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Lexus IS Sedan (3th gen, XE30, 2020 facelift)

MSRP 39000 USDNEX score 55%

Product Overview

The 2021 Lexus IS pushes its sports sedan characteristic to a new level. From the functional aerodynamic enhancements to aggressive character lines, the 2021 redesign reflects the athletic nature of the IS.
New 19-inch wheels accentuate the redesigned exterior and improve cornering performance. The suspension setup now features coil springs 20% lighter than those found in the outgoing model, and the new forged aluminium control arms (in place of the outgoing steel ones) are 18% lighter. Overall, these updates reduce unsprung weight and improve ride comfort as well as handling.
The 2021 IS F SPORT trim is exclusive to the IS 350 powered by the 311-hp 3.5L naturally-aspirated V6. The IS300, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged I4 that features Variable Valve Timing intelligent - Wide (VVTi-W) that allows the engine to switch between Otto and Atkinson cycles.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Lots of standard driver-assistance features
  • Excellent ride quality
Cons
  • Lack of storage space
  • Awkward touchpad controller

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 55% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
Cons
  • Lack of storage space
  • Awful backup camera
  • Uncomfortable to drive
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Specifications

Variants:
AWD
IS300
IS300 AWD
IS350
IS350 AWD
RWD

Construction

Body Style
Compact executive sedan

Dimensions

Size | Height
1435 mm
Size | Length
4705 mm
Size | Width
1840 mm
Wheel Size
18 or 19 inches
Wheelbase
2800 mm

Performance

IS350Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
5.6 sec
IS350 AWDAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
5.7 sec

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
AWD or RWD
IS300Engine | Displacement
2.0 L
IS350Engine | Power
311 hp
IS300Engine | Power
241 hp
IS300 AWDEngine | Power
236 lb-ft
IS350Engine | Torque
280 lb-ft
IS300Engine | Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1650-4400 rpm
IS300 AWDEngine | Torque
260 hp
IS350Engine | Type
V6
IS300Engine | Type
Inline 4, turbocharged
IS300 AWDEngine | Type
V6
AWDTransmission | Gears
6-speed
RWDTransmission | Gears
8-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic

Production

Availability
2020-10
Debut
2020-06-15 2020 facelift

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 55%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The 2021 Lexus IS 300 starts at $40,025 including $1,025 for destination. The 3.5-liter V6 is fine, but it's dragged down by an old six-speed automatic transmission. The interior is nicely appointed, even if there's a lack of storage space.
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Pros
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Uncomfortable to drive
  • Lack of storage space
  • Awful backup camera

User Reviews

References

1. ^ 2021 Lexus IS 300 review: Still so close to greatness. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2021-lexus-is-review/. 2021-01-25. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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