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2016 Lexus IS 200t

Original MSRP Range
$37,325
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
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2016 Lexus IS 200t

What We Like

Quality; comfort; silky V6 engines; overall level of standard equipment

What We Don't

Remote Touch navigation interface somewhat fiddly to use; 6-speed automatic transmission becoming dated; at this level, the rearview camera ought to be standard

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.6/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2016 Lexus IS 200t?

The IS 250 has been discontinued and replaced by the IS 200t (which uses a 4-cylinder turbo engine). A new IS 300 model joins the lineup with a 3.5-liter V6 and all-wheel drive. The convertible models have also been discontinued. A heated steering wheel is available as a stand-alone option. See the 2016 Lexus IS models for sale near you

Which IS 200t is the Best?

At last, the 2016 Lexus IS offers a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which is the popular way to go for decent power and lower emissions. The more muscular V6 engine, however, feels completely appropriate in a luxury car. Find a Lexus IS for sale

 

How Much Does a 2016 Lexus IS 200t Cost?

The model choices are the IS 200t, IS 300 and IS 350.

Standard equipment in the IS 200t ($38,275) includes 17-inch wheels (the IS 350 gets 18-in wheels), xenon headlights, LED running lights/fog lights/taillights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a manual tilt-telescopic steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 8-way power front seats (with power lumbar adjustment for the driver), premium vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, an 8-in display, voice command capability, Siri Eyes Free and an 8-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD Radio and satellite radio, and two USB ports.

Features are pretty much the same for the IS 300 ($40,650) and the IS 350 ($41,820) except for the engines and a few other notable exceptions.

A Premium option bundle brings LED headlights, heated/ventilated front seats and a rearview camera. Premium Plus means automatic wipers, a power adjustable steering wheel and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. There's also a Navigation package that's eligible for the excellent 835-watt/15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.

The Luxury package incorporates equipment from the Premium and Premium Plus packages, then adds parking sensors in the front and rear, self-dimming side mirrors, leather upholstery, wood trim, a heated steering wheel and driver's-seat memory settings.

All three IS cars are eligible for the F SPORT package. This includes an all-mesh grille, 18-in wheels with wider tires at the rear (18x8 up front; 18x8.5 in back) and a choice of summer (high-performance) or all-season tires, plus LED headlights, high-friction brake pads and a sport-tuned suspension. It also entails a different front bumper design that deletes the fog lights.

Interior F SPORT features include front sport seats with extra lateral support and heated/ventilated functions, aluminum pedals, black headliner, perforated leather trim and a dedicated instrument cluster. There's even an engine sound amplifier (unavailable in the 4-cylinder IS 200t) that brings a sportier V6 snort into the cabin.

The rear-drive version of the F SPORT-equipped IS 350 comes with adaptive dampers. This particular variant can also come with a variable-ratio steering system and powered adjustment for the steering wheel.

Trunk capacity is 13.8 cu ft., better than the class average. For extra space, the rear seatbacks can also split 60/40 and fold down.

IS 200t Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
IS Models 4dr Sdn$37,325 / $34,7134 Cylinder Turbo24122 / 338-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Safety

Is the 2016 Lexus IS 200t a Safe Car?

Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction/stability control and 10 airbags. Lexus Enform Safety Connect is also part of the deal (a free 12-month trial subscription), bringing automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location and an emergency assistance call button.

Among the options are a rearview camera, automatic headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and a lane departure-warning system. Adaptive cruise control (also optional) includes a collision-mitigation system that tightens the front seat belts and boosts braking power if necessary.

In government crash tests, the Lexus IS 350 scored five out of five stars overall: four for frontal crash protection and five for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the IS the top rating of Good in its main categories and made it a Top Safety Pick+.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance1 Years/10,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Blind-Spot Monitor
  • Luxury Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Premium Plus Pkg
  • F SPORT Pkg

Competition

2016 Lexus IS 200t vs the competition

2016 BMW 3 Series -- The 3 Series is the godfather of compact premium sedans and superb to drive.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- Like an S-Class, the C-Class is incredibly impressive yet smaller.

2016 Cadillac ATS -- The ATS is well rounded and world-class.

2016 Jaguar XE -- All new, this Jaguar has a slinky suspension, sleek looks and great equipment choices.

2017 Audi A4 -- A new generation of the A4 is coming soon, and the anticipation is almost unbearable.

Used Audi A6 -- The A6 is so good in so many respects that it's almost unfair on the rest of the car world.

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