2018 Lexus IS Review

Automobile giant Lexus unveiled the 2018 Lexus IS that is set to hit the market in the coming year. The flashy Lexus IS, competitor of the giant Audi A4, BMW 3 series and popular luxury sedans is seen as an aim higher with its enhanced power bump with its two choices of V-6 engines that compliment its sporty features.

While other automotive companies have focused on keeping up with the current trends of sporty vehicles, the Lexus has hit the mark to design a more spacious sedan that is comfy but stylish.

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2018 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

Lexus IS 2018 Interior

The Lexus IS a bold design is a five-seater luxury vehicle that features a one of a kind cabin. This spacious cabin features an outward visibility and seats that offer enough legroom for the five occupants. It has the panoramic sunroof that could possibly affect the headroom. Also, inside there is a 7.0 inches Lexus display as standard and the available 10.3-inch multimedia display with full-screen navigation (standard on AWD 350 and 2018 Lexus IS F sport). Furthermore, sedan features a USB port, Bluetooth, and Lexus Premium Audio with 10 speaker sound system and touch-based dual-zone climate controls that lets you control the climate in your cabin giving you full control. There is available 15-speaker, 835-watt Mark Levinson Premium Sound system.

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When it comes to gadget options, Lexus has this in mind. Car owners who like to link their smartphones to the car’s multimedia system have the option of the interface developed by Lexus. Just like the giant Japan carmakers Toyota, Lexus chose to develop their interface which means they do not support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay for the multimedia system.

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Safety is facilitated as the car features 10 airbags that guarantee your safety on the road. At high speeds, the cabin is basically silent. Additionally, it offers you a less engaging driving experience as it absorbs bumps smoothly. It also features adaptive cruise control, a warning for forwarding collision, pedestrian detection with the automatic emergency warning and lane departure warning. Some of the other features expected during its production are the blind spot warning and lane keeping assistance for maximum safety.

2018 Lexus IS 300 F Sport interior

Safety list + Lexus Safety System+:
– Blind Spot Monitor (opt.),
– Rear Cross Traffic Alert (opt.),
– Automatic High Beam,
– Pre-Collision System,
– Vehicle Stability Control,
– Antilock Braking System with Brake Assist.
– Dynamic Radar Cruise Control,
– Lane Departure Alert With Steering Assist.

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2018 Lexus IS Changes, Exterior

The Lexus IS 300 and 350 are 184.3 inches long with details of its width being speculated at 71.3 inches, and height of 56.3 inches. The front rack features a 60-inch dimension with the luxurious look. It also has a wheelbase of 110.2 inches. Standard wheels on IS 300 are 17-in alloy (five-spoke) with 225/45R17 all-season tires. Optionally there are 18-inch alloy wheels(mesh alloy and five-spoke alloy) with front 225/40R18 and rear 255/35R18 all-season tires.

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On new Lexus IS 350 2018 trims together with F Sport trim those 18 inches wheels area standard. Shoppers will fancy this Lexus IS as it has a spacious trunk. Standard wheels are 17-in alloy (five-spoke) with 225/45R17 tires. Curb weight of IS 300 trims is 3,583 lb. and IS 350 trims is 3,594 lb.

The Lexus IS exterior features LED headlamps and daytime running lights with intelligent beams that facilitate illumination of the road when moving. It also has a back camera as standard on all trim; that comes in handy for safety; plus good news, power moonroof also as standard. The IS comes with various exterior colors that include:
– Eminent White Pearl,
– Nightfall Mica,
– Nebula Gray Pearl,
– Redline,
– Silver Lining Metallic,
– Caviar,
– Atomic Silver,
– Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 (only on f sport),
– Obsidian.

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The Lexus 2018 IS posses a lot of horsepower with three engine choices, 2.0 liter and 3.5 liters (with different power). The 3.5 liter V6 four-cylinder engine with an attractive 311 horsepower and torque of 280 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm; turbo-charged has an impressive control when it comes to efficiency. It is said to reach speeds as high as 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 230 km/h / 142 mph. Fuel consumption is 20 mpg / 28 mpg / 23 mpg, for city/highway/combined. This is definitely not your regular car. The earlier model’s V-8 engine is set to be replaced by a 3.5-liter twin turbo V-6 which is rated at 415 hp and an impressive 442 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, this sedan uses 8-speed automatic transmission (Direct-Shift in F models). All AWD models have 6-Speed automatic transmission.

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2018 Lexus IS 300 trims on AWD have V6 3.5 liter engine with 260 hp and torque of 236 lb-ft @ 2,000–4,800. Fuel consumption for this one is 19 mpg / 26 mpg / 22 mpg, for city/highway/combined. From 0-60 mph it runs for 6.0 sec, it is the slowest trim, with the top speed of 130 mph / 210 km/h.
The last engine is the smallest one (used on RWD IS 300); turbo 2.0 liter 4-cylinder, with 241 HP and torque of 258 lb-ft @ 1,650–4,400 rpm. Fuel consumption is 25 mpg / 32 mpg / 26 mpg, for city/highway/combined. From 0-60 mph it goes for 6.9 sec, with the maximum speed of 143 mph. Fuel tank capacity for all trims is 17.4 gal.
Finally, this beauty posses Drive Modes, three options to choose; Eco, Normal, and Sport S/Sport S+.

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Conclusion, Price and Release date

Despite the fact that the ES sedan still tops as the best-selling model, Lexus sees its future in the sporty IS that could lure the younger buyers. Lexus 2018 IS cost from $38,000 to $50,000 depending on the trim and level of equipment. As 2018 approaches, we can only hope the giant automobile sets its pace right as the IS will definitely be on the look for many.

Complete price list:

– IS 300 RWD – $38,210
– IS 300 AWD – $40,660
– IS 350 RWD – $41,830
– IS 350 AWD – $43,995
– IS 300 F SPORT RWD – $41,405
– IS 300 F SPORT AWD – $43,455
– IS 350 F SPORT RWD – $45,025
– IS 350 F SPORT AWD – $46,360.


2018 Lexus IS Photos

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