2017 Lexus IS Review

2017 Lexus IS 200t photo
  1. Original MSRP$37,825
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)22/32 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan

2017 Lexus IS Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 Lexus IS 200t photo
  1. Original MSRP$37,825
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)22/32 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSedan


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 12/18/2017)

Luxury compacts usually bear an air of restraint, but the 2017 Lexus IS bucks this trend with sheet metal that is muscular and aggressive. Add in its responsive ride quality and tranquil cabin, and the Lexus IS becomes an intriguing choice.

The 2017 Lexus IS is a compact luxury sedan that seats five passengers, and it’s sold in 200t, 300 and 350 trim levels. Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

For 2017, the Lexus IS gets light cabin and sheet metal upgrades, and a new multimedia system with an available 10.3-inch screen. Notably, the active safety features in the Lexus Safety System+ package have been added as standard equipment across the model line.


The design language for most compact luxury sedans is all about understated refinement, but the 2017 Lexus IS bears sheet metal that makes a much more extroverted statement. In front, scowling LED headlights grimace alongside a tall spindle-shaped grille. Seventeen-inch wheels help the athletic-looking IS grip the pavement, and a rear view reveals standard LED brake lights and taillights.

Base models come with a power sunroof and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Upgrades include 18-inch wheels and auto-dimming side mirrors with memory settings.


The 2017 Lexus IS offers a cabin that’s competently constructed. You’ll find reasonable amounts of room in the front row, but certain rivals offer a more spacious second row. Cargo capacity is modest, and the IS offers just 10.8 cubic feet for your belongings.

Base models come with leatherette upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and power door locks and windows,. Models with all-wheel drive come standard with heated front seats. The list of available features includes leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, memory settings for the driver’s seat and steering column and genuine wood or silver performance trim.


The 2017 Lexus IS blends comfortable ride quality with engaging handling. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on rear-wheel-drive models. All-wheel drive is standard on the IS 300 and available on the IS 350, and this feature brings in a six-speed automatic transmission.

The IS 200t is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine good for 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and this power plant has an EPA rating of 22/32 mpg city/highway. With the IS 300, you get a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 255 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque, and this model gets fuel economy ratings of 19/26 mpg.The IS 350 uses the same V6, but it’s been tuned to deliver 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This model has an EPA rating of up to 19/28 mpg.


The 2017 Lexus IS keeps passengers comfortable and entertained with an amenable lineup of technology features. Base models come with HD radio, a 7-inch display screen, an in-dash CD player, satellite radio, USB connectivity, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a 10-speaker sound system and a Scout GPS Link turn-by-turn navigation app. All models come standard with the Lexus Safety System+ suite of active safety features, and this includes a pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high beams and adaptive cruise control.

The list of available features includes navigation, a rearview camera with dynamic gridlines, a 10.3-inch display screen, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Atomic Silver
  • Caviar
  • Redline
  • Nightfall Mica
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0
  • Ultra White
  • Obsidian
  • Silver Lining Metallic
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 17.0 X 7.5 Inches
  • Tire Type: 225/45r17
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Front Air Dam
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip
  • Grille Color: Black With Chrome Accents/Chrome Surround
  • Window Trim: Chrome
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Body style

  • Sedan
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 71.3 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 5.3 Inches
  • Width: 79.8 Inches
  • Length: 184.3 Inches
  • Height: 56.3 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 110.2 Inches
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 4630 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 61 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 3583 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 60.4 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Vents: Second Row
  • Armrests: Rear Center Folding With Storage/Rear Center With Cupholders
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Door Trim: Leatherette
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Interior Accents: Metallic-tone
  • Door Sill Trim: Scuff Plate/Stainless Steel
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Watts: 293
  • Digital Sound Processing
  • Total Speakers: 10
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Voice Operated
  • Infotainment: Enform
  • Seats

  • 10-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Sport Bucket Front Seats
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • 60-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Upholstery: Leatherette
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 90.2 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Hip Room: 54.3 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 55.9 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 54 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 32.2 Inches
  • Front Legroom: 44.8 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 38.2 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 36.9 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 10.8 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 53.4 Inches
  • Telematics systems

  • Driver Assistance App: Roadside Assistance
  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Navigation App: Scout
  • Phone: Hands Free
  • Real Time Traffic
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.13
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 22
  • Highway (MPG): 32
  • Combined (MPG): 26
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.0
  • Horsepower: 241
  • Torque: 258
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 8-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 8
  • Performance Specifications

  • Acceleration (0-60MPH): 6.9
  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.28
  • Turning Circle: 34.2
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Double Wishbone
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 72 Months/70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 72 Months


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Lane Keeping Assist
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  5. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  6. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  7. Lane Deviation Sensors
  8. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  9. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  10. Pre-collision Warning System: Audible Warning/visual Warning
  11. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  12. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  13. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  14. Impact Sensor: Door Unlock/fuel Cut-off
  15. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  16. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  17. Autonomous Braking
  18. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  19. Safety Brake Pedal System
  20. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  21. Emergency Interior Trunk Release
  22. Brake Assist: Standard
  23. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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