2019 Lexus Is Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, And Photos

Posted on September 05, 2017 by Markus Soileau

The 2019 Lexus IS casts a wide net in terms of standard features and options. We rate it at 6 out of 10, giving it a point for its good base configuration and another for its customizability, but dialing back one for an infotainment system that frustrates at every opportunity. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The list of standard features on the 2019 IS is extensive: a 7.0-inch infotainment display, 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, synthetic leather upholstery, and a moonroof. At about $39,000, the base IS 300 offers a decent value against its rivals.

Selecting the Premium package adds heated and cooled front seats, blind-spot monitors, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. Other packages upgrade the infotainment screen to a 10.3-inch display, add a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, and swap in leather seats.

The F Sport package can be added to any IS and includes a digital gauge cluster, upgraded front seats, silver-finish interior trim, adaptive dampers, and revised front and rear bumpers.

For about $46,000, an IS 350 F Sport with rear-wheel drive undercuts equivalent German rivals by 10-15 percent. Paired with Lexus’ traditionally strong resale values and the brand’s red carpet dealer experience, it’s a sedan worth considering.

Unfortunately, the IS 350 is let down by its complex infotainment system, which lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility—although it does now work with Amazon Alexa. The mouse-like controller is a nightmare to use, too.

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