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2020 Lexus IS 350

2020 Lexus IS 350

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$38,328 — $48,245 NEW and USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
21-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2020 Lexus IS 350 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Lexus IS 350
  • 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

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2020 Lexus IS 350 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

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

Sporty and prestigious

by anthony Racanelli from Las Vegas, Nv on December 21, 2019

Test drove the IS 250..nice but the IS 350 F sport was superior with enhanced performance and more amenities. Interior and exterior had more unique characteristics with great markings. Sharp looking ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Lexus IS 350 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 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

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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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