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2018 Lexus IS 300

Original MSRP Range
$38,210--$40,660
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
19--22 MPG City / 26--32 MPG Hwy
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2018 Lexus IS 300

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

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Lexus IS 300?

The car formerly known as the IS 200t with the 4-cylinder engine has been renamed the IS 300. The previous IS 300 with a V6 gets a little boost in output from 255 to 260 horsepower and is linked to an all-wheel drive system. The IS 350 also receives a bump in power from 306 to 311 hp. In all cases, torque stays the same and fuel consumption is, if anything, slightly better than before.

Lexus Enform Safety Connect is now free for the first 10 years, as is the Lexus Enform Service Connect plan.

There's also been some restructuring of the options. A rearview camera is now standard throughout the range, adaptive headlights join the options list, and the F Sport versions offer some new extras. See the 2018 Lexus IS models for sale near you

Which IS 300 is the Best?

The rear-drive IS 300 seems perfectly 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.

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IS 300 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
IS Models IS 300 AWD$40,660 / $37,8144 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder26019 / 266-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
IS Models IS 300 F Sport AWD$40,660 / $37,8144 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder26019 / 266-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
IS Models IS 300 F Sport RWD$38,210 / $35,5354 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder24122 / 326-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
IS Models IS 300 RWD$38,210 / $35,5354 Cylinder Turbo / 6 Cylinder24122 / 326-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2018 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

$52,711 ($0.70 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
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
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • F SPORT Pkg
  • F SPORT Pkg
  • Comfort Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Pkg
  • Safety System+

Competition

2018 Lexus IS 300 vs the competition

2018 Audi A4 -- Ultra-refined and offering plenty of cutting-edge tech.

2018 BMW 3 Series -- The godfather of compact premium sedans. Superb to drive. A new generation is due soon.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- Incredibly impressive, like an S-Class but scaled down.

2018 Cadillac ATS -- Well-rounded and world-class.

2018 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.

Lexus IS 300 News & Reviews

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