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

"The ISF with 5.0 V8 has superb handling and acceleration. The car was tuned for track conditions, and it exemplifies that."

Robert W., TX (2012 Lexus IS)

"The power behind the acceleration and handling is amazing, I swear it saved my life once when I had to swerve to avoid an accident. You can turn on a dime and it is built solid. By far the best car I ever owned!. I plan to keep this one for a long time, it still has a classic look. I am an avid fan and will continue to buy Lexus."

Larue D., FL (2012 Lexus IS)

"Drives very nice but the clutch sometimes chatters when you let it out"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Excellent acceleration and handling, except very poor handling in snow."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Great handling. Tight turning radius. Smooth quick acceleration. Drives like a sports car."

Nancy B., CA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Poor acceleration...kind of a "dog""

James O., PA (2012 Lexus IS)

"powerful and loud"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Lexus IS)

"Good handiling, Few times I steeped on gas and car Hesitated."

Pat C., ME (2012 Lexus IS)

"Fantastic acceleration and handling!"

John B., MD (2012 Lexus IS)

"$189 service to semi-clean valves of possible carbon build-up."

David F., NC (2012 Lexus IS)

"Very responsive. Quick steering."

Vern R., IN (2012 Lexus IS)

"Its a Lexus IS F (5-Liter V-8). Awesome power and handling."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Lexus IS)

"It is AWESOME. Stops on a dime. Handles corners exceptionally. LOVE this car."

Amy F., CA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Acceleration is very good for a hea y car. Handling is very good to for a luxury car."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Nice solid ride for little car. Reasonable acceleration."

Gerald V., TX (2012 Lexus IS)

"While the acceleration is adequate (especially in city driving), the handling (including parking) is quick, precise, and fun to drive. It's a good car around town with very precise steering."

Douglas D., FL (2012 Lexus IS)

"Poor acceleration"

James S., MI (2012 Lexus IS)

"This is the IS F model with the V8 & track tuned suspension. The acceleration and handling prowess make this car very enjoyable and fun to drive; especially on the twisty roads."

R W., TX (2012 Lexus IS)

"Very slow acceleration. No power."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Fun to drive, quick acceleration with the V6, handles well."

P M., FL (2012 Lexus IS)

"Good--great turning radius Bad - ride; feel every bump in the road"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Lexus IS)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The interior is made extremely well, everything is almost like new. The convertible top fits perfectly in the trunk and there is still room left for storage. It was an excellent design. The only negative is a little hard to get in and out of, but I'm in the drivers seat so that's okay :)"

Larue D., FL (2012 Lexus IS)

"There's a surprising amount of roda noise (especially compared to my previous car, a BMW 3 series)"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Lexus IS)

"Comfortable front seating. Back seating tight for adults. Very quiet. Ride solid but feels every bump and pothole."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Lexus IS)

"The ventilated seats are just heaven. Standard heated seats don't cool you in the summer bu the Lexus does and is very important for dark leather seats on a summer day."

Peter A., CA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Totally smooth and quiet ride no matter the road surface. Seat adjustments are very easy to use and can be really fine tuned."

Nancy B., CA (2012 Lexus IS)

"No rattles"

Gerald V., TX (2012 Lexus IS)

"This is a very comfortable car even in the back seats. Very quite too"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Quiet, comfortable seating and very good climate control."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Lexus IS)

"Likes: near Camry comfort, while is a "sports car" it is very civilized to ride in and drive; we looked at Mercedes, BMW, and got nearly "beat to death" by the ride and access into the vehicle. It is a really nice Camry and very up scale in appointments and quality. We just completed a 5 week trip in her and really enjoyed the car. We like that it is Toyota based, it is reassuring."

JAMES P., AZ (2012 Lexus IS)

"The ride is jolting because it is a track car. Not comfortable on long trips."

ELLIOTT C., FL (2012 Lexus IS)

"Luxurious inside and outside. We have an ISC 350 convertible. It's quiet, even with the top down. Ride is smooth on back roads and highways. Great value. Love the cooled seats"

MICHAEL S., PA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Seats are amazingly comfortable for car sears. Very little outside noise when driving. Smooth ride all the time no matter what surfaces. Climate control is easy to operate and excellent."

NANCY B., CA (2012 Lexus IS)

"Rear foot room is too tight"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Lexus IS)


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

What Owners Say

"Good price for a relatively low mileage used Lexus. I consider 30000 to be practically new"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Lexus IS)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Because of hardtop convertible looks a little top-heavy with top up. Looks great with top down."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Lexus IS)

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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