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2016 Lexus IS 350

$25,998 — $37,638 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.3) 3 reviews

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
2016 Lexus IS 350 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Lexus IS 350
  • Five-seat sport sedan
  • Choice of turbo four-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • F Sport Package available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(5.0)

Fantastic car

by Buley from Atlanta, GA on December 1, 2017

I got the F sport model of the IS 350 and this car, and it looks and drives great! The interior and exterior trim is gorgeous, it handles fabulous, has tons of quickness, and is extremely comfortable. ... Read full review

(3.0)

Alright...

by Mario from cape coral on April 13, 2017

Good car, performance does not match the numbers. Vehicle feels like a turbo engine when it is not. Almost feels like it had turbo lag. I'm 6'2" and I wouldn't recommend this vehicle. Very hard to get ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Lexus IS 350 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Lexus IS 350 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 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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