2020 Lexus IS 300

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$38,560

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2020 Lexus IS 300
2020 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
  • Good ride comfort
  • Backseat legroom

The bad:

  • Lacks sportiness
  • Maddening Remote Touch controller
  • Some cheap-looking interior trim
  • Large ledge between trunk floor and folded backseat
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto not offered

1 trim

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Notable features

  • New Black Line Special Edition available
  • Turbo four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • Performance-oriented F Sport Package available

2020 Lexus IS 300 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Lexus IS?

The Lexus IS is a compact luxury sports sedan that seats up to five people. The rear-wheel-drive IS 300 features a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the all-wheel-drive IS 300 uses a 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. 

Stepping up the IS powertrain ladder, both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions of the IS 350 come with a 311-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. An eight-speed automatic goes in IS models with rear-wheel drive, while a six-speed automatic goes in all-wheel-drive sedans. Competitors include the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series. A new IS is scheduled to debut as a 2021 model. 

What’s New on the 2020 Lexus IS?

A new Black Line Special Edition is available for F Sport versions of the IS. Limited to 900 units, the cosmetic package features black-chrome wheels, a black grille and side mirror covers, plus a black interior with blue and gray accents. 

What Features in the 2020 Lexus IS Are Most Important?

Standard features include a 7-inch multimedia screen, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, two USB ports, simulated leather seating surfaces and satellite radio. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high-beam headlights and adaptive cruise control. 

Available features include a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, a power rear sunshade, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, built-in navigation with a 10.3-inch screen, and a Mark Levinson audio system. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Lexus IS?

The IS is a comfortable compact luxury car with good backseat space. It’s too bad its driving experience lacks the fun-to-drive feeling offered by the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Genesis G70 and others. There are also some cheap-looking trim pieces in the cabin, and the Remote Touch interface remains extremely frustrating. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

2nd Lexus

I owned a Lexus ES350 and went to a Ford Explorer. After about six months I realized I was not happy in the Ford and wanted a Lexus again. The car is very comfortable. I'm 6'1 and have no issues in the fit in the drivers seat. I love the design of the interior. I do miss Apple Play, but it isn't a deal breaker. However, it is technology a Lexus should have. I like the wheel better than the pad for the tech system as I think it is easier to navigate. I love the get up and go I have from the engine. It is just enough to know you are stepping on the gas while not being too much. Overall I am very pleased with this car. It is comfortable, performs well, and looks good. You can tell you are in a luxury car versus something bathed in plastic. Lexus has a customer for life here.

4.9

The Third Lexus I have owned

This car has excellent safety features, voice recognition, and all you would want in a sedan. This is the 3d Lexus I have owned and it has great performance and reliability.

5.0

Such a great comfortable and high tech car

This car met all my needs. This car contains so many details that are up to date and just provides such a smooth ride which makes it even better

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