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2019 Lexus IS 300

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19--21 MPG City / 26--30 MPG Hwy
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2019 Lexus IS 300

What We Like

  • Quality and comfort
  • Silky V6 engines
  • Overall high level of standard equipment

What We Don't

  • Remote Touch navigation interface somewhat fussy to use
  • 6-speed automatic transmission becoming dated


Expert Rating

4.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5


What's New in the 2019 Lexus IS 300?

Revised ECU programming on rear-wheel drive IS 300s for improved throttle response, optimized transmission shifts and quicker turbocharger response. New options: Triple beam headlights and Lexus Enform Remote (smart watch and Amazon Alexa skill integration). See the 2019 Lexus IS models for sale near you

Which IS 300 is the Best?

The RWD IS 300 seems reasonable enough for most people's requirements. Add the Comfort package (for the blind-spot monitoring system in particular) and, if possible, the Mark Levinson audio setup, which is superb. Find a Lexus IS for sale

How Much Does a 2019 Lexus IS 300 Cost?

The 2019 Lexus IS comes in 300 RWD, 300 AWD and 350 models. All prices include the factory delivery charge.

Standard equipment in the rear-drive IS 300 ($39,435) includes 17-in wheels, LED headlights/running lights/fog lights/taillights, heated side mirrors, a powered sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a self-dimming rearview mirror, 8-way power front seats (with power lumbar adjustment for the driver), premium vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-in display, voice command capability, Siri Eyes Free and a 10-speaker/293-watt audio system with CD player, HD/satellite radio and two USB ports.

Features are pretty much the same for the IS 300 AWD ($41,885) and the IS 350/350 AWD ($43,055/$45,220), except for the engines and a few other details like heated front seats in AWD versions, and the IS 350 gets 18-in wheels.

A Premium package brings heated/ventilated front seats. A Navigation package is eligible for the excellent 835-watt/15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.

The Comfort package consists of blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, self-dimming side mirrors and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

Other options include adaptive headlights, triple-beam headlights, parking sensors front and rear, leather upholstery, wood trim, Enform Remote and a heated steering wheel.

All IS trims 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 out back) and a choice of summer (high-performance) or all-season tires, plus high-friction brake pads and a sportier suspension. It also entails a different front bumper design that removes the fog lights.

Interior F Sport features include front sport seats with extra lateral support and heated/ventilated functions, aluminum pedals, a black headliner, perforated leather trim and a dedicated instrument cluster. There's even an engine sound amplifier (unavailable in the 4-cylinder IS 300 RWD) that brings a sportier V6 growl into the cabin.

The RWD version of the F Sport-equipped IS 350 comes with adaptive dampers. This variant can also come with a variable-ratio steering system, a limited-slip rear differential and powered adjustment for the steering wheel.

Trunk capacity is 10.8 cu ft., approximately enough for five pieces of aircraft carry-on luggage. For extra space, the rear seat backs can also split 60/40 and fold down (but not totally flat).

IS 300 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
IS Models IS 300 AWD$41,010 / $38,1394 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder26019 / 266-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
IS Models IS 300 F SPORT AWD$41,010 / $38,1394 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder26019 / 266-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
IS Models IS 300 F SPORT RWD$38,560 / $35,8614 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder24121 / 306-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
IS Models IS 300 RWD$38,560 / $35,8614 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder24121 / 306-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2019 Lexus IS 300 a Safe Car?

Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction/stability control and 10 airbags. Lexus Enform Safety Connect brings automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location and an emergency assistance call button.

The standard Lexus Safety System Plus includes adaptive cruise control, a forward-collision mitigation system that tightens the front seat belts and boosts braking power if necessary, lane-departure warning system and intelligent high beams.

Among the options are front and rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

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

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5 Year Cost to Own

$49,480 ($0.66 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

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
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • F SPORT Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Pkg
  • Safety System+
  • Navigation Pkg
  • Preferred Accessory Pkg
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2019 Lexus IS 300 vs the competition

2019 Audi A4 -- Ultra-refined and offering plenty of cutting-edge tech.

2019 BMW 3 Series -- The godfather of compact premium sedans. Superb to drive.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- Incredibly impressive, like an S-Class but scaled down.

2019 Cadillac ATS -- Well-rounded and world-class.

2019 Jaguar XE -- Slinky suspension, sleek looks and great equipment choices.

Used Audi A6 -- So good in so many respects, it's almost unfair to the rest of the car world.

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