If you’re looking for information on a newer Lexus IS, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Lexus IS Review
If you’re going to compete with German luxury brands, you can’t just be good — you have to be great. Well, the 2016 Lexus IS is that and then some. We have five reasons why you should take a close look at this refined and sporty luxury sedan.
Across the board on all three trims, the IS is an exceptional drive. The IS 200t offers a peppy turbocharged 241 horsepower, and the IS 300 delivers 255 hp. Meanwhile, our 350 F SPORT test car comes in with a commanding 306 hp and is also offered with rear-wheel drive. Driving the IS is an experience in itself: From the chassis and track-tuned suspension to its famed Lexus precision, the IS means serious business on the road.
Easy on the Eyes
The IS has a unique, aggressive spindle grill in front and finishes nice and clean on the rear. Standard are LED running lights and 17-inch wheels, with the exception of the IS 350 model we drove, which has standard 18-in wheels. Credit goes to the Lexus design team — the IS is a definite head turner. See the 2016 Lexus IS models for sale near you
Lexus offers some amazing features at a price that its German rivals have a hard time matching. Our F SPORT model boasts a display inspired by the brand’s LFA supercar, and we especially like the optional 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system. If a 5-star overall government crash-test rating doesn’t suffice, you can opt for the Luxury package, which includes a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert for even greater peace of mind.
Ready to hit the road? Putting the drive mode selector in Sport S or Sport+ mode gives you a tighter suspension and enhances performance. Through turns, the IS inspires confidence, not just while braking and accelerating but also in its overall feel. The IS is ready for every driving mood, and it’s sure to hand out some chills and thrills.
Inside the IS, you’ll be greeted by a lavish interior with high-quality materials throughout. Our F SPORT boasts comfortable, perforated leather seats, dual-zone climate control with smog-sensing capability and power rear sunshades for the kids. And that’s just the start: The IS is equipped with exquisite details that go above and beyond.
These days, you don’t need an executive, supersize luxury sedan to feel elite. The 2016 Lexus IS is reasonable, reliable and certainly performance-ready. Get to your Lexus dealer, and prepare to be impressed by the IS. Find a Lexus IS for sale