2017 Lexus IS 350

in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL
$41,370 - $43,535 See Inventory Prices



Detailed Review

The compact entry-level, extravagance car market is a standout amongst the most aggressive out there, with amazing being the base standard. However and still, after all that, the 2017 Lexus IS stands out. The styling is a piece of the reason, and one takes a gander at the vast grille and a strongly precise line clarifies why this extravagance sports car blows some people's minds.

It sits at the highest point of the automaker's entry-level IS extravagance car line-up. It surrenders sport-car ground to others in the section; however, its hearty V6 control, amazing interior trimmings and shockingly smooth ride still make for a fantastic vehicle.

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Smooth and composed ride

Potent power from all engine options

Wealth of standard driver assistance features

Striking looks and design

Great driving ergonomics


Optional Remote Touch system is distracting and difficult to use

Rearview camera is not standard

What's New?

Grille, headlights and taillights

The interior also gets a modest upgrade, with a bigger infotainment screen and better integrated center console

Active cruise control, collision warning, and other high-end safety features are now standard


vehicle bio

base price



4dr Sedan

passenger capacity


top speed

143 mph



engine type


211 cu. in.


306 hp @ 6400 rpm


277 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm


8-speed automatic


suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.2 in. ventilated disc brakes



110.2 in.


183.7 in.


71.3 in.


56.3 in.

curb weight

3593 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.


passenger volume

90.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

1037 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

5.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.1 sec.

fuel economy


19/22/28 mpg

highway range

487.2 mi.


basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance



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Atomic Silver

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Trims and Configurations


 2017 Lexus IS 350 Base


306 hp @ 6400 rpm
Premium unleaded (required)
22 combined

$41,370 - $43,535

Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,370 MSRP (19/22/28) 306 hp @ 6400 rpm3.5V6premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $43,535 MSRP (19/21/26) 306 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review

CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018


Overall Rating





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The car is estimated at $41,370, however, there's a whole other world to investigate, similar to the propelled innovation inside, unquestionable notoriety for dependability, the renown of the Lexus mark, and the noteworthy meticulousness that accompanies everything. At that point there's execution, with both 4-cylinder and V6 models offering a remunerating driving background.

2017 Lexus IS 350 Features

Trim IS350






LED headlamps and daytime running lights (DRL)
  SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop
  Drive Mode Select
  Dual-zone climate control
  NuLuxe interior trim
  Subscription-free Traffic and Weather updates via HD Radio
  Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link
  Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity
  Rain-sensing wipers
  Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suit

The Lexus IS 350 is accessible in one trim level, with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Rear-wheel-drive models get an eight-speed programmed transmission, and all-wheel drive variations have a six-speed auto. No manual transmission is accessible. These models are estimated at $41,370 and $43,535 individually.

The sole trim level on offer has a strong supplement of standard gear including keyless passage and start, and so on. Discretionary features are essentially grouped in bundles, with a bunch of things accessible as remain solitary choices. The first-class bundle is the Luxury bundle, which packages together a rearview camera, blind side checking, a warmed guiding wheel, stopping sensors, programmed wipers, leather seats with memory capacity and wood lodge trim. The rearview camera is accessible independently. There is additionally a Mark Levinson premium sound bundle, a route bundle and two other littler bundles.


2017 Lexus IS 350 Engine


The 3.5-liter V6 is ultra smooth and respectably powerful. 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 and Transmission

The IS 350 starts at $41,370 with rear-wheel drive and $43,535 with all-wheel drive. It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 306 horsepower and an automatic transmission.

Models Lexus IS 350 Infiniti Q50 3.0t premium Acura RLX Technology Package Cadillac XTS
MSRP $41,370 $40,650 $54,450 $45,595
Engine 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V Dual VVT-i 3.0L 6-Cylinder Turbocharged 3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 3.6L V6
Transmission 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 306 hp @ 6400 rpm 300 hp @ 6400 rpm 310 hp @ 6500 rpm 304 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque 277 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm 272 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm 264 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

It is the only car in the segment with 8-speed automatic transmission and produces smooth and fairly high amount of power. Torque production is almost average, but lags far behind the torque produced by segment topper i.e. Infiniti Q50 3.0t Premium (producing 295 lb-ft torque).


This IS 350 is not as quick as the class equivalents. It achieves 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and the transmission shifts smoothly and allows for seamless acceleration.

Models Lexus IS 350 Infiniti Q50 3.0t premium Acura RLX Technology Package Cadillac XTS
0-60 MPH 5.6 sec 5.4 sec 6.2 sec 6.4 sec
Quarter mile 13.9 sec 13.8 sec 14.7 sec 14.8 sec
Engine 3.5L 3.0L 3.5L 3.6L


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

8.0 7.6 7.7 8.0

IS 350 is not at all disappointing at acceleration but expectations increase just because of its higher displacement engine. Although it is very near to the quickest car in the segment, but still it is not the quickest. Infiniti Q50 3.0t Premium takes the least time to accelerate to 60 mph from zero.

Handling and Steering

The electric controlling forms exertion that gives a characteristic and direct reaction, yet it needs road feel, which is imperative if your front tires ever lose hold. The IS neglects to give trust here, basic for energetic driving. Power is more than adequate; however the eight-speed automatic transmission influences reaction to feel lazy on occasion. Full-throttle downshifts take about one moment to choose the correct rigging, which is too easing back in case you're attempting to escape the way.

Indeed, even with the stickier discretionary summer tires, the IS tends to push over the points of confinement of front tire grasp. Fast directional changes are more to its loving than since quite a while ago, managed corners, so pick your byways in like manner.


The brake pedal travel is shockingly short and hardened for a Lexus and does not have a feeling of halting force. In spite of having huge braking cushions, they appear to flop in controlling the auto when connected in freeze.

Model Lexus IS 350 Infiniti Q50 3.0t premium Acura RLX Technology Package Cadillac XTS
Brake Front (in.) 13.2 12.6 12.3 13.6
Brake Rear (in.) 12.2 12.1 12.2 12.4
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3593 3707 3969 4006
60-0 MPH (ft.) 123 N/A 121 116

It is the lightest car in the segment, also Lexus' cars are really well when it comes to braking and acceleration but this car disappoints at braking. Lexus IS 350 covers the maximum distance of 123 ft. before coming to halt, whereas the heaviest car of the segment, the Cadillac XTS (weighing 4006 lbs.) covers the least distance of just 116 ft. to come to rest from the same speed.

2017 Lexus IS 350 Fuel Economy


Fuel economy of this sedan is just average but less than its rivals. The efficiency stats are almost equal to other competitors and despite its heavy engine; it manages to sip as less fuel as its opponents.

Model Lexus IS 350 Infiniti Q50 3.0t premium Acura RLX Technology Package Cadillac XTS
MPG (city) 19 20 20 18
MPG (highway) 28 29 30 28
MPG (combined) 22 23 23 22

Lexus IS 350 gives a fuel economy of 19 MPG (city), 28 MPG (highway) and 22 MPG (combined). Acura RLX technology Package proves to be the most fuel efficient sedan giving a fuel economy of 20 MPG (city), 30 MPG (highway) and 23 MPG (combined).

2017 Lexus IS 350 Interior


It comes as no surprise that the 2017 IS interior is impeccably assembled with high-quality materials everywhere. But with a few changes, Lexus has improved on an already good design.  -kbb

The lodge of the Lexus IS 350 awes with fantastic materials and a basic yet rich outline. Seating facilities are great also, with abundant room in the back and steady front seats. The infotainment framework is outwardly engaging yet hard to utilize because of its unwieldy controllers. Trunk space is better than expected for the class.

In any case, the sedan still battles with finding a harmony amongst development and complexity. The infotainment framework interface needs easy to understand characteristics, and essential glass holder ergonomics are an idea in retrospect to spreading out an outwardly engaging inside. This is a lodge with unremarkable useful ease of use.

Seating and Comfort

Great ride comfort and the peaceful quietness of the IS 350's lodge are huge champions in the solace class. However, long rides may once in a while turn out to be a bit unhappier for your lower back. It conveys ride quality that joins strong body control with smooth consistence at all the correct circumstances. Knocks and effects are ingested without issue or the marshmallowy drift characteristic of an excessively delicate suspension.

Model Lexus IS 350 Infiniti Q50 3.0t premium Acura RLX Technology Package Cadillac XTS
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.2/55.9/44.8 39.5/56.7/44.5 37.6/59.6/42.3 39.0/57.9/42.1


(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/53.4/32.2 36.8/56.1/35.1 36.9/57.0/38.8 37.8/56.3/40.0

Despite its smaller outer dimensions, Lexus IS 350 does not feel small when seated in front row but significant shortage of space is observed at rear seats. This can be clearly observed from the above mentioned data that, people with long torso may not suffer any inconvenience in sitting at the back but long-legged passengers and people with broad shoulders and back are definitely going to miss what other sedans in competition can provide i.e. comfort.

For the front seating passengers, there is average headroom and shoulder room but leg room is exceptionally well and best in class, so there is quite a comfortable ride offered for the driver atleast.

Interior Features:

  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Premium vinyl upholstery (NuLuxe in Lexus-speak)
  • 10-speakers
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Push-button start

Infotainment System

The infotainment system in the IS is controlled by a selector knob on the centre console, which is difficult to use. However, other physical controls like climate adjustments are intuitive, and the display screen has clear, sharp graphics.\xa0

Every Lexus IS comes with:

  • 7-inch display screen
  • Voice recognition including Siri Eyes Free
  • Satellite radio
  • Subscription-free traffic and weather service via HD Radio
  • An in-dash color multi-information display
  • HomeLink
  • Bluetooth for audio streaming and phone calls

Cargo Volume

The small trunk that doesn't fold flat and limited interior storage conspire against the Lexus' utility. The Lexus IS has 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for the class. Cargo space is hurt by a second row that folds down but doesn't lay flat.

Model Lexus IS 350 Infiniti Q50 3.0t premium Acura RLX Technology Package Cadillac XTS
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 13.8 13.5 14.9 18.0

The Cadillac has the highest cargo space available (18.0 cubic feet), and then comes the Acura RLX Technology Package with 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Q50 3.0t stands at the bottom of the list offering just 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

2017 Lexus IS 350 Exterior


It's no secret that the design of the Lexus IS -- especially that big "spindle" grille -- ruffled some feathers when it came out.  After a styling update this year, it looks like Lexus is happy leaving those feathers ruffled, too. -kbb

Dimensions and weight

Model Lexus IS 350 Infiniti Q50 3.0t premium Acura RLX Technology Package Cadillac XTS
Curb weight (lbs.) 3593 3707 3969 4006
Length(in) 183.7 189.1 196.1 202.0
Width(in) 71.3 71.8 74.4 72.9
Height(in) 56.3 56.8 57.7 59.1
Ground clearance (in) 5.3 5.1 3.8 5.0
Wheelbase (in) 110.2 112.2 112.2 111.7
Track width (in) F/R 60.4/61.0 60.8/61.6 64.3/64.2 61.7/62.0

Lexus IS 350 is the smallest sedan in competition in all aspects (length/width/height) but offers highest ground clearance of 5.3 inches. The Cadillac XTS is the biggest sedan in terms of length and height, whereas Acura RLX Technology Package is the widest among them all. Being the shortest in height implies that Lexus lags in headroom but impressive ground clearance assures that you car's bottom won't touch the ground easily.

Exterior Features:

  • A sunroof
  • Automatic high beams
  • Big "spindle" grille
  • Revised the headlights, front bumper and taillight
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic wipers
  • Parking sensors
  • Rearview camera

2017 Lexus IS 350 Safety

Safety Features

Now standard in every Lexus IS is the Lexus Safety System. Strangely, a rear-view camera is not standard equipment, but rather a $350 individual option. Other safety features include:

  • Intuitive Parking Assist
  • Backup camera
  • Intuitive Parking Assist
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and electrochromic (auto-dimming) heated outside mirrors
  • 10 standard airbags
  • Lexus Safety System (Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist)
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect and Remote app. Complimentary for the first year of ownership

IIHS Rating

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Acceptable
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Good

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 4 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 5 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

2017 Lexus IS 350 Competition

Lexus IS 350 vs Infiniti Q50 3.0t premium

Infiniti Q50 is cheaper than Lexus IS 350, has lower displacement engine and produces lesser power but more amount of torque (highest in the segment) than its rival. Both the cars are great rival of each other in terms of acceleration but the Q50 is the fastest sedan (0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds) of the segment and Lexus IS 350 stands at second position (0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds).

Among these two cars, Infiniti is more fuel efficiency than its opponent. It is bigger (on outside and inside) than the Lexus but lags in front legroom. Cargo space offered in the Q50 is less than that in the IS 350. Thus, between these two cars, Infiniti Q50 is the better choice.

Lexus IS 350 sedan vs Acura RLX Technology Package

Acura RLX is the costliest car in the segment, equipped with same displacement engine and producing highest horsepower but significantly low amount of torque. It  is one of the slowest cars in the segment whereas the Lexus IS 350 is one of the quickest.

The RLX has best in class fuel economy and is the widest and bigger than its competition; inside as well as outside. Cargo space is also better than the Lexus. Hence, Acura RLX is the better pick amongst the two.

Lexus IS 350 sedan vs Cadillac XTS

Cadillac XTS is more expensive than Lexus IS 350 and equipped with highest displacement (3.6L) engine but still the slowest in the segment. The Cadillac has best in class braking performance; however its rival is equally poor at it. Both the cars have almost equal fuel efficiency.

XTS is the biggest car in the competition whereas its rival falling short at this. It is the best when it comes to cargo space as well. Hence, the XTS is a smart choice among the two.

2017 Lexus IS 350 Final Verdict

The 2017 Lexus IS 350 is an extraordinary extravagance little auto. Its performance certifications can't exactly coordinate higher-positioned rival vehicles, yet despite everything you'll have a fabulous time on your regular drive.

The IS is likewise one of the more reasonable alternatives in the class, particularly when you consider standard driver help features like pre-impact braking and path keep help.

Its stellar history of high unwavering quality appraisals and immaculate brand trustworthiness rating mean the IS is probably going to keep going you quite a while and give you couple of issues, making it a considerably more appealing choice. The Lexus IS should be on your shopping list.