2016 Lexus IS 200t and IS 300 AWD Introduced, Bound for Dealerships This Fall | Edmunds

2016 Lexus IS 200t and IS 300 AWD Introduced, Bound for Dealerships This Fall


TORRANCE, California — The 2016 Lexus IS sedan arrives at Lexus dealerships this fall with a new three-model strategy that includes the 2016 IS 200t, IS 300 AWD and IS 350 models.

The previous IS 250 models are discontinued.

The new 2016 IS 200t features a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive only.

Pricing starts at $38,265, including a $940 destination charge, according to Lexus. In comparison, the outgoing 2015 IS 250 is priced at $37,475, including a $925 destination charge.

The Lexus destination charge will increase by $15 with the start of the new model year.

The entry-level all-wheel-drive IS is now the new 2016 Lexus IS 300 AWD, priced at $40,640, including shipping. It is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine good for 255 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Lexus IS 350 carries over, featuring a 306-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. It starts at $41,810, including shipping.

The top-of-the-line 2016 Lexus IS 350 AWD model is priced at $43,975, including shipping. It is equipped with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and obviously all-wheel drive.

There are other, minor updates for 2016. IS 350 models feature standard 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel is available as a stand-alone option and a new Premium Plus package features automatic wipers and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

An F Sport package is also available for all IS models. It bundles unique 18-inch wheels and special suspension tuning, along with special interior and exterior trim.

Key competitors to the IS include the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Edmunds says: A new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes the entry Lexus IS a far more competitive sport sedan.

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