2016 Lexus IS Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$26,859 - $38,062
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
241-306
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$26,859 - $38,062
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
241-306
Seats
5

Ranks #6 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.6 Overall Score
Performance 4.4 Comfort 4.2 Styling 4.2 Value 4.6

Editor's Overview

In the highly competitive entry-level luxury-sedan market the 2016 Lexus IS is an enticing choice, with high style, advanced technology, impressive performance, indisputable prestige, impeccable detail, relentless quality and an unmatched reputation for owner satisfaction. Among a group where excellence is the minimum standard, the IS is formidable.

Lexus IS Models & Trims

4dr Sdn $26,859 - $30,624*
Horsepower: 241 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5, 18 X 8 in. - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
4dr Sdn AWD $33,327 - $38,062*
Horsepower: 255 hp - 306 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5, 18 X 8 in. - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.65

48 Reviews

67% 31% 2% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

2016 Lexus overall review of pros and cons.

Love the looks and styling. Better than comparable vehicles. Lacks in performance. Stereo system could be better. Very comfortable. Great for long or short trips. Gets great gas mileage. Awesome reliability. Not as expensive as BMW, Audi, Mercedes but just as good. Would recommend over the competitors. Easy to work on. Lots of legroom and trunk room. Back up camera works great.

- Dexter L

It is extremely fun to drive. It hugs the road and turns on a dime. It is small though. If you have a family with small children, I don't advise purchasing this car.

I love my car, it is luxurious and beautifully designed. I honestly think my car is sexy, I think that is a great way to describe it. However, it is very small. My husband and I are trying to start a family and it is just too small. I don't feel comfortable putting a carseat in the back seat. For this reason, I will be selling my car in the next 6 months.

- Abby N

My vehicle is sporty and reliable. It offers comfort and a sleek design.

My vehicle is nice for shorter rides. The seats can get quite uncomfortable after a long period of time. I love the performance steering though and I like how it handles on the road. I especially like the size of the car. However, I do wish it had a bit more power in terms of acceleration and I wish it came with a bit more room for back seat passengers.

- Janice K

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$26,859 - $30,624
$33,327 - $38,062

Horsepower

Horsepower
241 hp
255 - 306 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L Turbo I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT
3.5L V6 DOHC 24V Dual VVT
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Standard
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
44.8 in.
44.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.2 in.
38.2 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
32.2 in.
32.2 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.9 in.
36.9 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13.8 cu. ft.
13.8 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Standard

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Optional
Optional

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Optional
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/40YR18
P225/40YR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.2 in.
110.2 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.2 ft.
35.4 ft.

Length

Length
183.7 in.
183.7 in.

Width

Width
71.3 in.
71.3 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3583 .lbs
3737 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
241 hp
255 hp

Torque

Torque
258 ft. lbs.
236 ft. lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Standard
Not Available

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
17.4 gal.
17.4 gal.

Combined

Combined
28 mpg
23 mpg

City

City
22 mpg
19 mpg

Highway

Highway
33 mpg
26 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Standard
Standard

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Standard
Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings