2018 Lexus IS 300

2018 Lexus IS 300
Save up to $5,759
MSRP range
$38,210 - $40,660


  • Ride quality is smooth and comfortable on bumpy roads
  • Cabin is well-isolated from noise
  • Offers more features for the money compared to German alternatives


  • Optional Remote Touch infotainment system is distracting to use
  • V6 power compares to smaller turbo engines, but isn't as efficient
  • Handling capabilities do little to create driver excitement
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Top consumer reviews

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IS 300Fsport FUN FUN
John Eversole, 7/13/2018
There are only a few nagging issues but in the big scheme of things, they may be minor to many. First, the car is very nimble, quick steering, brakes and acceleration. I could get better than 19.5 mpg but I drive it very fast and hard. A little hard to get in, but once in, very comfortable. But a car at this level should have memory seats! Very little storage in the large (on the outside) console. I did not order, or want, the navigation. One of the reasons I bought this model was the fold down rear seats, and most Lexus models do not and I did not want another SUV. It is a fun car that feels very solid and safe and would be close to perfect if these few areas were corrected.
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Kathy, 8/6/2018
First Lexus, fun to drive, great handling on curves, brakes excellent. Comfortable seats, lacks storage next to driver. Love it!
JAY, 8/8/2018
This tesla is so great I think you should buy it because you will get to experience the world and its radio in the car you can bump all night also the autopilot amazing thank you elon
Fun 2 drive, poor technology
Jason burgos, 8/8/2018
Only 3,000 miles in but the navigation and Lexus Enform is terribly unreliable. I wasted money upgrading to this option. Seat cooling and heating has a mind of its own.
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Features & Specs

22 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
241 hp @ 5800 rpm
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
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Our experts’ favorite IS 300 safety features:

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Monitors lane markings, warns if you are drifting, and can even actively help steer the vehicle back into the lane of travel.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Helps drivers maintain a preset distance by adjusting the vehicle's speed in relation to the vehicle directly ahead.
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
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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More about the 2018 Lexus IS 300

Drivers seeking a small luxury sedan with eye-catching style and exceptional comfort need look no further than the 2018 Lexus IS 300. Although considered Lexus' entry-level lineup, the IS 300 is rife with appeal, offering the nameplate's signature reputation for quality, comfort and reliability while remaining a relatively affordable choice.

Lexus refreshed the IS lineup last year with upgrades including LED headlights, restyled front and rear bumpers, and standard safety tech including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with steering assist. Changes for 2018 are minimal but include a now-standard rearview camera, optional adaptive headlights, and a 5-horsepower increase for the IS 300's optional V6 engine. More significant is that Lexus has renamed its former IS 200t as the IS 300, bringing with it a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed transmission.

That's good news for buyers who balked at the earlier IS 300 and its only available combination of a V6 and all-wheel drive. That's still available, of course, and at 260 horsepower it's an attractive choice, especially for those in wet weather climates. But for overall performance and fuel economy, the turbo-four is the smarter choice.

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.

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 stand-alone options let buyers 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 2018 Lexus IS 300 that best meets your needs.

2018 Lexus IS 300 Overview

The 2018 Lexus IS 300 is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Lexus IS 300?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Lexus IS 300 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 IS 300 4.5 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 2018 IS 300.

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2018 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 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 $41,855. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $5,759 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is13.8% below the MSRP.

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