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    Review: 2019 Lexus IS

    Review: 2019 Lexus IS

    A ground-hugging, turbocharged, luxury sport sedan is just part of what defines the new Lexus IS. The 2019 IS provides an elegant, well-isolated cabin for five passengers to ensure comfort on short commutes or longer journeys. Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose has the 2019 Lexus IS in inventory, so visit us today.


    The base powertrain of the Lexus IS 300 consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel drivetrain which produces 241-hp and earns an estimated 30 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city. If you are looking for an all-wheel drivetrain, you can opt for the 260-hp 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed auto. The Lexus IS 350 comes with a 311-hp 3.5-liter V6 with the option for either an eight-speed auto and rear-wheel drive, or a six-speed auto and all-wheel drive. An optional F Sport package can be combined with any engine and includes a sport-tuned suspension and larger 18-inch alloy wheels for improved handling.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The seats offer a high-level of comfort with the standard NuLuxe® interior trim, 10-way power adjustable driver's- and 8-way power front passenger seats, three extra inches of legroom for the rear passengers compared to the previous model, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, an illuminated entry system, and a power moonroof. Optional features include heated and ventilated front seats, Remote Touch to easily move through the menus, a power rear sunshade, and auto-dimming outside mirrors.


    A 7.0-inch infotainment display with a ten-speaker sound system, SiriusXM® satellite radio, HD Radio™, Scout® GPS Link for real-time traffic information and driving directions, two USB ports, Homelink®, Enform Service Connect for remote access to your car’s fuel level and maintenance needs, and Enform Remote to unlock your doors and start your engine remotely, are standard. A larger 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen display, fifteen-speaker Mark Levinson® premium surround sound system, Siri® Eyes Free, navigation with voice command, 24-hour access to a live response center through Enform Destination Assist, and Enform App Suite are available.


    Starting at $38,560 MSRP


    Comparison: 2018 Lexus IS 350 vs 2018 Audi A4

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus IS 350 vs 2018 Audi A4

    When comparing entry-level luxury sedans, too many consumers rely mainly on price differentiation and styling preference. But you live in Los Angeles, you’re probably ahead of the curve and know to dig a little deeper.

    For instance, look at the 2018 Lexus IS 350 and the 2018 Audi A4 and you’ll see two similarly sized compact sedans in the same price range. Examine each vehicle’s engine performance and safety technology, and you’ll start to notice the differences.

    Below, we'll give you the full details on these top-selling luxury sedans so you can make an informed decision. When you're ready, see us in El Monte to test drive the IS 350.


    Lexus IS 350

    The 2018 Lexus IS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, making 311 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive or optional with all-wheel drive. AWD models have a 6-speed automatic transmission, while RWD models have an 8-speed automatic. The latter will get you from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds.

    The IS comes standard with Drive Mode Select and available with the F Sport Package, which includes F Sport suspension tuning, Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S/S+ modes, a limited-slip rear differential, and deluxe interior and exterior styling features.

    Audi A4

    The 2018 A4 comes with the option between two 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engines mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base makes 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque (front-wheel drive only) and the upgrade makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, with the option for all-wheel drive and manual transmission.

    The Audi sedan is not available with rear-wheel drive, which is one reason why it can’t match the performance of the IS 350. Most sports cars are built with RWD because by routing power to the rear wheels and steering to the front, the work is more evenly distributed between tires, allowing you to maintain speed and control even through turns.

    The A4 base model is not available with performance-enhancing features, but the Premium Plus trim comes with the option for a Sport Plus Package. The package includes sport adaptive damping suspension, dynamic steering, performance tires, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, and styling features.

    Safety Ratings and Tech

    Lexus IS 350

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the IS 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Additionally, the IS comes standard equipped with a range of driver assistive technologies.

    The Lexus Safety System+ gives you a Pre-Collison System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The IS also comes standard with a backup camera, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years. Available features include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming outside mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and an Adaptive Front Lighting System.

    Audi A4

    The IIHS and NHTSA gave the 2018 A4 the same ratings as the IS 350, except the Audi received a slightly lower rating for front crash prevention. Additionally, the Audi’s list of standard safety tech is not as robust as that of the IS 350.

    The A4 comes standard with Audi pre sense basic and city, which are front crash mitigation systems. If you want additional tech, the Premium Plus trim adds Audi side assist, rear cross traffic assist, vehicle exist assist, and a parking system plus. The Prestige trim includes adaptive cruise control, turn assist, collision avoidance assist, a head-up display, high-beam assist, and active lane assist.


    Lexus IS 350

    Starting at $41,830 MSRP

    Audi A4

    Starting at $36,000 MSRP


    Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 BMW 320i

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 BMW 320i

    Silicon Valley drivers looking to upgrade to a luxury vehicle should do some homework before deciding, because you may find that some German brands don’t always live up to the hype.

    When comparing the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo to the 2017 BMW 320i, we found some significant differences in power and safety technology. Check out our comparison to see how they stack up, then come to our convenient San Jose location for a test drive of the IS Turbo:

    Power and Performance

    Lexus IS Turbo

    The 2017 IS Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The rear-wheel drive sport sedan makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and takes you from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds. The F Sport package adds F Sport suspension tuning, as well as sporty features such as LFA-inspired instrumentation, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and a specially designed front bumper, grille, and rear valance.

    BMW 320i

    Under the hood, the 2017 BMW 320i has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. The powertrain makes just 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque, and accelerates to 60 MPH in 7.1 seconds. It comes with a double-pivot-type front suspension with anti-roll bar and stiffer spring struts, rear damper technology, and 17-inch light alloy wheels.

    Tech and Features

    Lexus IS Turbo

    All models of the 2017 Lexus IS come equipped with the Lexus Safety Connect emergency assistance and the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high beams, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. It’s also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a backup camera.

    You’ll also enjoy the IS Turbo’s standard power moonroof, SmartAcces with push-button Start/Stop, dual-zone climate control, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, and Bluetooth tech. The 2017 IS is also available with power rear sunshades, heated and ventilated seating, Navigation System with Lexus Enform Destinations, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System.

    BMW 320i

    The 2017 320i does not come standard with any driver assistance technology, even when you upgrade to the xDrive model. Its safety features include programmable LED daytime running lights, Coded Driveaway Protection, and BMW Assist eCall with Emergency Request and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification.

    The 320i comes equipped with an engine start/stop button, automatic climate control, power windows, Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory, BMW Ambiance Lighting, Sirius XM pre-wiring, and HiFi Sound System with 9 speakers. It also has dynamic cruise control, manually adjustable seating, and BMW TeleService. Available features include a Surround View camera, hands-free power trunk, navigation, and head-up display.


    Lexus IS Turbo

    Starting at $37,825 MSRP

    BMW 320i

    Starting at $33,450 MSRP


    Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS vs 2017 BMW 3-Series

    San Jose Comparison Lexus IS vs BMW 3 Series

    If you live in San Jose and are in the market for a luxury sedan with distinctive design, a full suite of features, and a sub-$40K price tag, you’ve got a few solid options. Add to your requirements a standard turbocharged engine, and the choices narrow a bit.

    In the battle between the 2017 Lexus IS and the 2017 BMW 3-Series, one clearly stands out as a better value when you take into consideration standard versus add-on features. Read on for our full review to see which comes out ahead:


    Lexus IS

    While the IS has a slightly higher MSRP than the 3-Series, it more than makes up for it in standard entertainment and safety features. Each model is equipped with power adjustable seats, moonroof, HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and fog lights, push-button start, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Lexus Enform infotainment system includes a 7-inch VGA screen, USB and auxiliary inputs, and an 8-speaker audio system. You can also choose from a number of premium features that include navigation, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio, heated steering wheel, and leather interior.

    BMW 3-Series

    The 2017 3-Series has standard faux leather seating, manually adjustable front seats, climate control, and infotainment system with 6.5-inch screen, USB port, Bluetooth, HD radio, and 9-speaker audio system. Available features include surround-view camera, and hands-free trunk.


    Lexus IS

    Lexus equipped many of its 2017 models, including the IS, with the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of active driver assistance technologies has been honed over the years by Lexus engineers. While similar systems are usually available on luxury automobiles, they also tend to cost extra, but not when you choose the IS. You and your family will appreciate the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam, and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

    BMW 3-Series

    Surprisingly, the 3-Series does not have an option for driver assistance technologies. It does feature airbags, active head restraints, and post-collision sensors that turn off electrical systems in the event of a collision. However, the IS comes with most of these features, in addition to a suite of accident prevention tech.


    Lexus IS

    The 2017 IS has a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The base engine makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and gets up to 32 MPG.

    BMW 3-Series

    The 3-Series also has a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, with the choice between a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. The base powertrain only delivers 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque.


    REVIEW: 2015 Lexus IS 250

    Silicon Valley Review 2015 Lexus IS

    A pre-owned Lexus is always a great idea, because you know you’re getting a reliable, classic ride that’s a great value. Drivers in Silicon Valley time and again choose the IS for its superior quality and timeless styling – everything you’d want in a previously owned car.

    The 2015 Lexus IS 250 has all you need in features, power, and style – plus most of our inventory is L/Certified, so you know you’re getting a vetted vehicle. Read on for our full review:


    The 2015 IS earned a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and perfect scores in tests for side and moderate front overlap impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    The Lexus sedan comes standard with an advanced system of airbags and seatbelts, as well as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, and a body structure designed to distribute energy upon impact. It also has HID headlights, daytime running lights, LED fog lights, and the option for a blind-spot monitor.


    The IS 250 comes with some excellent standard features, such as push-button start with keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and Lexus Personalized Settings that let you customize your car. It’s also equipped with an infotainment system that integrates with your smartphone, and produces great sound through an 8-speaker audio system. The system has a 7-inch VGA screen, USB ports, auxiliary input, and Siri Eyes Free. 

    You can also choose from an array of available features, including the Mark Levinson audio system with 15 speakers, ventilated and heated seating, wood accents, leather interior, and navigation system.


    You can choose between a sedan or convertible body style with the IS, and the sedan even comes standard with a sunroof, so either way you’ll be able to enjoy the California sun and stars. On the outside, the IS 250 is distinctly Lexus, with the signature spindle grille, sharply designed headlights, and side body panels like finely molded sheet metal. It has a wide, long wheel base for added stability, and this model introduced a number of design elements that improved function as well, such as added air ducts and high-performance chassis tuning. Standard 17-inch wheels make for nice shoes on this stylish sedan.


    There are a couple of available powertrains on the IS 250. The base is a 2.5-liter V6 that makes 204 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded option is a 3.5-liter V6 with 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.

    The base comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and the upgrade has an 8-speed automatic transmission. Each model has the option for all- or rear-wheel drive.