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)

"Excellent engine, smooth and powerful with sharp eight speed transmission. Corners poorly for a sports sedan, heavy understeer and skids readily when powering out of a corner. Overly aggressive coddling from the stability control system. Needs a limited slip differential."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Lexus IS)

"The IS250 is very underpowered. It does not have the hp to merge in city traffic like it should"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus IS)

"Acceleration is perfect for how I drive it; it is fast enough to get on freeways quickly and it handles exceptionally well in the curves."

Scott S., CA (2015 Lexus IS)

"This vehicle has a V6 motor, yet does a poor job accelerating. For a car with such low power, I would expect better mileage than my 13 year old V8 BMW, yet it averages 2 MPG less."

David B., WA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Naturally aspired V6 is quiet and provides lots of confidence. 6-speed is better than new 8-speed transmission. Chasis is good, gives a luxury feel."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Lexus quality, dependable, fit & finish. Everything works. Styling. Seat comfort is great. A/C and heat superb. 300 HP is very fast. Handles very well, sporty. Good on Freeway. The BAD. Ride not so good. You'll feel every tar strip, bump, rut etc. the road has. Bumps in the road can be jarring. It's a Sports model though so you get a Sport Suspension. Firm for control. Mileage OK. Takes Premium."

Bruce M., CA (2015 Lexus IS)

"awd is great in winter"

Ian H., ON (2015 Lexus IS)

"Unlike earlier Lexus models, this redesign of the IS finds the balance between Lexus comfort and the lean athletic handling of a German sport sedan."

Christopher N., CA (2015 Lexus IS)

Comfort

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)

"Factory tires are terrible (Bridgestone). I leased this vehicle, the tires only lasted 18,000 miles. After replacing the tires with a new set of Michelins, the car completely changed for the better. Road noise greatly decreased, mileage went up, and handling improved. I think Lexus really needs to consider this long term as part of the OEM consideration. I was disappointed for 2 years with the car, just to have new tires change everything."

David B., WA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Cooling seats in hot weather. EASE OF POSITIONING SEATS FOR COMFORT."

John A., CA (2015 Lexus IS)

"I am only 5' 8'', and the front seat fits me perfectly - I have 'bad shoulders' and 'neck', so arm support was critical. This car FIT was PERFECT - but twice as expensive as alternatives, but that didn't matter. The AWD 'hump' doesn't affect me or my comfort/positioning."

Anonymous, PA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Supple ride. F Sport seats are uncomfortable. Electronic turn signal and wiper stalks are difficult to use. Car needs and should have parking sensors, Lexus is stingy to exclude them here. Good assembly but needs better materials."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Very comfortable ride, operation is relaxed."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Very comfortable and quiet. Ride is smooth and outside noises do not come into cabin."

Scott S., CA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Seats are of reasonably good quality. Noise level is somewhat higher than I would prefer. and ride quality is below average."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Lexus IS)

"Noisy, difficult entry/egress"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus IS)

"Seats are very comfortable one glaring missing option on a $40k car is the lack of memory seat as standard equipment."

Steve H., OH (2015 Lexus IS)

"Firm but supportive"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Lexus IS)

"quality comfort"

Ian H., ON (2015 Lexus IS)

Value

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)

"Size of car is for driveability and fit in garage space. Monouvorability while at freeway speeds."

John A., CA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Very good quality vehicle for the money. Low depreciation and high build quality are appreciated."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Lexus IS)

"Best combo of luxury, sport and build quality."

George B., TX (2015 Lexus IS)

"I was disappointed with this car insofar as it does not have features I would expect in a car at this price level. For example, the seat does not move back to let the driver out of the car; rather, I have had to set 2 memory positions and use those to enable me to get in and out easily."

S B., ON (2015 Lexus IS)

"Compared to competing vehicles, the price was competitive."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Lexus IS)

Styling

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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