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

"Sport mode gives me the accel and handling I want compared to 328, 528 and A4 I have driven."

Anonymous, NS (2015 Lexus IS)

"Acceleration and handling good.low profile tires on bumps & potholes not good."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Lexus IS)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Really nice worksmanship and style of seats, dash and wrapped leather detail with stitches"

HANGYAS M., NC (2015 Lexus IS)

"It's a great car except for the ride. It's supposed to be a "Sport" model but the ride lets you feel every bump, crack and tar strip in the road. Other than that, the car is amazing. Super comfortable (I'm 6'4") and everything works perfectly. Love the convertible hard-top feature."

BRUCE M., CA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Seats make you fell as one with the car ---"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Difficult getting in and out of vehicle. Came without auto adjust seat setting."

Anonymous, HI (2015 Lexus IS)

"The vehicle was difficult to get in and out of. The driver cup holders are almost behind the driver and make it unnatural to reach back to get a drink."

JOHN R., ON (2015 Lexus IS)

"I am short, I have owned 3 other lexuses (ES) in the past. Seats on the IS are very low (or the dash board is too high); If the seats are raised, the head rest assembly hits the roof before it is fully raised. If forced, will surely tear the fabric of the ceiling. Remedy? I took the head rests off. The center head rest in the back seat obstructs the view; a camera is not a good substitute for direct vision. I removed that, too. Too much useless electronics, can't remove them, Solution? just d"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lexus IS)

"this model car is the most comfortable I have ever had. it has perfect fit for me. It is so quiet I sometimes (almost) forget to shut the motor off. A buzzer won't let me lock the doot with the keys inside,"

PHYLLIS C., FL (2015 Lexus IS)

"racing seats good lateral support fit and finish goo"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Lexus IS)

"Air condition noise level when on high"

HAROLD R., CA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Difficult getting in an out"

RITA H., MA (2015 Lexus IS)


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

What Owners Say

"This car was relatively poor value for the price paid. It doesn't have some features I would expect in a car at this price level. For example, the driver's seat does not move back to let the driver get in or out easily. Also, there is no way to adjust the front seatbelts for short drivers."

SHARON B., ON (2015 Lexus IS)

"I feel that the quality of the interior materials is inferior compared to similar cars from years past. Although it all looks good, it wears very quickly, with little resistance to scratches and dings, even with careful handling."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Great value compared to BMW, MB"

HANGYAS M., NC (2015 Lexus IS)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Better than BMW, Audi or Mercedes in same class."

Anonymous, NS (2015 Lexus IS)

"Love the exterior style"

ERIC V., WA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Leather Style inside & out all good. Low profile tires over bumps not good."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 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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