High points of this version of the Lexus IS include eye-catching styling and a silky smooth V6 . Performance is rather pokey though. We originally tested the 2.5-liter V6 version, which delivered just 21 mpg overall. Beginning with the 2016 model year, the 2.5-liter was replaced by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and fitted to a new trim line: IS 200t.
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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

"Feels sporty."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Lexus IS)

"Great acceleration. Sport mode makes it more sporty (duh), though I rarely use it. Sharp looking car (gaping front grill was hideous to me when it first emerged, now I like it)."

Carla G., AZ (2014 Lexus IS)

"Acceleration and handling"

Vernon S., FL (2014 Lexus IS)

"good acceleration for highway driving, handles great, sporty look and feel"

Dale D., PA (2014 Lexus IS)

"good power, tight handling"

E S., IL (2014 Lexus IS)

"Accelerates and handles nicely with F sport and 306HP. Brakes are excellent"

Michael C., MA (2014 Lexus IS)

"I like the precision handling and quick acceleration. I do not enjoy the complexity of the Navigation system. Road is not too bad considering how low the ca is to the ground. Stereo sound quality is excellent."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Lexus IS)

"Needs more acceleration but handles like a dream!"

Yoshimi C., FL (2014 Lexus IS)

"Lots of rev"

Brenda T., GA (2014 Lexus IS)

"Good acceleration. Excellant Turning radius."

Ted C., CA (2014 Lexus IS)

"Particularly easy steering and control."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Lexus IS)

"It reacts quickly"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Lexus IS)

"Easy to drive fast through country roads, good traction and handling in snow, good on ramp acceleration"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Lexus IS)

"Drives, handles like a sports car"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Lexus IS)

"Handling is fantastic. It corners and accelerates great"

James W., KY (2014 Lexus IS)


Anonymous, AZ (2014 Lexus IS)

"I have the IS 350 F Sport. When in sport mode, the handling is amazing. The transmission senses lateral G-forces and will not upshift when accelerating in turns, providing a solid driving experience. I can light up the rear wheels from a dead stop when I turn off the traction control. I don't know which model IS CR reviewed, but it is clear to me that you did NOT review this vehicle. (You are doing your readers a disservice by saying it sucks)."

Thomas K., FL (2014 Lexus IS)

"Very slow acceleration especially in Eco mode"

Anonymous, SC (2014 Lexus IS)

"Love the acceleration & handling. It is excellent in both. There is a sport drive for better acceleration--works great. (I'm an impatient driver.) The handling, also great, it hugs the road."

BARBARA L., FL (2014 Lexus IS)

"Very good steering ratio, performance excellent, joy to drive."

LLOYD B., TX (2014 Lexus IS)

"The car is quick and fun to drive. Handling is crisp and steady. Never a problem even on snow covered roads."

R R., OH (2014 Lexus IS)

"Handles great, goo acceleration"

A H., CA (2014 Lexus IS)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Easy handling and maneuverability."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Lexus IS)

"Ride is just fir"

Martin B., OK (2014 Lexus IS)

"Rides as nice as 18" low profile tires can allow. Quiet ride is hampered by rattling moonroof and chattering front strut brackets. Seats comfortable. Headrests push head too far forward. Beautiful cream and black interior, though dash layout is stodgy."

Carla G., AZ (2014 Lexus IS)

"The IS suffers from road and espcially tire noise (if low profile); the suspension geometry causes the inner edges of the 18" wheels to feather, creating a drumming sound while driving; talked to Lexus, said that's a "characteristic", so despite the great looks of of the car, I've parted ways with it."

Eric H., PA (2014 Lexus IS)

"very comfortable front seats, little road noise, very smooth ride"

Dale D., PA (2014 Lexus IS)

"The car handles great. It has a quiet and comfortable ride for a sport car. I can tell it is a quality made vehicle."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Lexus IS)

"The ride is so smooth. Very pleased with the ride of the car especially relative to the size."

Evan C., KY (2014 Lexus IS)

"Noise - BAD! Perpetual creaking in suspension when going over a bump slowly (driveway or speed hump). Dealer has been unable to locate or repair, after 4 attempts. Drives me crazy; probably sell the car because of this."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Lexus IS)

"seats are most comfortable as they wrap around the body"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Lexus IS)

"Seat comfort is very comfortable ride is good and overall very quiet.."

Ernest L., CA (2014 Lexus IS)

"seats very comfortable and climate control is excellent. road noise above average"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Lexus IS)

"The interior is very suited to my taste,climate system is great, seating is comfortable but takes practice getting in gracfully. Handling is precise,and excelleration is nice,not a rocket but fast enough. I get better than average mileage. Currently on this tank 26.1 on 93 octane. Need to close windows and slow climate fan to use Bluetooth phone. Styling is great, turns heads. Not many on the road."

MICHAEL C., MA (2014 Lexus IS)

"seats are very low, doors on 2 dr are very long, hard to get in or out, expecially when parked next to another vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Lexus IS)

"I look forward to seating in my car, it fits my back prefectly"

A H., CA (2014 Lexus IS)

"The drivers seat adjustments have improved significantly over previous IS models. One drawback for short people is that when you raise the seat all the way up it can hit the roof. Minor problem for a fantastic comfortable and reliable car."

ANTHONY K., MA (2014 Lexus IS)

"Somewhat disappointed in lack of smoothness in ride. Didn't notice this during test drive, but now find ride rougher than that of previously owned vehicles of this type."

ROLAND M., KY (2014 Lexus IS)

"The seats and climate control are excellent, but the ride is noisier than I would like."

J M., IL (2014 Lexus IS)

"The seats, climate control and ride are great. The road noise can be loud."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Lexus IS)

"It is a luxury car that handles reasonably well."

PHIL W., BC (2014 Lexus IS)


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

What Owners Say

"Good handing great AWD, good acceleration Quite comfortable good style"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Lexus IS)

"good car in most all aspects"

Roy O., CA (2014 Lexus IS)

"My Lexus is the first I've ever owned. It is very quiet and fuel efficient and it handles extremely well."

James S., TX (2014 Lexus IS)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Sharp looking. Still getting comments from folks who think that it is a new model."

R R., OH (2014 Lexus IS)

"Unique design and styling."

BRUCE L., CA (2014 Lexus IS)

"One of the "sharpest" cars on the road. Still notice admiring looks from people who see the vehicle."

ROLAND M., KY (2014 Lexus IS)

"I'm getting tired of the big black grill--looks a bit like an open fish mouth."

J M., IL (2014 Lexus IS)


W H., NC (2014 Lexus IS)

"Love the way it lookd. No problem there. Complements all the time."

Anonymous, NC (2014 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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