2017 Lexus IS 200t
Which IS 200t does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
The 2017 Lexus IS 200t is the automaker's most accessible alternative to the well-known European luxury sedan competition. With a well-honed ride, ample features and low noise levels, it's got the refinement to be a convincing choice.
The IS line, which includes the 200t and the V6-powered IS 300 and IS 350, has never been the most sporting choice relative to its European rivals, and the current model is no exception. Acceleration from the 200t's four-cylinder engine is merely average, and the car's handling capabilities are nothing special. But it carves its own initials in the tree of entry-level luxury with its quiet cabin and well-executed ride quality, and it doesn't pummel you with overtly sport-oriented inclinations. Moreover, the 200t's style owes nothing to its German rivals.
Trim levels & features
Selecting a trim level for the 2017 IS 200t is a trivial affair, because there is but one. All IS 200t sedans are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (241 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) and drive the rear wheels solely through an eight-speed automatic transmission. (All-wheel drive is available via the V6-powered IS 300, reviewed separately.) A variety of option packages include some desirable features, but it helps to be decisive about which features you truly want because some of them are available in multiple packages or as standalone selections.
For instance, a backup camera is available on its own or bundled in the Premium or Luxury packages. Those packages have many other items that you may or may not want.
Standard equipment includes a solid array of features including LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, premium vinyl seat upholstery, a 10-speaker sound system, a 7-inch display screen, and keyless entry and ignition. Eighteen-inch wheels are optional, as is navigation, a heated steering wheel, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. If you're interested, check out the F Sport package, which includes revised exterior styling, a sport-tuned suspension, sport front seats and special interior trim.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use2
Getting in/getting out3
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite IS 200t safety features:
- Pre-Collision System
- This system detects and attempts to avoid front collisions by applying the brakes to assist the driver and reduce the speed of impact.
- Lane Departure Alert
- Alerts the driver when it detects that the car is deviating close to lane markings.
- Intelligent High Beam
- Automatically turns the high beams on or off depending on whether it detects oncoming traffic.
The 2017 Lexus IS 200t is the entry-level compact sedan for Toyota's premium brand. As such, it carries the torch for the Lexus characteristics of quality, reliability, comfort and sporty good looks. Although the IS 200t makes no pretense of equaling the performance of European luxury sport sedans, it does present an affordable alternative that provides a smooth ride, decent handling, and a host of desirable standard features.
For 2017, the IS 200t gets a styling refresh that includes revamped front and rear bumpers, revised taillights and exhaust tips, and a tweaked front grille. Inside, there are changes as well, such as a larger display screen for the navigation system, redesigned trim and new color choices. But probably the biggest news is that the formerly optional Lexus Safety System+ package is now standard equipment, providing such high-tech aids as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with steering assist.
The IS 200t gets its power from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission with standard paddle shifters. Fuel economy for the IS 200t is rated by the EPA at 26 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway).
On the road, IS 200t's strong suit is its velvety smooth acceleration and comfortable ride. The engine does its job competently and without drama, not thundering off the line but able to provide enough oomph for highway passing. All-out handling ability is not really the car's forte, but with good steering feel and excellent chassis and suspension dynamics, it's still possible to have a bit of cornering fun as long as you don't push the vehicle too hard.
The very quiet cabin boasts a clean, modern design and quality materials. Technology, a Lexus hallmark, is up to date with the latest Enform app suite and an available 10.3-inch display.
But interior space lags behind that of some competitors, especially when it comes to rear seat legroom. The people in front may find that the wide center console intrudes on their space to some degree. Trunk capacity is on the small side compared to what you'll find in other cars in this class, but you can increase it by folding down the rear seatbacks.
The IS 200t is well equipped and comes standard with such features as LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control and a premium sound system. Although there's only one trim level, buyers can personalize their vehicle with a Premium or Luxury package, as well as a variety of stand-alone options. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Lexus IS 200t that best meets your needs.
2017 Lexus IS 200t Overview
The 2017 Lexus IS 200t is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include , and 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2017 Lexus IS 200t?
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