While the Lexus IS has a plush interior and a relaxed driving manner, it lacks the sporty feel of some cars in this segment. Also, the interior is quite snug. Inside are high-quality materials, a hushed cabin, and a refined-sounding engine. Acceleration is quick, and fuel economy is commendable. However, the ride is stiff and the steering lacks feedback.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Blind spots"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus IS)


Anonymous, TX (2006 Lexus IS)

"Fast car that stops quickly. Handles very well at high speeds"

Amrayne M., NV (2006 Lexus IS)

"Handling and acceleration are good enough for city driving."

Anonymous, HI (2006 Lexus IS)

"Ride looks"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus IS)

"Great quick acceleration, delightful to drive,even 27 miles to work, never let me down, always has started...a keeper."

Thomas S., FL (2006 Lexus IS)

"Very comfortable ride, good pickup. GPS is expensive to upgrade and has been inaccurate at times."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus IS)

"The acceleration is very quick and very good. The handling is decent."

BRYAN R., VA (2006 Lexus IS)

"Awesome acceleration. Over 300hp for a small sedan"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus IS)

"Very fast pickup which I like and also great gas mileage if I go easy - over 30mpg on the highway. Handling is very secure and is a fun car to drive."

Anonymous, CT (2006 Lexus IS)

"Fun car to drive even though quite old."

Catherine M., ON (2006 Lexus IS)

"It has held up beautifully over the years and shows no age, especially on the outside. People are surprised when they learn how old it really is! Still beautiful - especially in metallic matador red!"

Kathleen M., MI (2006 Lexus IS)

"It has more than adequate power, handles like a sports car and yet is very comfortable on the road (i.e. not harsh or bumpy)"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus IS)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Nice and comfy"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus IS)

"Lexus builds a solid car. My car is 11 years old and the ride and noise levels remain excellent."

Anonymous, HI (2006 Lexus IS)

"Very noisy"

R M., NY (2006 Lexus IS)

"The seats are comfortable with cooling and heating cycles. A little bit of a problem getting in and out since it sits low."

Sy G., CA (2006 Lexus IS)

"Poor seats, lack of support and ergonomic shape"

MARKUS T., TX (2006 Lexus IS)

"rides great"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus IS)

"Back seat uncomfortable--not enough room. Sight line from rear window misleading and dangerous."

ELISSA C., NV (2006 Lexus IS)

"Slot of rode noise due to sporty nature of this model. If I had to do it again, I would buy the ES350 or ES300h just to get a quiet ride. Otherwise, this car has been wonderful!"

ANN H., CA (2006 Lexus IS)


Anonymous, TX (2006 Lexus IS)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Well, here it is 11 years later, extremely reliable, GREAT service, very easy to drive, holding up well, would buy it again in a minute as it has everything I need. So I spent more 11 years ago and got a quality car...good deal!"

Thomas S., FL (2006 Lexus IS)

"Simply said "excellent auto""

Anonymous, MD (2006 Lexus IS)

"comfortable good ride god on gas"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus IS)

"Car was a gift (at 7 years old), so price was not an issue. However it is very expensive to maintain."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Lexus IS)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"My Lexus looks just as stylish today as it did the day I bought it 10 years ago. In fact, I like it better than todays Lexus."

Anonymous, ID (2006 Lexus IS)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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