The 2024 Lexus IS is a small luxury sedan with a range of performance options, offering up a strong value compared to rivals like the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Yes. It’s not perfect, but it combines sharp handling, good cabin quality, and performance choices ranging from a turbo-4 to a grunty V-8. It earns a TCC Rating of 6.0 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Lexus freshens the IS with new styling options across the lineup, though there are no substantial feature or performance changes. The IS 300 is available with a couple different combinations of F Sport styling elements; the IS 350 is offered with new Incognito paint and an F Sport Blackout package with matte black BBS wheels and black trim; the IS 500 also gets Incognito paint and a limited Special Appearance package with Blue Vector paint, matte black BBS wheels, and black upholstery with blue stitching.
The 2024 Lexus IS is a four-door sedan that’s closely related to the Lexus RC coupe. The overall design for both is about a decade old, though intermittent updates have kept the IS from getting too stale.
Inside, the low, wide dash comes dressed in a range of interior color combinations.
The base rear-drive IS 300 gets a 2.0-liter turbo-4, while the all-wheel-drive IS 300 and both configurations of IS 350 get different versions of a 3.5-liter V-6. The uprated V-6 in the IS is by far the best of this group, since it actually delivers better performance relative to its fuel consumption.
The IS 500 gets a 472-hp V-8 that offers European-like performance at a much more appealing price tag.
There’s no manual transmission on offer, but even the automatics are thirsty. The base rear-drive turbo-4 can hit 25 mpg combined, though most other configurations are lucky to hit 20 mpg combined.
The cabin is lovely, but limited in rear-row and trunk space.
The IS fares well in crash-testing and Lexus loads on the driver-assistance features, bolstering this sedan’s competitive value.
How much does the 2024 Lexus IS cost?
The 2024 Lexus IS 300 starts at $41,235, including a $1,150 destination charge. All-wheel drive adds $2,000. The base IS 300 gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa, power-adjustable front seats, and synthetic leather upholstery.
The IS 350 is a solid value at $44,410, and the IS 500 offers great performance for a reasonable $60,020.
Where is the 2024 Lexus IS made?
Lexus builds the IS in Japan.