2019 Lexus IS 350

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2019 Lexus IS 350 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 13, 2019


The Lexus IS 350 picks up from where the 300 IS left. It carries the same Japanese panache and reliability minus the power scarcity. The IS 350 trades a punchy V6 engine for the toothless Inline-4, though it still suffers from the claustrophobic cabin. As a luxury sedan the IS 350 pulls just the right proportion of power and price which most of its adversaries fail to achieve.

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Pros

Impressive handling

Striking exterior and interior styling

Good fuel economy numbers

Rich Standard feature list

Cons

The V6 is a little disappointing

The infotainment system is tricky to use

What's New?

Amazon Alexa-integrated Voice Command

A new software update on IS 300


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42180

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

311 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

277 lbs.-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.4/61

dimensions

wheelbase

110.2 in.

length

184.3 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

56.3 in.

curb weight

3594 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

1036 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/28 mpg

highway range

487.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Lexus IS 350 in Atomic Silver color  2019 Lexus IS 350 in Autumn Shimmer color  2019 Lexus IS 350 in Caviar color  2019 Lexus IS 350 in Eminent White Pearl color  2019 Lexus IS 350 in Liquid Platinum color  2019 Lexus IS 350 in Manganese Luster color  2019 Lexus IS 350 in Matador Red Mica color  2019 Lexus IS 350 in Nightfall Mica color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.0

Exterior

8.1

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus IS 350 Base

Base

power
311 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$42,180 - $44,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $44,345 MSRP (19/21/26) 311 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,180 MSRP (20/23/28) 311 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2019 Lexus IS 350 F SPORT

F SPORT

power
311hp @ 6600rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$45,375 - $46,710


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $46,710 MSRP (19/21/26) 311hp @ 6600rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $45,375 MSRP (20/23/28) 311hp @ 6600rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.6

Overall Rating


Priced at $42,030, the 2019 Lexus IS 350 is backed with a 3.5L V6 engine mated to an 8 speed- automatic transmission. The powertrain musters 311 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The handling is fair with but not that bright and the power delivered is linear without the pedal being touchy.

Lexus IS 350 competes in the entry-level luxury market. The competition is cutthroat and just delivering a decent car is not enough for a manufacturer. Lexus has to take on big names like Mercedes Benz C Class, Audi A4, BMW 3 series, and Infiniti Q50. This might seem like a gentlemen's duel but it's actually a bar fight as almost every adversary is bring something new this year.

2019 Lexus IS 350 Angular Front View
2019 Lexus IS 350 Angular Front View
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2019 Lexus IS 350 Angular Rear View

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 
 

8.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 Lexus IS 350 Features

Admired as Lexus’s entry-level luxury the IS 350 is a compact luxury sedan starting from the base price of $42,030. The IS family offer 2 trims IS 350 and IS 350F Sport further divided into Rear-wheel-drive. There are 2 engine options available with the RWD backed by the 2L Turbo I4 engine and the AWD receiving the 3.5L V6 engine. If we talk about features the car is bequeathed to a lot of them.

The standard feature list includes features like a 7-inch infotainment system, LED headlamps, a moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels and synthetic leather upholstery, which is quite a deal when you look at the price. On the other hand, the F Sports package adds the goodness of adaptive dampers, upgraded front seats, silver-finish interior, a digital gauge cluster and more. And the fun doesn’t end here, add in the Premium package to get a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, 15-speaker Levinson audio system, leather seats, and a lot of other features.

Trim

IS 350

IS 350 F Sport

MSRP

$42,030

$45,225

Key Features

18-inch wheels

18-inch wheels (with either summer or all-season tires)

 

LED headlights

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Limited-slip rear differential (RWD only)

 

Power-adjustable front seats

Upgraded brakes

 

Simulated-leather upholstery (NuLuxe)

Intake sound generator

 

60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks

Heated and ventilated front sport seats

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Special sport-oriented gauge cluster

 

Lexus Enform Remote vehicle controls

 
 

Two USB ports

 
 

7-inch color display

 
 

Eight-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio input

 
 

Satellite radio and HD radio

 

We Recommend

The IS 350 is the more powerful version of the IS 300. The IS 350 itself is a self-sufficient trim however, the F Sport trim package will give your car a major makeover with upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip differential, heated and ventilated seats and more.

2019 Lexus IS 350 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Handling dynamics aren't this car's strongest suit, though you can have fun whipping this luxury compact around a bend or two. The IS 350's V6 is strong, but acceleration isn't as quick as what you'll get from rivals with turbocharged V6s”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The IS might be a compact luxury but engineers at Lexus built it like a sports sedan. It’s a decently powered car but there is no change in the power figures from last year. The 350 Lexus IS is rated at 311 horsepower and 277-pound-feet of torque. This power comes from the hard work of a 3.5L Premium Unleaded V6 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Though the unchanged power figures is a discouraging factor, all the vehicular sense reported some change. You get a more peppy engine with decent thrust and seamless power delivery.

Models

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz C300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

MSRP

$42,030

$41,400

$38,300

$42,000

$42,250

Engine

3.5L V6 Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

311 hp@ 6600rpm

255 hp@ 5800rpm

300 hp@ 6400rpm

248 hp@ 5000rpm

255 hp@ 5000rpm

Torque

277 hp@ 4800rpm

273 hp@1800 rpm

295 hp@ 1500rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

295 ft-lbs@ 1550rpm

Acceleration

Rather than chasing other sedans like an angry bull the Lexus IS is a humble Japanese machine. Sure it's fast, and easy to handle but acceleration is not its best virtue. As you fire up the engine and floor the car, Lexus hits the 60 mph in 5.6 seconds similar to its last year’s performance. The quarter-mile figures are not stunning either, the 14 second time for the quarter-mile performance is below average.

Models

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz C300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

0-60 MPH

5.6 sec

5.9 sec

5.5 sec

7.1

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

14 sec

N/A

13.8 sec

N/A

13.7 sec

Engine

3.5L V6 Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.8

7.7

6.5

N/A

Ride Handling

The engine might feel powerless and the acceleration is a weak spot but the IS 350 doesn’t let them undermine its road presence. Behind the wheel, it feels sharp and easy to maneuver. The steering is limber and communicative but loses connection while spiriting and turning on high speeds. On the highway, the ride feels nice and composed but going twisty is not the best thing to do in an IS.

There are 4 drive modes each with their own senses. The Eco mode binds the engine and throttles response to make it an old man’s ride, Comfort or Normal Made loosen the grip on the engine and makes the transmission more touchy for better downshifts. The Sports mode puts the IS on steroids with more engine noise, instant throttle response, tighter steering, and everything you need to counter the car in front of you. A Sport + mode is only available in the F Sports package. The ride becomes more sporty with adaptive dampers and a limited-slip differential on the F sports trim.

Braking

Lexus is known for its reliable braking system and easy to modulate pedal. However, that’s not the case with the IS 350. The pedal feel is short and stiffer than most of its rivals. The front brakes are rated at 13.1 inches and the rear rotor size is 12.2 inches. Being a compact sedan the Lexus is not that heavy, it weighs about 3594 pounds which is a sound figure for a car of this stature.

Model

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Brake Front (in.)

13.2

13

12.6

13.3

N/A

Brake Rear (in.)

13

11.8

12.1

13

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3594

3472

3727

3627

3764

60-0 MPH (ft.)

177 (70-0)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 Lexus IS 350 Fuel Economy

The fuel economy is not the best in the world, in fact, the middling numbers for the competition will make your choice even more puzzling. With the Lexus, you have a 20 mpg of city mileage which can be expanded to 28 mpg on the highway. Together you can expect a 32 mpg of combined, mileage from the Lexus IS 350. Similar numbers are featured all across the luxury small car segment.

Model

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

MPG (city)

20

23

20

23

23

MPG (highway)

28

34

29

34

33

MPG (combined)

23

27

23

27

27

Range (miles) (city/highway)

348/487

400/592

400/580

413/520

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

17.4

17.4

20.0

15.3

15.6

2019 Lexus IS 350 Interior

The IS struggles to find a balance between innovation and complication. Its low ride height and roofline require taller drivers to bend and duck to clear the doorways. This cabin has mediocre functional efficiency”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The interior is as much of a luxury as any German car, though the styling is unique and homogenous to Lexus performance cars. The controls are in the vicinity to the driver and the cockpit styled Gauge cluster on the F sport keeps driver road-focused. The seats and comfortable and higher beltline secure comfort for taller drivers. As for the quality, there is nothing cheap or inferior to feel, the optional wood and aluminum earns them more points for the interior. To spoil their customers Lexus provides a number of options for leather and colors as standard.

The majority of the 184.3 inches of the total length is used for the cabin to deliver more headroom and legroom space. However, it’s not particularly a roomy cabin. The front seats flaunt 44.8 inches of legroom space while maintaining the 32.2 inches of headroom space. Furthermore, the rear seats are not that comfortable. The low headroom and legroom figures may fool you for a coupe.

Model

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/55.9/44.8

37.1/55.3/NA

39.5/56.7/44.5

38.9/55.9/41.3

38.7/56/42

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.1/55/NA

36.8/56.1/35.1

/37.454.5/35.7

37.6/54.6/35.2

The feature list might be rich but usability is an issue with the Lexus IS. You get a 7-inch infotainment screen with Lexus’s Enform infotainment system. Other features like 15- speaker Mark Levinson Premium Audi system, Remote Touch Controller, integrated navigation and the all-new Alexa integrated voice control and the Lexus Enform App suit. The infotainment is responsive but the remote controller makes operation difficult then simplified. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are still absent of 2019 Lexus.

Interior Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Front And Rear Door Pockets
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air filtration front Seatback Storage
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Climate Control
  • Turn Signal In Mirrors

Cargo volume

Practicality on your Lexus is limited to a certain point, you can go shopping, drive around the city with a couple of bags and that’s it. Don’t expect to pack everything and go for a weekender on the IS. The truck volume hits rock bottom on 10.8 cubic feet. The competitors in the compact luxury sedans deliver way more than the IS is capable of. And not just that, the subpar cabin utility also hinders your experience on a huge level. Space endured on the extensive center console could have been used for more cubby holes.

Model

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10.8

12.6

13.5

13

17

2019 Lexus IS 350 Exterior

8.1/10

“The 2019 Lexus IS demonstrates great attention-to-detail, but its style isn't for everyone”- The Car Connection

Design and Dimension

When it comes to styling Lexus is all about making bold statements. Right from its colossal spindle grille which looks more like a yanking dragon, to its sharp choice of rear headlamps, Lexus always tries to make a statement with its design. No matter how sharp the lines are its doesn’t feel rebellious and conveys its luxury make. The limited styling to the side draws may feel incomplete but it sure brings your attention to its five-spoke alloy wheels. And yes, no matter if you are picky there is an array of paint options like Readline, Ultrasonic Mica, Nebula Gray and more.

Model

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3594

3472

3727

3627

3764

Length(in)

184.3

184.5

189.6

186.1

185.7

Width(in)

71.3

71.3

71.8

72.5

71.9

Height(in)

56.3

56.3

56.8

56.2

57

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

3.8

5.1

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

110.2

111.8

112.2

111

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

60.4/61

61.5/60.9

60.8/61.8

61.9/61.2

62.3/62.9

The dimensions largely remain the same for the majority of cars in the segment and the Lexus is no different. You have a 184.3-inch long car, 71 inches wide and 56 inches tall, also all cars share the same weight category. However, the IS flaunts a shorter wheelbase of 110 inches. it can be a blessing but a curse too. The shorter wheelbase gives it a shorter turning radius which aids maneuverability but it also creates a mess on rough pavements, as the cabin jounces a lot till the anomaly pass.

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive Front Lighting System
  • Triple Beam Headlamps
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
  • Door Edge Film By 3M
  • F SPORT 18" Five-Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • Door Edge Guard
  • Rear Bumper Applique
  • Body Side Moldings

2019 Lexus IS 350 Safety

Safety is a strong point on the Lexus IS, a rich features list, strongly built quality, and positive rating makes the Lexus worth your money. The last year’s version received a respectable 4 star rating by the NHTSA and the highest Good rating for the small overlap front driver side crash test rating by the IIHS. Furthermore features like adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, active lane control and more.

  • Lexus Enform safety connect
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Led headlamps and led daytime running lights
  • Intuitive parking assist
  • Brake system
  • Blindspot monitor* with rear cross-traffic alert
  • 10-airbag system
  • Rigid body structure with crumple zones
  • Smart stop* technology

2019 Lexus IS 350 Competition

Lexus IS 350 vs Mercedes Benz C300 Sedan

It's been 4 years that the C class was due for an update but 2019 is the year of hope, the front and rear end were redesigned, the engine was tuned to deliver more power, and a couple of tech features upgrades. Compared to Lexus the C class has more power by maintaining a competitive price. The interior quality is also fine without any hard plastics, both Merc and Lexus got the interiors right. The C class went a little further with its better rear seats. Last comes, the good old rationality of the car which is affected by the low cargo and mileage of the Lexus.

Lexus IS 350 vs Audi A4

The Audi A4 is more of a sporty ride rather than being a comfort, not the polar opposite but there is a difference. Audi markets the A4 with its superior tech-savvy features and the laser shape handling prowess. Its better at delivering ergonomic numbers and at the same time adding more cargo volume. The good thing is that you can add more of those geeky features by going with the higher trim. One thing which Audi lacks is power, you can opt for the S4 but you need to pay more.

2019 Lexus IS 350 Final Verdict

The Lexus IS 350 perfectly defines the compact luxury market, it’s a better version of the IS 300 as it takes away the lack of power which the 300 endured. Though it's still not enough to counter the European engineering. The small body may not contemplate the sports car standards but the aggressive grill and design make up for it. However, sportiness is not its best virtue. The 350 IS can be a comfortable cruiser any day. It's quick but does not exceed the competitors in a sprint, also the small body limits the boot to swallow more luggage. Efficiency is not the best either, it even drops down a few points from the 300 IS.

Overall, the Lexus IS 350 is the type of car you wish to consider while looking at the 300 IS. You want everything the 300 IS renders without the expense of power and handling.