2018 Lexus IS 300

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$38,210

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2018 Lexus IS 300
2018 Lexus IS 300

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Soft but supportive F Sport front seats
  • F Sport's motorized gauge cluster
  • Navigation system's 10.3-inch screen
  • Ride comfort on most surfaces
  • Backseat legroom

The bad:

  • Weak turbo four-cylinder drivetrain
  • Sluggish, indecisive eight-speed automatic
  • Lack of steering feedback and athleticism
  • Frustrating Remote Touch controller
  • Some cheap-looking interior trim
  • Large ledge between trunk floor and folded backseat

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Backup camera now standard
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • Performance-oriented F Sport Package available

2018 Lexus IS 300 review: Our expert's take


What it is: The Lexus IS compact sedan is available with rear- or all-wheel drive and competes with sports sedans such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The IS lineup includes the IS 300 with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive; the IS 300 with a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and all-wheel drive; and the IS 350 with a 311-hp V-6 and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.


Last year’s rear-drive IS 200t is now designated the IS 300 and uses the same 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Horsepower is up by 5 hp — to 260 hp in the all-wheel-drive IS 300 and 311 hp in the IS 350. A backup camera is now standard, and adaptive front lighting is now available. Enform safety and service telematics features are now complimentary for 10 years instead of one.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best car I've owned

This car has all my needs it lived up to everything the car has to offer love the interior and sporty look it has on the outside

5.0

Comfortable, sporty and stylish

A stylish support car with all the Lexus attributes of quality and comfort. Our fourth Lexus all different models. Controls are complicated and required a significant amount of reading. But once mastered your master of the road

5.0

Beautiful car

This car met all of my needs, a beautiful sleek car. The sport mode is my favorite, but eco mode is usually the mode I’m on

See all 26 consumer reviews

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