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2016 Lexus IS 200t

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Lexus is introducing something new and different for its compact luxury-sport sedan in 2016: a turbocharged engine choice. In addition to two V6 models (IS 300 and IS 350), the lineup now includes a lower-priced IS 200t with a 241-horsepower four-cylinder. It’s the first turbocharged engine in an IS model. Making the IS 200t a turbo, offered only with rear-drive, constitutes a notable shift in strategy for the model.

What's New for 2016

Roughly replacing the previous IS 250, the IS 200t is a new model for 2016. Other than the new engine, however, it’s essentially a carryover from the 2015 IS series, with only minor updates. Lexus's signature spindle grille now has a more three-dimensional look, within a chrome-plated frame. An optional Premium Plus Package includes a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. A heated steering wheel is available.

Lexus IS 200t

Choosing Your Lexus IS 200t

The twin-scroll turbocharged 2-liter engine develops 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That torque level is available through a wide range: from 1,650 to 4,400 rpm. An eight-speed automatic transmission conveys power to the rear wheels. The turbo engine was first developed for the Lexus NX crossover. Fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway (26 mpg combined). That compares to 19/28 mpg (22 combined) for the V6-powered IS 350.

Electronic power steering is derived from the larger Lexus GS sedan. A Drive Mode Select system has Eco, Normal, and Sport modes. Like the other IS models, the IS 200t can be fitted with an F Sport package.

Lexus IS 200t

IS 200t

Standard equipment is similar to the IS 300 and IS 350, except for the engine. Carrying an MSRP of $37,425, the rear-drive IS 200t comes with 10 airbags, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, pushbutton start, and power front seats. High-intensity-discharge headlights are standard, along with LED daytime running lights. Also included are a moonroof, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Display Audio system features a seven-inch screen and provides HD radio with traffic and weather updates, as well as Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity. A feature called “cache radio” can actually pause live radio broadcasts. Lexus Enform Safety Connect telematics is included.

Options include a pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, power rear sunshade, intuitive parking assist, a heated steering wheel, and a backup camera. Premium, Premium Plus, Luxury, Navigation, and Navigation/Mark Levinson audio packages are available. Lexus's navigation system features a Remote Touch Interface system (essentially, a point-and-click controller).

Lexus IS 200t

F Sport

For $3,445 additional, the F Sport has an adaptive variable suspension system with Sport S and Sport S+ modes. Lexus claims that the F Sport’s bolder front and rear styling yields a "more sporting personality," even though performance changes little. Standard equipment includes different wheels, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum pedals, black headliner, projector LED headlights, backup camera, and heated/ventilated front seats.

CarsDirect Tip

Adding the turbocharged engine for 2016 gives IS buyers an appealing alternative to V6 power. All the more so, because its gas-mileage estimate is considerably more thrifty. As for the F Sport, bear in mind that except for the benefits of adaptive suspension, performance is no different from a regular IS 200t. It's mainly a question of style.

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A new member of the Lexus IS family, the 2016 IS 200t adds a fuel-efficient and powerful turbocharged engine option to the popular IS luxury compact sport sedan line up. Complementing the lineup's refined luxury and excellent driving dynamics, the new IS 200t strives to offer a pleasing balance of performance and fuel economy.

Pricing and Equipment

The rear-wheel drive 2016 Lexus IS 200t is powered by a two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The enthusiast-inspired F Sport model adds aggressive styling touches inside and out, eighteen-inch wheels, and enhances the IS 200t’s stock suspension.

Base pricing ranges from $37,325* for the IS 200t to $40,870* for the IS 200t F Sport.

*MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee of $950.

Standard feature highlights include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Ten-speaker 265-watt Audio
  • Wireless Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • Leatherette seating
  • Dual-zone climate control

Performance Pros

Lexus IS 200t

The 2016 Lexus IS 200t is equipped with a 241-horsepower 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to the Lexus twin scroll turbocharger the IS 200t has an extremely wide powerband that provides peak torque from 1,650 rpm to 4,400 rpm.

  • Acceleration is excellent, especially considering the five-passenger sedan's luxurious nature, abundant utility and outstanding fuel efficiency of 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Zipping from zero to 60 mph only takes 6.9 seconds.
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters augment a drive mode select system dial in a driver's preference toward economy, comfort, or performance and handling.
  • The IS 200t offers excellent handling and comfortable cruising thanks to Lexus’ refined suspension. While not the fastest sedan in the Lexus arsenal, the new turbocharged engine provides more than adequate power for the IS 200t, making the smaller engine appealing, especially if fuel efficiency is important.

Performance Cons

Lexus has decided not to offer the IS 200t with all-wheel drive. Consumers looking for the superior handling and all-weather capability will want to investigate the IS 300 AWD.

The F Sport trim certainly adds some eye-popping style and enhanced handling but horsepower, torque, acceleration and top speed numbers remain unchanged.

Interior Pros

Lexus IS 200t

The well-designed, driver-centric cabin provides excellent access to the IS 200t’s controls and features. Lexus has a knack for building interiors that exude restrained luxury, even in their entry-level vehicles and the IS 200t is a prime example. The stock leatherette seats are comfortable and only get better when buyers opt for the F Sport package.

  • The 2016 Lexus IS 200t is one of the rare compact sedans that actually provides enough room in the back seat for adults. If you are looking for an efficient luxury sedan that works well for families with older children, the IS is a great place to start your search.
  • The Lexus infotainment system is easy to use and provides "real button" redundancy for most features. The base audio system is clear and powerful and features USB and wireless Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.
  • The Lexus Enform Remote Mobile App allows owners to remotely view information about certain aspects of their Lexus vehicle by configuring a mobile application that virtually tethers the IS 200t to a smartphone.

Interior Cons

  • While the leatherette is attractive and will arguably last longer and wear better, I wish premium brands would get back to putting real leather back on the seats.
  • The navigation uses a mouse-like interface that can be a little tricky to use.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

When you look at the IS 200t and then climb inside and realize that Lexus really has built a sedan that seats four—or, even, five—adults comfortably, you can’t help but realize that 33 mpg on the highway is incredible.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The IS 200t deserves an all-wheel drive model. Fuel economy and optimal all-weather driving shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.

The Bottom Line

Lexus IS 200t

The Lexus IS has always been a strong competitor in the compact luxury sedan marketplace. With the addition of the fuel-efficient and powerful turbocharged 2016 Lexus IS 200t, the formula is only improved. For families looking for an upscale vehicle that is backed by Lexus’ long-standing reputation for reliability and quality, the IS 200t makes an excellent choice.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 241 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 33 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 241 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 33 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
17.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
90 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
183.7 "
Exterior Width
71.3 "
Exterior Height
56.3 "
Front Headroom
38.2 "
Rear Headroom
36.9 "
Front Legroom
44.8 "
Rear Legroom
32.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,583 Lbs.
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
17.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Painted Forged Aluminum / 18.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Badging / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated / Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
8 / 15 Mark Levinson
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Telescopic Tilt Style / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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