons to aid usability. Ahead of it, the climate and stereo controls are a little more sunken now to fit between the IS' knee bolsters.

Under the HoodUpdated for the 2016 model year, the IS' engines carry over for 2017. The IS 200t gets a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the IS 300 and IS 350 have a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 255 hp (IS 300) or 306 hp (IS 350).

Rear-wheel drive is standard on the IS 200t and IS 350. All-wheel drive is unavailable on the IS 200t, standard on the IS 300 and optional on the IS 350. Rear-drive cars employ an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models have a six-speed automatic.


SafetyThe IS will get Lexus' Safety System Plus as standard equipment. That includes a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, as well as a lane departure warning system with steering assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlights.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(4.0)

Best and Worst car I’ve owned

by CA91 from New York, New York on November 28, 2018

Vehicle performance is amazing. The interior layout is horrible. The small turning angle in the city was a small problem at first but easy to adapt. Read full review

(5.0)

Solid Car I’ve ever owned

by AArora on April 18, 2018

This car is sporty, and classy all at the same time. Love the look and the seats hug you to the point you don’t want to get out of it. This is my 3rd one. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Lexus IS 300 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Lexus IS 300 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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