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2012 Lexus IS 350

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$13,569 — $23,821 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
22-23 MPG
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Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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(4.7) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Responsive transmission
  • Well-executed steering
  • Balanced handling
  • Reliability
  • Front-seat comfort

The Bad

  • Mark Levinson stereo option
  • Tight backseat
  • Firm ride
  • Driver's footwell room in AWD models
2012 Lexus IS 350 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Lexus IS 350
  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Keyless start
  • Available AWD
  • Available F-Sport Package

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat IS 350 sedan and four-seat IS 350C convertible are stronger versions of Lexus' IS 250 and IS 250C by virtue of their 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. The IS 350 and IS 350C are sporty rivals to the BMW 3 Series. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on the sedan. Competitors include the BMW 335i, Infiniti G37 and Mercedes-Benz C350; the entry-level IS 250 plays against some of those cars' less powerful siblings.

Lexus also offers the IS-F, powered by a 5.0-liter V-8. The IS 250 and IS-F are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
(Skip to details on the: IS 350C)

New for 2012

There are no significant changes for 2012.
Exterior
A long wheelbase and wide stance help give the IS 350 a muscular appearance. The IS 350 ranks as a compact car. An optional F-Sport Package includes a sport suspension and 18-inch wheels with summer tires that offer more grip.

The sedan has standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional backup camera with front and rear parking sensors


Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the IS 350, though the backseat is tight. Bright electroluminescent instruments light up the dashboard. Black and silver metallic trim is standard. The optional navigation system's voice-recognition software picks up casual-language co...

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat IS 350 sedan and four-seat IS 350C convertible are stronger versions of Lexus' IS 250 and IS 250C by virtue of their 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. The IS 350 and IS 350C are sporty rivals to the BMW 3 Series. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on the sedan. Competitors include the BMW 335i, Infiniti G37 and Mercedes-Benz C350; the entry-level IS 250 plays against some of those cars' less powerful siblings.

Lexus also offers the IS-F, powered by a 5.0-liter V-8. The IS 250 and IS-F are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
(Skip to details on the: IS 350C)

New for 2012

There are no significant changes for 2012.
Exterior
A long wheelbase and wide stance help give the IS 350 a muscular appearance. The IS 350 ranks as a compact car. An optional F-Sport Package includes a sport suspension and 18-inch wheels with summer tires that offer more grip.

The sedan has standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional backup camera with front and rear parking sensors


Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the IS 350, though the backseat is tight. Bright electroluminescent instruments light up the dashboard. Black and silver metallic trim is standard. The optional navigation system's voice-recognition software picks up casual-language commands, and the standard stereo has a USB port to better integrate iPods and other MP3 players.

Lexus' Enform service, included with the navigation system, can assist in finding street addresses, restaurants and more. It comes with a year of free service; after that, you have to pay a monthly subscription fee. Interior features include:

  • 10-way power front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power moonroof
  • Manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel (power version optional)
  • 13-speaker stereo
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats


Under the Hood
The IS 350 sedan is available with rear- or all-wheel drive, like its IS 250 sibling. The convertible is rear-drive only. Mechanical features include:

  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 277 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Larger brakes than IS 250


Safety
Lexus' Safety Connect service, which automatically notifies authorities in the event of a crash, is standard. Like Enform, a year's service is included, but after that you'll have to pay a subscription fee. Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management, which is meant to integrate all systems to anticipate skids and react faster than an electronic stability system alone
  • Knee airbags for both front occupants
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows


IS 350C
The IS 350C has a retractable hardtop that Lexus says can operate in just 21 seconds. The four-seat interior features anti-glare gauges, plus audio and climate systems that automatically adjust their settings to compensate for top-down noise and temperatures. Other safety and luxury features remain similar to those on IS 350 sedans. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(5.0)

Sweet, Sexy and timeless

by Tabby45 from COLUMBUS on August 5, 2017

This car is very reliable.. It's awesome and very comfy. It has the room of a big car. Rides smooth..I love the Lexus Is 250-350 Read full review

(4.0)

Head Turner

by android512 from New Orleans, LA on February 10, 2017

Very good looking inside and out. Receive many compliments on the car despite there being newer model available. Admittedly, I have a heavy right foot, however, I still would have expected more then ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Lexus IS 350 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Lexus IS 350 has not been tested.

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 350 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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