With the all-new Lexus IS 200t, the luxury automaker is turning heads and converting would-be Lexus enthusiasts into loyal customers. Perfect for zipping around the streets of San Jose, the turbocharged sportscar is a great choice for drivers looking to make an impact.
In case just looking at the new sports car from Lexus isn't enough, here are our favorite things about the 2016 Lexus IS 200t:
If you're looking for a sports car that you feel safe toting the kids around in, the IS just might be your ride. Awarded a best-possible 5 Star Overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and perfect scores in front overlap and side crash from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the IS is a family-worthy ride.
Safety features on the IS 200t include a 10-airbag system and Lexus Enform Safety Connect so drivers have access to help in case of theft or emergency. It also has stability control, newly designed anti-lock brakes and electronic traction control.
Not that you'll ever be bored driving the 200t, but if you'd like a soundtrack or want to catch up on the news during your commute, you're covered. The Lexus sportscar comes with HD Radio with iTunes tagging, SiriusXM radio for three months, Siri Eyes Free and hands-free technologies, so you're never distracted from the road.
Drivers can also opt for a premium Mark Levinson Audio 5.1 system with 17 speakers and 835 watts of power. Other options for convenience and entertainment include remote touch, navigation system with voice activation and a DVD entertainment system.
Technology on the IS 200t includes Lexus Enform Remote and Service Connect and Homelink assistance.
Exterior and Engine
The IS 200t is sharp but doesn't take itself too seriously. Sitting low to the ground, it's high on style and rises to the occasion when it comes to performance.
With Xenon headlamps and LED fog, daytime running and tail lights, body-colored handles and mirrors, and the ultra modern spindle grille, it's an understated type of beauty.
The IS 200t is a rear-drive-only sportscar with a turbocharged 2-liter engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. For its size, it's got plenty of power with 251 horses and 258 lbs-ft of torque. It also features Toyota's specially tuned variable valve timing, so it runs on either the Otto combustion cycle or the energy-conserving Atkinson cycle. Its output beats those of the Audi A4 and the BMW 328i.
Drivers can expect to get 22 MPG in the city and 33 MPG highway with the Lexus IS.
MSRP: starting at $38,275