2013 Lexus IS-F

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Lexus IS‑F. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    18 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    416-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds
  • Tame trunk lid spoiler
  • Quad tailpipe design
  • Eight airbags

The Bad

  • No manual transmission
  • Some transmission lag
  • Peculiar domed hood
  • Tight backseat

Notable Features of the 2013 Lexus IS-F

  • Retuned suspension
  • Performance version of IS sedan
  • 416-hp V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic
  • Large Brembo brakes

2013 Lexus IS-F Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The rear-drive IS-F is a performance variant of the IS 250 and IS 350, which are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. The IS-F comes only as a sedan with a 416-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8. The other IS models come as a sedan and convertible with V-6 engines and an all-wheel-drive option for the sedans. Lexus claims the IS-F sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. It competes with the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
New for 2013
Lexus claims the 2013 IS-F's retuned suspension offers better turn-in and dynamics. A scratch-resistant clearcoat paint is now used, and the available navigation system features the latest version of Lexus Enform communication system and App Suite smartphone-application integration.
Exterior
Cosmetic exterior and interior changes are always part of the high-performance package. Exterior changes compared with the IS 250/IS 350 include:

  • Wider fenders
  • Flared bumper with a larger mouth 
  • Vents behind the front wheels 
  • High-domed hood 
  • Quad tailpipes 
  • Small trunk lid spoiler
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires

Interior
A USB/iPod connector is standard, and the IS-F comes with the Lexus Safety Connect system, which is similar to GM's OnStar service. It comes with a year's worth of service free; after that you'll have to pay a subscription fee. IS-F interior changes compared with the IS 250/IS 350 include:

  • Body-hugging sport seats
  • F logos all around 
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Ch...
Vehicle Overview

The rear-drive IS-F is a performance variant of the IS 250 and IS 350, which are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. The IS-F comes only as a sedan with a 416-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8. The other IS models come as a sedan and convertible with V-6 engines and an all-wheel-drive option for the sedans. Lexus claims the IS-F sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. It competes with the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
New for 2013
Lexus claims the 2013 IS-F's retuned suspension offers better turn-in and dynamics. A scratch-resistant clearcoat paint is now used, and the available navigation system features the latest version of Lexus Enform communication system and App Suite smartphone-application integration.
Exterior
Cosmetic exterior and interior changes are always part of the high-performance package. Exterior changes compared with the IS 250/IS 350 include:

  • Wider fenders
  • Flared bumper with a larger mouth 
  • Vents behind the front wheels 
  • High-domed hood 
  • Quad tailpipes 
  • Small trunk lid spoiler
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires

Interior
A USB/iPod connector is standard, and the IS-F comes with the Lexus Safety Connect system, which is similar to GM's OnStar service. It comes with a year's worth of service free; after that you'll have to pay a subscription fee. IS-F interior changes compared with the IS 250/IS 350 include:

  • Body-hugging sport seats
  • F logos all around 
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Chrome shift paddles

Under the Hood
The 416-hp V-8 cranks out 371 pounds-feet of torque; the redline is 7,000 rpm. The IS-F has one transmission — with enough gears for two. The eight-speed automatic has a manual mode and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. There is no true manual available. Lexus says the transmission, which it calls Sport Direct Shift, changes gears within one-tenth of a second and executes rev matching for smoother downshifts and decreased wear. Not to be confused with some automated-manual transmissions, this one uses a fluidic torque converter. Mechanical features include:

  • Brakes with cross-drilled discs and six- and two-piston calipers in the front and rear, respectively
  • Brembo-brand calipers are gloss black and bear the Lexus logo 
  • Car sits 1 inch lower than the IS 250/IS 350
  • Stability system's Sport mode allows more wheelspin and sliding before intervening

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Front knee airbags
  • Side-impact torso-protection airbags for the front seats 
  • Side curtain airbags in both rows 
  • Seat belt pretensioners for front seats and outboard rear seats 
  • All-disc antilock brakes 
  • Electronic stability system
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, which Lexus says is meant to integrate all systems to anticipate skids and react faster than an electronic stability system alone

Latest 2013 IS-F Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Beast in Sheep's Clothing

by Tire Nemisis from Houston, TX on February 17, 2014

Ultimate sleeper. This car has a real Jeckle and Hyde personality. The IS F was allocated more track development resources than any other car in Toyota history, and it shows. It has proven to be ... Read full review

(5.0)

What a surprise!

by First time Lexus buyer from New York on November 15, 2013

It is astounding to me that this is a Lexus - the handling is terrific and the engine is a beast. The wail this makes when it goes over 3,600 RPM has to be heard to be believed. This car goes from a ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Lexus IS-F currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Lexus IS-F has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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-F 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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