Lexus might consider the 2021 IS a full redesign, but we think it's more of a freshening as the mild update doesn't bring substantial improvements to this luxury sports sedan. Overall it's a decent car, but it's no match for the top contenders in the category, such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, in terms of the driving experience, interior room, or fuel economy.

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.

Predicted Overall Owner Satisfaction

Predicted Owner Satisfaction with:


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride


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

Would you buy this car again?

2021 vehicles
Acura TLX
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A4
BMW 3 Series
Cadillac CT5
Genesis G70
Infiniti Q50
Kia Stinger
Lexus IS
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Tesla Model 3
Volkswagen Arteon
Volvo S60
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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