2018 Lexus IS 300
- 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
- Handling capabilities do little to create driver excitement
- V6 power compares to smaller turbo engines, but isn't as efficient
- Optional Remote Touch infotainment system is distracting to use
2018 Lexus IS 300 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which IS 300 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.2 / 10
Seeing a 2018 Lexus IS 300 at rest, you might take its aggressive style — the pinched grille, prominent air intakes and sweeping body lines to the back — as the sign of an uncompromising performance car. But don't let its looks fool you. The IS 300 is foremost a cruise and comfort machine, with a well-honed ride, hushed cabin and generous feature set.
For 2018, the IS 300 lineup gains a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive. This isn't entirely a new development, however; Lexus has simply renamed last year's rear-wheel-drive IS 200t as a 300. The rear-wheel-drive IS 300 uses an eight-speed transmission while the all-drive-wheel model retains the smooth, if outdated, V6 engine and six-speed automatic.
The V6 puts out 260 horsepower this year, although this still pales in comparison to the IS' European six-cylinder rivals. The IS 300's overall handling capabilities also fail to deliver the robust driving excitement of some other sport luxury sedans. But overall we think you'll like the IS 300. The interior stands out in both design and quality, the standard features included on the base level trim are generous by any measure, and the convenience and safety tech is top-notch.
2018 Lexus IS 300 configurations
The 2018 Lexus IS 300 is a five-passenger small luxury sedan that slots below the more powerful IS 350. The IS 300 is available with a four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive or a V6 engine with all-wheel drive. There are no actual trim levels, only stand-alone options and trim packages, although the F Sport package adds exterior elements and hardware that improve the IS 300's performance.
The IS 300 rear-wheel-drive model starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (241 hp, 258 pound-feet of torque) and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, heated side mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, premium vinyl upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth, a 7-inch color display, and a 10-speaker sound system with dual USB ports and an auxiliary audio input.
Standard tech and safety features include a rearview camera, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic braking.
The IS 300 all-wheel-drive model substitutes a 3.5-liter V6 engine (260 hp, 236 lb-ft of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission. Heated front seats also come standard.
The IS 300 offers a few options packages, among them the Comfort package, which adds automatic wipers, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, and blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. A Premium package includes heated and ventilated front seats.
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 is also available, but only when bundled with the navigation system.
For those who want to dial up the sporting factor, the F Sport package adds 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 and a special sport-oriented gauge cluster.
Other stand-alone options include 18-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, a power rear sunshade, and front and rear parking sensors.
Noise & vibration8.5
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out6.5
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Features & Specs
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.
2018 Lexus IS 300 for Sale
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: IS 300 Sedan. 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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What's a good price for a New 2018 Lexus IS 300?
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 $43,730. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $5,744 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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