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7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: 9.2
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2017 Lexus IS Review

The 2017 Lexus IS ranks in the middle of our luxury small car rankings. It boasts a supple ride, energetic engines, generous standard safety features, and a lavish cabin, but many competitors offer better all-around cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, composed ride
  • Lively engines
  • Wealth of standard driver assistance features
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Available Remote Touch system is distracting to use
  • Performance doesn’t match German rivals’
  • Small trunk

2017 Lexus IS Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus IS a Good Used Car?

Don't let its mediocre ranking fool you; the 2017 Lexus IS is a good luxury small car. It has a luxurious interior and comes standard with an abundance of advanced safety technology, though it lacks a standard rearview camera. On the negative side, the available infotainment system's Remote Touch controller can be frustrating to use, and the IS has a small trunk compared to class rivals. Performance-wise, this Lexus delivers spirited acceleration and a poised ride. Though it's not quite as agile as some competitors, the IS handles twisty back roads with finesse.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 31 Lexus IS reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Lexus IS?

There are nearly 170 listings on our site for the 2017 Lexus IS, with prices ranging from roughly $28,900 to $42,000. The average list price is about $34,500. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus IS Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Lexus IS are around $29,540 – or about $5,910 per year. Five-year costs for the 2017 Audi A4 and 2017 BMW 3 Series are roughly $825 and $280 less, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New IS?

For the 2018 model year, Lexus reshuffled the IS' trim levels, added 5 extra horses to the available V6 engine, and made a rearview camera standard. Because those are minor changes, consider shopping for a 2017 IS with the available rearview camera. You'll save money and get a very similar car.

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There are several new 2018 luxury small sedans available for around the same price as an average 2017 Lexus IS. These include the 2018 BMW 2 Series (starting at $34,950) and 2018 Cadillac ATS ($35,495). The 2 Series – with its nimble handling and potent engine lineup – is a great option for performance-minded shoppers. While not as athletic as the 2 Series, the ATS also has engaging driving dynamics and three powerful engines available. Moreover, the ATS features a long list of standard features – including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus IS Is Best?

The 2017 Lexus IS is part of a generation that debuted for the 2014 model year and includes the 2018 IS. Lexus added available smartphone app integration to the 2015 IS and introduced 200t and IS 300 AWD models for 2016. Several advanced safety features became standard in the 2016 IS. Those uninterested in these updates should consider the 2014 IS. Going with the 2014 model will give you a relatively similar vehicle at a reduced price.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus IS?

The 2017 Lexus IS has a three out of five predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power, which is about average among all vehicles.

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2017 Lexus IS Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2017 Lexus IS.

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Which Used Lexus IS Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Lexus IS comes in four trim levels: IS 200t, IS 300 AWD, IS 350, and IS 350 AWD. The base IS 200t (also known as the IS Turbo) should be sufficient for most drivers, and its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission make it the most fuel-efficient model in the lineup. Other standard features include a moonroof, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 7-inch display screen, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, and the Lexus Safety System+, which includes features like pre-collision braking and adaptive cruise control.

The IS 300 AWD comes with a V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. The IS 350 comes with a more powerful V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The IS 350 AWD adds all-wheel drive. When it was new, the 2017 IS was available with a variety of packages, including the F-Sport package. The F-Sport includes features like a sport-tuned suspension system and performance-oriented styling.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus IS Warranty

For further peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned IS. Lexus has one of the best CPO programs among luxury brands. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the IS?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Lexus IS a Top Safety Pick+ designation and the highest rating of Good in five crash safety tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the IS a five-out-of-five-star overall rating, with four stars in frontal crash tests and five stars in side and rollover crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features include the Lexus Safety System+, which comes with a pre-collision warning system, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane keep assist. A rearview camera is not standard, though it is available. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors are also available.

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2017 Lexus IS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus IS or 2017 Audi A4?

Like the IS, the 2017 Audi A4 has a comfortable ride and a good number of standard features. The A4 has a more opulent interior than the IS and features standard leather upholstery. The Audi also a lower average list price than the Lexus, a larger cargo area, and better fuel economy estimates. The IS has a more powerful V6 available, and both of its transmissions are better than the A4’s finicky transmission. However, the Audi has more agile handling along with its standard Audi Drive Select, which lets drivers fine-tune the ride by choosing from four driving modes. Overall, the A4 is the better car.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus IS or 2017 BMW 3 Series?

Performance-minded shoppers will prefer the 2017 BMW 3 Series over the Lexus IS. Although both models deliver a composed ride, the 3 Series' ride is on the sportier side, with direct steering and sharp handling. While the BMW lacks standard advanced safety features, the IS comes with a substantial amount of standard safety tech, such as a pre-collision warning system and adaptive cruise control. The IS also comes with a stronger base engine, but the 3 Series has far stronger engines in higher trims. The BMW also has more trunk space. Both cars have similar average list prices and similar overall scores. Choosing between these two ultimately comes down to personal preference.

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2017 IS Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus IS Drive?

A 241-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission powers the 2017 Lexus IS. A 255-horsepower V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission (in IS 300 AWD models) and a 306-horsepower V6 with an eight-speed automatic (in IS 350 models) are also available. The IS has plenty of power in its standard setup, but the V6 engines are great alternatives for those seeking more power. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but select models come with all-wheel drive.

In terms of driving dynamics, the Lexus IS is tuned for comfort. However, this luxury small sedan is relatively agile around twists and turns. If you're looking for more athleticism, try to get your hands on an F-Sport model.

Does the 2017 Lexus IS Get Good Gas Mileage?

In its standard setup, the 2017 Lexus IS delivers 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is a little below average for the class. Opting for one of the V6 engines knocks those estimates to 19 mpg in the city and 26-28 mpg on the highway.

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2017 IS Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 IS Seat?

The 2017 Lexus IS seats five in two rows of cushy, supportive seats. The front row has plenty of space. Folks in the rear should have a decent amount of room, though taller occupants may feel snug. The IS' well-designed cabin is filled with high-quality materials. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus IS?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear-outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH system the highest rating of Good for its ease of use.

2017 Lexus IS Features

Standard features include a 7-inch display screen, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. A 10.3-inch display, a 15-speaker premium audio system, a Remote Touch controller, voice command, and navigation are available.

While the updated infotainment system has sharper graphics and quicker click response times, its Remote Touch controller can be frustrating and distracting to use while driving. We recommend finding a model with the standard infotainment system.

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2017 Lexus IS Dimensions

Lexus IS Cargo Space

There is 10.8 cubic feet of trunk space in the 2017 Lexus IS. That’s one of the smallest cargo capacities among luxury small sedans. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard.

2017 IS Length and Weight

The 2017 Lexus IS is roughly 15.4 feet long, and its curb weight is around 3,580 to 3,740 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus IS Built?

The 2017 Lexus IS was built in Japan.

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