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2016 Lexus IS 300

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2016 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $39,700


Only two versions of Lexus’s compact luxury-sport sedan were available last year, but the total has been raised by one. Each is differentiated by its engine. In addition to a new IS 200t with a turbo four-cylinder and a carryover IS 350, an IS 300 has returned to the lineup after a decade’s absence. Offered only with all-wheel drive, the new IS 300 is meant to attract shoppers who would previously have chosen an IS 250 (which has been dropped).

What's New for 2016

The V6 engine is new, but otherwise, the IS 300 is essentially identical to its mates: the new IS 200t and carryover IS 350. Only all-wheel drive is available, whereas the IS 200t is rear-drive and the IS 350 comes either way. Lexus's signature spindle grille has been slightly revised to look more three-dimensional, within a chrome-plated frame. An optional Premium Plus Package includes a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers.

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Choosing Your Lexus IS 300

Although the all-wheel-drive IS 300 occupies the middle point of the trio, its new 3.5-liter V6 engine has considerably less power than the same-size V6 in the IS 350. At 255 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, delivered from 2,000 to 4,800 rpm, it’s not much more potent than the new turbocharged four-cylinder in the rear-drive IS 200t. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at 19 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway (21 mpg combined), which is exactly the same as the estimate for the more powerful IS 350 AWD.

All-wheel drive was developed to respond to road conditions, varying the front/rear torque ratio from 30:70 to an even 50:50. Electronic power steering is derived from the larger Lexus GS sedan. A Drive Mode Select system has four modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow. Like the other IS models, the IS 300 can be fitted with an F Sport package.

Lexus IS 300

IS 300

Priced at $39,700, the all-wheel drive IS 300 has standard equipment similar to other members of the IS trio. Included are 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, a moonroof, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Display Audio system provides HD radio with traffic and weather updates, as well as Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity.

Options include a pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a 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).

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F Sport

For an additional $2,145, the F Sport adds an adaptive variable suspension system with Sport S and Sport S+ modes. Lexus claims that its “deeper and more aggressive” styling, front and rear, 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. Instruments were inspired by gauges used in the Lexus LFA supercar.

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Compared to the new IS 200t with its turbocharged engine, or the more potent IS 350, it’s hard to make a compelling case for the IS 300. The exception would be shoppers who emphatically favor all-wheel drive, but don’t need or want the additional power of an IS 350. If the F Sport is tempting, remember that it doesn’t affect performance, except for adding an adaptive suspension. Most F Sport extras are cosmetic in nature, or deliver greater comfort.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 255 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 255 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 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
3,737 Lbs.
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Painted Aluminum / 18.0 " Painted Forged 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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