2017 Lexus IS 300

2017 Lexus IS 300
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2017 Lexus IS 300
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Pros

  • Smooth and comfortable ride quality on bumpy roads
  • Cabin is well isolated from noise
  • More features for your money compared to German alternatives

Cons

  • V6 power is comparable to smaller turbo engines but not as efficient
  • Short on trunk space and small item in-cabin storage
  • Handling capabilities do little to create driver excitement
  • Optional Remote Touch infotainment system is distracting to use
Lexus IS 300 years
2017


Which IS 300 does Edmunds recommend?

There is only one engine for the IS 300, and it's the only IS variant that comes standard with all-wheel drive. You might also want to check out the more powerful IS 350, which can be had with all-wheel drive, too. As for the IS 300, it's all about the packages. We'd get the Luxury package, which bundles a lot of great features, though you can also get many of these features a la carte. We aren't fans of Lexus' Remote Touch infotainment interface, so we'd pass on the Navigation package. For music fans, unfortunately, there is no way to upgrade to the Mark Levinson premium audio system without the navigation system.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

The 2017 Lexus IS 300 is one of the more aggressively styled luxury compacts, even if performance isn't a primary focus. But considering its all-wheel drive, well-honed ride, ample features and low noise levels, it's got enough going for it to be a convincing choice.

The IS 300 is the midgrade model introduced just last year, slotting in between the turbocharged IS 200t and range-topping IS 350. The IS 300 gets a slightly detuned version of the 350 model's 3.5-liter V6 engine and comes solely with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. There are some drawbacks, such as lackluster performance and a lack of storage and rear legroom. But overall we think the IS 300 will appeal to many shoppers looking for a small luxury sedan.

Trim levels & features

The 2017 Lexus IS 300 is the midlevel model in the IS lineup, between the turbocharged IS 200t and top trim IS 350. There are no actual trim levels, only packages, though the F Sport package adds exterior design elements and more performance-tuned hardware that would certainly alter the character of the IS 300. The IS 300 comes with a detuned version of the 3.5-liter V6 engine (255 horsepower, 236 pound-feet of torque) in the IS 350, plus standard all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. 

Standard equipment highlights for the IS 300 includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, premium vinyl upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth, an 8-inch color display, voice commands and an eight-speaker sound system. Lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning system with automatic braking are also standard this year.

A number of packages are available for the IS 300. The smaller ones are the Premium and Premium Plus packages. The former includes heated and ventilated front seats and a rearview camera, and the latter adds automatic wipers, a power-adjustable steering wheel and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Luxury package, which is one we recommend for this IS model, includes all of the above items plus auto-dimming exterior mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel rim and driver-seat memory functions.

The Navigation package replaces the standard infotainment control dial with Lexus' Remote Touch mouse-type controller and adds a navigation system with a larger 10.3-inch display. A 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system can be specified, but it must include the Navigation package.

Finally, there's the F Sport package for those who want to up the sporting factor of their car. It includes a full-mesh front grille, a revised front bumper, twin-projector LED headlights, staggered-width 18-inch wheels (with either summer or all-season tires), a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brake pads, an intake sound generator that amplifies engine noise during acceleration, heated and ventilated front sport seats with enhanced bolstering, perforated leather trim and a special sport-oriented gauge cluster. Because the IS 300's primary focus isn't performance, the F Sport package seems a little misplaced here.

A few other stand-alone options, in addition to some of the above items, include a power rear sunshade, and remote vehicle control function (door locking and unlocking, cabin ventilation, vehicle finder, etc.) via a smartphone app through the Lexus Enform system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Lexus IS 200t with the F Sport package (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | RWD). The 2017 Lexus IS 300 produces slightly more power and is all-wheel-drive, but our finds remain broadly applicable.

Driving

3
The highlight of the IS 200t is the new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which is better in every way than the small V6 it replaces. Handling dynamics aren't this car's strongest suit, though you can still have fun whipping this luxury compact around a bend or two.

Acceleration

This IS is generally not as quick as the class equivalents. Lexus says to expect a 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds for the IS 300. That's decent, but many rival sedans with six-cylinder upgrade engines are quicker still.

Braking

2.5
The brake pedal travel is surprisingly short and stiff for a Lexus and lacks a sense of stopping power. In our emergency panic-braking test, an IS 200t with the F Sport package stopped from 60 mph in 117 feet, which is below average for a car on summer-rated tires.

Steering

3
The electric steering builds effort that provides a natural and direct response, but it lacks road feel, which is important if your front tires ever lose grip. The IS fails to provide confidence in this area, which is critical for spirited driving or low-grip situations.

Handling

3
Even with the stickier optional 18-inch summer tires and sport suspension from the F Sport package, the IS has a tendency to push over the limits of front tire grip. Quick directional changes are more to its liking than long, sustained corners, so choose your back roads accordingly.

Comfort

4
Excellent ride comfort and the serene quietness of the 2017 IS 300's cabin are the big standouts in this area. We are also happy with the seats, though sitting in the saddle for a few hours can take a small toll on your lower back due to some mismatched lumbar ergonomics.

Seat comfort

2.5
There's adequate lateral seat support, and the optional ventilation and heating work well. The amount of lumbar support is adjustable, but the position is fixed and sits too high to provide long-distance comfort for an average-size driver.

Ride comfort

5
The IS delivers combines solid body control with smooth compliance at all the right times. Bumps and impacts are absorbed without issue, yet there's no hint of a marshmallowy ride or overly soft suspension tune. Very good.

Noise & vibration

4.5
Great attention went into the IS 300's cabin soundproofing. Road and wind noise is sufficiently silenced, and you don't hear much of the engine. Quiet cabins are more comfortable and can promote calmer reactions in emergencies.

Climate control

4.5
Lexus managed to make the climate controls easy to use while adding cool touch sliders for the temperature adjustment that function flawlessly. The system had no problems maintaining a comfortable cabin temperature, and the optional heated and ventilated seats are stellar.

Interior

2.5
The IS 300 struggles with finding a balance between innovation and complication. The infotainment system interface lacks user-friendly qualities, and basic cupholder ergonomics were an afterthought to laying out a visually appealing interior. This is a cabin with mediocre functional efficiency.

Ease of use

2
Lexus' haptic joystick interface for the infotainment system is still cumbersome to use and manages to snag USB phone cords with ease. We'd stick to the base system if possible.

Getting in/getting out

3
Even with the easy-entry retracting steering wheel, it's not difficult to graze a knee against the column climbing into the driver seat. The rear door openings are on the smaller side and could prove difficult for less flexible passengers.

Roominess

2.5
The cabin space is not abundant in the IS 300. For an average-sized driver, the center tunnel console is needlessly wide and the armrests can feel intrusive. The rear seats have less legroom than in some competitors, and the center seat has marginal headroom.

Visibility

3
Forward visibility is great, and the rear headrests don't impede the view directly rearward. But huge rear roof pillars and a high body slope create blind spots when reversing. Parking sensors and a rearview camera are optional and recommended.

Quality

4
Other than the steering-wheel leather that looks and feels like wrinkled skin by the thumb holds, this interior is done well. The seats have quality stitching, and all contact surfaces are soft with tight panel fit and solid door seals.

Utility

2
The smallish trunk that doesn't fold flat and limited interior storage conspire against the IS 200t's utility.

Small-item storage

2.5
Storage up front is limited to the armrest bin, the door pockets and the glovebox.

Cargo space

2
At 10.8 cubic feet, cargo space is on the small side for the class. The rear seatbacks fold forward, but hardly flat. The unevenness limits what you can carry with the seats down.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Lexus IS 300.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Unusual Engine Sound, Vibration in front wheels
Daniel,12/25/2016
Hi, I have Lexus isf 300 for 3 days. From the first day I got it. I have unusual noise in my engine. I never had this kind of a car but it's my third lease. First one was a g37 ufter it, I had es350 non of them had this noise. Plus every time when I make full turn doesn't meter left or right it makes and u can feel some kind of vibration. By the way it sounds inside just like Diesel engine.
Great car
Mark Marion,06/10/2017
Leased mine last month and love it. Got the F Sport model and it rides like a dream. Interior is beautiful and get a ton of compliments on it
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$40,200
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
255 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite IS 300 safety features:

Adaptive Cruise Control
Helps drivers maintain a preset distance by adjusting the vehicle's speed in relation to the vehicle traveling directly in front of them.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Monitors lane markings and warns you if you are drifting and can even actively help steer the vehicle back into the lane of travel.
Intelligent High Beam
Switches between high and low beams automatically by using cues from a camera that helps detect when other vehicles are present.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2017 Lexus IS 300 for Sale

Lexus IS 300 2017 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
New 2017
Lexus IS 300
Base
MSRP$42,457
Est.Loan: $638/mo
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Dealer Notes
Packages P Z2 Trunk Mat/Cargo Net/Whl Locks/Rr Bumper App/Glove Accessories F FL 18 Mesh Alloy Wheels Liquid Graphite Finish, FR: 225/40R18 RR: 255/35R18, All-Season Tires P 2Q All Weather Floor Mats P 3M Paint Protection Film by 3M P LR Rear Lip Spoiler
Lexus IS 300 2017 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
7,424 miles
Used 2017
Lexus IS 300
Base
List$35,977
Est.Loan: $655/mo
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L/CERTIFIED!!! CLEAN CARFAX!!! LOW MILES!!! PREMIUM PACKAGE!!! NAVIGATION!!! HEATED AND VENTILATED SEATS!!! BACKUP CAMERA!!! BLIND SPOT MONITOR!!! This Vehicle is L/Certified with Warranty Coverage up to 6 years from the Date of first use and Unlimited Miles!! You will also receive Complimentary Scheduled maintenance for the next 2 years or 20,000 miles!! With 24/7 roadside assistance and trip interruption services. Peace of mind that extends beyond the vehicles original warranty. Thats not all!! It has been through a rigorous 161 point SAFETY and QUALITY inspection! Our Service department is open from 5:30am to 11:00pm 365 days a year!!! NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY!!! With FREE Wi-Fi internet Caf�, Childrens Play Area, Snacks, massage chairs and Sports Lounge. Be a part of the Pohanka Lexus family. Pohanka Lexus At your Service since 1919 Many of our Vehicles are not yet listed on the internet so please contact us to find what you are you looking for. *SiriusXM satellite radio (complimentary 90-day trial subscription included)
Lexus IS 300 2017 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
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More about the 2017 Lexus IS 300

Shoppers in the market for a small luxury sedan with eye-catching style, a host of standard features and all-wheel-drive versatility might want to check out the 2017 Lexus IS 300. The IS series is the Lexus entry-level sedan lineup, but that doesn’t mean the IS 300 is short on appeal. It maintains the nameplate's reputation for quality, comfort and reliability while remaining a relatively affordable choice for buyers on a budget.

Refreshed for 2017, the IS 300 gets such updates as LED headlights, revamped front and rear bumpers and a more aggressive-looking grille. Interior changes are few but include a restyled center console, some revision to the controls, and a larger display for the available navigation system. Perhaps the biggest change is that the formerly optional Lexus Safety System+ package is now standard equipment, providing such driver aids as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with steering assist.

Power for the IS 300 comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 255 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It drives all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with standard paddle shifters. Fuel economy for the 2017 IS 300 is EPA-rated at 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway).

The IS 300 is styled like a sport sedan, and it can be fun to drive, but its forte really is delivering a smooth, quiet ride, whether hitting the open road or running errands around town. Acceleration is acceptable but lags a bit behind most competitors, and handling is more tuned for comfort than performance. Buyers looking for firmer suspension and a bit more cornering prowess might want to consider adding the F Sport package.

Inside, the IS 300 boasts a modern, attractive design highlighted by quality materials and a wealth of standard or available comfort and convenience items. Cabin space is not abundant, however. Front seat occupants may find the wide center console intrusive, and those in back won’t find as much legroom as in many rival models.

There's only one trim level, but the IS 300 comes well-equipped with standard keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and a premium sound system. A number of packages and standalone options allow buyers to add technology and luxury appointments as they see fit. And then there's the F Sport package, with such performance goodies as larger wheels and tires, stiffer sport-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Lexus IS 300 that best meets your needs.

2017 Lexus IS 300 Overview

The 2017 Lexus IS 300 is offered in the following submodels: IS 300 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2017 Lexus IS 300?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Lexus IS 300 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 IS 300 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 IS 300.

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2017 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2017 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,368. The average price paid for a new 2017 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $1,420 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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