2017 Lexus IS 300
- Smooth and comfortable ride quality on bumpy roads
- Cabin is well isolated from noise
- More features for your money compared to German alternatives
- 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
2017 Lexus IS 300 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which IS 300 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 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.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use2
Getting in/getting out3
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Features & Specs
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.
2017 Lexus IS 300 for Sale
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?
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What's a good price for a New 2017 Lexus IS 300?
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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The average savings for the 2017 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is3.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Lexus IS 300?
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