2019 Lexus IS 350 Reviews

2019 IS 350 New Car Test Drive

Introduction

The 2019 Lexus IS sport sedan woos drivers from the usual German hardware with its enviable reputation for durability-and with spirited performance.

Sold with either a turbo-4 or a V-6 engine, it returns for the model year with few changes.

The rear-wheel-drive IS 300 taps a 2.0-liter turbo-4 for 241 horsepower. It changes gears with an 8-speed automatic and comes with rear-wheel drive-though there's also an IS 300 with all-wheel drive that adopts a 3.5-liter V-6 with 260 hp and a 6-speed automatic. 

At the top of the lineup, the IS 350 installs a 3.5-liter V-6 with 311 horsepower and pairs it with an excellent 8-speed automatic when it's configured with rear-wheel drive, or a 6-speed automatic when it's fitted with all-wheel drive. In all editions, the 2019 Lexus IS offers spirited handling on a balanced chassis and grippy tires. 

Fuel economy in the rear-wheel-drive IS 300 is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city, 32 highway, 26 combined, on premium fuel. The all-wheel-drive IS 300 drops by 4 mpg. 

The rear-wheel drive IS 350 is pegged at 19/28/22 mpg; the all-wheel-drive version is scored at 19/26/21 mpg, also on premium fuel. 

The NHTSA awards the IS five stars overall, with four stars for front impact protection. The IIHS has called it a Top Safety Pick. Standard active safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control,. Options include blind-spot monitors. 

Lineup

At about $39,000, the base IS 300 offers standard equipment LED headlights, synthetic leather upholstery, a moonroof, 7.0-inch infotainment display, and 17-inch wheels.

A Premium package adds heated and cooled front seats and blind-spot monitors. Other packages add a 10.3-inch display and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, as well as leather seats.

The F Sport package gains sport seats, adaptive dampers, and restyled front and rear bumpers.

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