The 2023 Lexus IS 350 is now available in F Sport Design trim for a sportier exterior look. The 350 F Sport gains an available Handling Package, and a limited-run Special Appearance Package debuts on the IS 500 F Sport Premium. The Lexus IS line received its last redesign in 2021.
Choosing Your Lexus IS
The IS now comes in five trim levels: IS 300, IS 350 F Sport Design, IS 350 F Sport, IS 500 F Sport Performance, and IS 500 F Sport Performance Premium. Pricing starts at $41,085 and advances to $63,270 for the IS 500 F Sport Performance Premium.
The IS 300 starts with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. For $2,000, buyers can upgrade to a V6 and all-wheel drive.
The IS 350 F Sport Design and F Sport receive a high-output version of the V6 engine. AWD is available on these trims for $2,000. The IS 500 models come exclusively with RWD and a V8 engine.
|Engine Type||Trim Level||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder||IS 300 RWD||241 hp||258 lb-ft||25 mpg|
|3.5L V6||IS 300 AWD||260 hp||236 lb-ft||22 mpg|
|3.5L V6||IS 350 F Sport Design, IS 350 F Sport||311 hp||280 lb-ft||23 mpg|
|5.0L V8||IS 500 F Sport Performance, IS 500 F Sport Performance Premium||472 hp||395 lb-ft||20 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Lexus IS is a compact sport sedan with seating for five, although four will be more comfortable, especially on longer trips. The trunk is on the small side at 10.8 cubic feet, so the split-folding rear seat is a welcome feature.
Every IS comes loaded for safety. Standard fare includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, road sign recognition, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection.
Buyers can select front and rear parking sensors with reverse automatic braking for $565. A surround-view camera can be added to the bundle for a total cost of $1,365.
The standard infotainment system for the IS features an 8-inch touchscreen, 10 speakers, two USB ports, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The IS 300 and IS 350 F Sport are available with navigation ($1,670), which adds a 10.3-inch touchscreen. Navigation can be bundled with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system for $2,750. These features aren't available on the regular IS 500 F Sport Performance, but come standard on the IS 500 F Sport Performance Premium.
2023 Lexus IS 300 — MSRP From $41,085
The IS 300 starts off with eight-way power front seats, NuLuxe leatherette upholstery, proximity entry, auto-dimming side mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The $2,375 Comfort Package adds heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a sunroof, automatic wipers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with an integrated universal home remote. These items are also available in the $4,020 Premium Package, along with a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, black wood interior trim, auto-tilting side mirrors, a rear center armrest with cupholders, a power rear sunshade, and 19-inch wheels. Triple-beam LED headlights are a standalone option, priced at $1,250.
2023 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Design — MSRP From $44,160
The 350 F Sport Design gets the 311-hp V6 and a sport-tuned suspension, plus a front cool air intake, sport exhaust, performance instrumentation, aerodynamic body trim, and standard 19-inch wheels. Inside are heated and ventilated front sport seats, 10-way power driver adjustments, a heated sport steering wheel, and aluminum pedal covers. Automatic wipers are also standard. The sunroof can be added for $1,100.
2023 Lexus IS 350 F Sport — MSRP From $45,410
The 350 F Sport provides sporty interior trim elements and staggered-width 19-inch wheels. The F Sport Handling Package ($1,160) tacks on an adaptive sport suspension, a limited-slip rear differential, and additional driving modes. The $575 Memory Package adds the driver memory settings, power-adjustable steering wheel, and auto-tilting side mirrors. The sunroof remains optional.
2023 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance — MSRP From $58,770
The IS 500 F Sport Performance packs the V8 engine, plus the F Sport Handling package as standard. Other performance upgrades include larger brakes, stacked quad exhausts, Yamaha rear performance dampers, and 19-inch Enkei alloy wheels. A raised hood and dark chrome window surrounds complete the exterior look. The Memory Package and sunroof are standard on the IS 500. There are no factory options for this trim.
2023 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Premium — MSRP From $63,270
The F Sport Performance Premium picks up the remaining non-performance equipment: the Mark Levinson system, navigation, the triple-beam headlights, and the power sunshade. The new $1,500 Special Appearance Package matches a black hood and roof with ten-spoke Enkei wheels. Another version, priced at $3,570, features orange exterior paint, matte black BBS wheels, and a black interior.
The 2023 Lexus IS 300 is altogether more satisfying to drive with the V6 engine and AWD, and the combo is a bargain at $2,000. The 350 F Sport Design is indeed faster, but you'll have to upgrade to the F Sport with the Handling Package to get handling to match. The V8-powered IS 500 F Sport Performance line takes performance to a whole different level, which is reflected in its price.