2017 Lexus IS 200t

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2017 MODEL

6.6

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Lexus, luxury vehicle division of Toyota, is a popular alternative to European luxury vehicles in the current US market. Lexus vehicles are known for their powerful performance, distinct designs and luxurious interiors. Definitely, the Japanese company has a refreshing and distinct premium segment of vehicles for those people who're bored of the German automobiles.

The 2017 Lexus IS200T comes with facelifted exteriors, bigger LED headlights, redesigned interiors, revised infotainment features and larger bonnet grills. Though a V6 has still not arrived in the IS200T, there a powerful enough turbocharged 2.0L engine with impressive acceleration performance on the board.


5.3/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

7.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.3/10
Interior

 

8.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Starting at a price of $37,825, Lexus IS200T features a single trim option but you have an option to equip the luxury sedan with additional packages or you can customize the sedan by choosing the features one by one according to your convenience. Its main competitors include BMW 3-Series, Mercedes Benz C Class, and Audi A4. Let's find out, how does the Lexus IS200T compete with its rivals in different segments?

2017 Lexus IS 200t Features

5.3/10

The IS200T features a single trim with a variety of customization options to choose from. The most of the advanced features including additional safety and infotainment tech. are available in the sedan.

Trim

Lexus 4dr Sedan

Starting MSRP

$37,825

Standard Features

Dual-zone climate control
Heated steering wheel
Blind-spot monitoring with Rear Cross-traffic alert
10-speaker sound system
Keyless entry and ignition
Premium vinyl seat upholstery
Sunroof
17-inch wheels
LED headlights

You can opt for additional features including 18-inch alloy wheels, heated steering wheel, additional navigation screen, and Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert system. The F-sport package includes revised exterior styling, a sport-tuned suspension, sport front seats and special interior trim on the board.

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In our opinion, you should opt for the features distinctive, as in package options, there may be some additional features that you mightn't prefer.

2017 Lexus IS 200t Engine

7.0/10

The highlight of 2017 IS 200t is its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Handling dynamics aren't this car's strongest suit, though you can still have fun whipping this luxury compact around a bend or two. -Edmunds

Engine & Transmission

The sedan is boosted with a turbocharged 4 Cylinder engine with impressive power and torque counts. Its 2.0L Turbocharged engine produces power at 241 hp which is best in the segment. The Mercedes-Benz C Class also features the same power count of 241 hp while the engines in BMW 3-series and Audi A4 produce power counts of 180 and 190 hp respectively.

Models

Lexus IS200t sedan

BMW 3-Series

Mercedes-Benz C Class

Audi A4

Starting MSRP

$37,825

$33,445

$39,500

$36,000

Engine Type

2.0L 4cyl

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Power (hp)

241 hp

180

241

190

Torque (lb-ft)

258 lb-ft

200

273

236

Torque count for the  Lexus IS200T stands massive at 258 lb.-ft which is above average in the entry-level luxury sedan segment. Though the Benz is equipped with a more powerful engine, Lexus performs better than most of the competitors in the segment.

Acceleration

The acceleration performance of the Lexus IS200T is best-in-class for an entry-level luxury sedan. It boosts from still to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds which is outstanding for an entry-level luxury sedan. Even the more powerful Mercedes takes 6.2 seconds in 0-60 mph acceleration test. Other rivals like the 3-Series and A4 take 7.1 and 6.8 seconds respectively in attaining a speed of 60 mph from still.

Model

Lexus IS200t sedan

BMW 3-Series

Mercedes-Benz C Class

Audi A4

0-60 MPH

6.0 seconds

7.1 seconds

6.2 seconds

6.8 seconds

Quarter Mile

15.4 seconds

15.7 seconds

14.7 seconds

15.2 seconds

Engine Displacement

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

The potent engine of the C Class shows its potential in the quarter-mile test with a impressive score of just 14.7 while the Lexus IS200T takes 15.4 seconds in measuring a quarter-mile distance. The 3-Series and A4 shows a scorecard of 15.7 and 15.2 seconds respectively in the quarter-mile test. At last, the Lexus has brisk acceleration performance in the segment.

Ride & Handling

The Lexus offers a luxury riding experience complemented by its premium interiors. With a powerful engine, the luxury sedan offers punchy acceleration performance. The car has gotten the sporty factor with a thrilling riding experience in the segment. Interestingly, the IS200T features super-calm interiors which enhance the overall luxury feel and ambiance of the interiors.

The interiors are comfortable enough with distinctive styling and catchy colors combinations; the front seats are adjustable and offer a decent level of comfort during long rides. The 8-speed automatic transmission is smooth and convenient during shifts which enhance the overall soothing interiors' feel. The handling is predictable and confident as in other Lexus models. At last, we are quite impressed with the riding and handling quality of the latest sedan.

Braking

The IS200T features medium-sized braking pads of 13.2 and 12.2-inches for front and rear braking pad respectively. The braking pads are conveniently placed and offers decent grip. The luxury sedan slides 118 feet while decelerating from 60 mph to still which is average for the segment.

Models

Lexus is200t sedan

BMW 3-Series

Mercedes-Benz C Class

Audi A4

Front Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in)

13.2

12.3

13

12.4

Rear Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in)

12.2

11.8

11.8

12.8

60-0 MPH (feet)

118

123

131

105

The C Class features best-in-class braking performance in the segment as it just takes 105 feet in the 60-0 deceleration test. Others including the BMW and Audi take123 and 131 feet respectively which symbolize their weak braking performances. 

2017 Lexus IS 200t Fuel Economy

7.3/10

Fuel-efficiency is an important factor while considering a mid-range sedan. Lexus IS200T sedan doesn't impress us in the fuel-efficiency segment as the competitors are offering a way better fuel economy. The sedan offers a fuel economy of 22 and 33 on city roads and highways respectively which is below average in the segment.

Models

Lexus is200t sedan

BMW 3-Series

Mercedes-Benz C Class

Audi A4

City (MPG)

22

23

24

27

Highway (MPG)

33

35

34

37

Combined (MPG)

26

28

28

31

The combined fuel economy of the sedan counts at 26 mpg while the competitors BMW, Mercedes and Audi offer combined fuel economy of 28, 28, and 31 mpg respectively. The fuel economy of the Lexus lags behind the competitors unlike the Merc, which equipped with a more powerful engine, offers better fuel efficiency. On the other hand, The A4 features a massive combined fuel economy of 31 mpg which is best among competitors.

2017 Lexus IS 200t Interior

5.3/10

The IS struggles with finding a balance between innovation and complication. The infotainment system interface lacks user-friendly qualities, and basic cupholder ergonomics seem like afterthoughts. This is a cabin with mediocre usability. -Edmunds

Seating & Comfort

The Lexus IS200T features a seating capacity of five passenger which is standard among the competitors. The premium sedan's interiors are comfortable enough with distinctive styling and catchy colors combinations; the front seats are adjustable and offer decent level of comfort with headrests. The rear seats are slightly less spacious when compared with others in the segment though the rear seats offer decent seating for two large size passengers. The main highlights of the interiors include premium vinyl seat upholstery, leather appointed steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual-cupholders, LATCH, and keyless entry and ignition. The heated and ventilated seating options are available in the Lexus IS200T at additional costs.

Models

Lexus is200t sedan

BMW 3-Series

Mercedes-Benz C Class

Audi A4

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Head Room (in)

36.9

40.3

37.1

38.9

Front Leg Room (in)

44.8

42

41.7

41.3

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.9

55.1

54.7

55.9

Second Head Room (in)

36.9

37.7

36.9

37.4

Second Leg Room (in)

32.2

35.1

33.4

35.7

Second Shoulder Room (in)

53.4

55.1

55.0

54.5

Infotainment System

The sedan features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 10-speaker sound system on the board. The infotainment system wasn't that convenient as it features a hard to understand layout and UI. The connectivity features include USB ports, Bluetooth, Aux and smart service and safety Connect on the board. The sound quality was decent but the infotainment system lacks responsiveness. Interestingly, The German competitors are well-equipped in the infotainment system segment.

Cargo Volume

The Lexus offers best-in-class cargo capacity in the mid-luxury sedan segment. It features cargo capacity of 13.8-ft. cube which is ample for all your cargo needs. The boot is convenient and easy to manage and is enough for a weekend trip of a family of four.

Models

Lexus is200t sedan

BMW 3-Series

Mercedes-Benz C Class

Audi A4

Trunk Volume (ft3)

13.8

13

12.6

13

Others sedans in the segment including 3-Series, C Class and A4 offer cargo capacities of 13, 12.6, and 13 ft. cube respectively. The German rivals of the IS200T also offer decent cargo capacities which are slightly less when compared to theLexus. 

2017 Lexus IS 200t Exterior

8.1/10

We can't say the exterior styling changes will mitigate complaints by some that the Lexus IS is overstyled, although park the earlier version next to the new one and the changes to the headlights do seem to tone it down a smidge. -kbb.com

Dimension & Weight

The Lexus offers stylish exteriors with a sturdy build quality. Its exterior styling includes large bonnet grills, styled alloy wheels, sharp and aggressive headlamps, floating body design and a sunroof on the board. The dimensions of the sedan measures 71.3, 56.3, and 110.2 for length, width, and height respectively. The IS 200T weighs heavier than its competitors at 3583 lbs.

Models

Lexus is200t sedan

BMW 3-Series

Mercedes-Benz C Class

Audi A4

Length (in)

183.7

182.5

184.5

186.1

Width (in)

71.3

71.3

71.3

72.5

Height (in)

56.3

56.3

56.8

56.2

Wheelbase (in)

110.2

110.6

111.8

111

Ground Clearance(inch.)

5.3

5.5

4.4

6.29

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3583

3295

3417

3450

Track Width, Front (in)

60.4

60.3

61.5

61.9

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.0

61.9

60.9

 

2017 Lexus IS 200t Safety

Safety ratings and reliability:

The Lexus IS200T is equipped with the many standard safety features, including -

  • PRE-COLLISION SYSTEM WITH PEDESTRIAN DETECTION
  • HIGH-SPEED DYNAMIC RADAR CRUISE CONTROL
  • INTELLIGENT HIGH-BEAM HEADLAMPS
  • LANE DEPARTURE ALERT
  • SERVICE CONNECT
  • SAFETY CONNECT

The front is rear passenger airbags with airbags occupancy detention sensitivity are also standard in the Sedan. Rearview camera and Blind spot monitoring system with rear-view cross-traffic alerts aren't standard in the Lexus IS200T, Users can opt for these additional safety features at additional costs. LATCH, child safety seat locks, are also standard in the Lexus. The luxury sedan features impressive results in NHTSA with an overall score of 5 points. On the other hand, IIHS and Crash Avoidance and Mitigation ratings are also one of the best in the segment.

NHTSA rating

Overall Rating

5 star

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

4 star

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

4 star

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

5 star

Overall Side Crash Rating

5 star

Side Barrier Rating

5 star

Side Barrier Rating Driver

5 star

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

5 star

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

5 star

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

5 star

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

5 star

Rollover Rating

5 star

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness

Small overlap front driver side

Good

Small overlap front Passenger side

N/A

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

 

CRASH AVOIDANCE & MITIGATION

Front crash prevention

Superior

Headlights

Acceptable

CHILD SEAT ANCHORS (LATCH)
EASE OF USE

Good

2017 Lexus IS 200t Competition

BMW 3-Series vs Lexus IS200T

Lexus IS200T Sedan features a more powerful engine with better acceleration counts when compared with the 2017 BMW 3-Series. The sedan excels in segments including braking, interiors, cargo capacity. On the other hand, the BMW outshines Lexus IS200T in ground clearance, fuel economy, and infotainment system.

Mercedes-Benz vs Lexus IS200T

The Mercedes Benz C Class features a more powerful engine with better torque count while the Lexus IS200T offer better acceleration performance. The Lexus IS200T excels in segments including ground clearance, interiors, and cargo capacity while the German sedan excels in the infotainment system, braking, and fuel-efficiency.

Audi A4 vs Lexus IS200T

Lexus IS200T sedan features a more powerful engine than the 2017 Audi A4. The Lexus excels in segments like cargo capacity, interiors, braking. On the other hand, Audi A4 excels in fuel-efficiency, infotainment system, ground clearance when compared with Leuxs.

2017 Lexus IS 200t Final Verdict

Lexus IS200T is a popular alternative to German entry-level luxury sedans in the current market. Along with a competent engine, the luxury sedan is popular for its aggressive distinctive looks and premium interiors in the segment. The main highlights of the 2017 Lexus IS200T sedan includes powerful acceleration, ample cargo space, premium and calm interiors, and tons of customization options. On the other hand, it also lags in fuel-efficiency, ground clearance and infotainment system segment.

Pros

Swift Acceleration

Decent Engine

Cargo Capacity

Premium interiors

Cons

Fuel-economy

Ground Clearance

Infotainment System

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change



Styles

 2017 Lexus IS 200t in Ultrasonic Blue Mica color  2017 Lexus IS 200t in Ultra White color  2017 Lexus IS 200t in Silver Lining Metallic color  2017 Lexus IS 200t in Redline color  2017 Lexus IS 200t in Nightfall Mica color  2017 Lexus IS 200t in Nebula Gray Pearl color  2017 Lexus IS 200t in Eminent White Pearl color  2017 Lexus IS 200t in Caviar color
Ultrasonic Blue Mica

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Ratings

Features

5.3

Engine

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.3

Interior

5.3

Exterior

8.1

Driving

6.3

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Lexus IS 200t 4dr Sedan

4dr Sedan

power
386 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
26 combined

$37,825


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
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