2019 LEXUS IS REVIEW

WHAT'S NEW FOR THE 2019 LEXUS IS?

With its muscular build, oversize front grille, clean lines, and impressive power, the 2019 Lexus IS is not your average commuting sedan. This year, the IS has more safety features and technology than before. Its power, which was already impressive in previous model years, is even more significant now with an upgraded engine and refined handling. Triple-beam LED headlights, which make the IS even more visible, leave no doubt that you'll turn heads wherever you go. But while you have much to enjoy from its good looks and enhanced athleticism, you'll enjoy every ride with the quiet, luxurious interior that sports the latest in creature comforts. This year, there are eight exterior paint colors to choose from and up to five interior color schemes depending on the trim level you're eyeing. 

HOW MANY TRIMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE LEXUS IS? 

In 2019, there are six trim levels of the IS. The base trim is called the IS 300. In this trim, you'll get a premium user-friendly seven-inch infotainment display screen. You can also upgrade to a larger 10.3-inch infotainment screen, which is the largest offered in the luxury sedan class. Navigation is optional with the larger infotainment screen. A variety of driving modes, combined with performance-oriented paddle shifters, add a bit of excitement to any ride you go on. In the IS 300 F Sport RWD, custom sporty seats and a custom driver information display screen make you feel even more racetrack-ready. This trim level also features a mesh grille and signature interior materials to give the IS a more luxurious feel. Next up is the IS 300 AWD. As the name implies, this trim is distinguished by the fact that it comes standard with all-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive.

There are eight standard paint colors to choose from in this trim plus two special colors, a white and a blue, for an added cost. The interior features standard Bluetooth and a premier 10-speaker sound system. A power moonroof is also standard on this trim level, as are heated front seats. There are also a variety of safety features that make the IS 300 AWD as safe as it is attractive. The IS 300 F Sport AWD adds more luxury and convenience with a custom sporty interior that includes heated and sport-style seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a multi-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, and a cabin air filter to keep clean air circulating. The IS 350 RWD comes with tinted class, an optional custom spoiler, a rearview mirror that adjusts to outside lighting conditions, a keyless entry, and a standard 12V power outlet to keep your electronics fully charged. The IS 350 F Sport RWD comes with a standard electronic parking aid, dual-zone air conditioning, folding second-row seats, and a front passenger's seat that is multi-adjustable.

2019 LEXUS IS PERFORMANCE

There are two engines offered in the 2019 Lexus IS. If you choose rear-wheel drive, you'll get a 2.0L, four-cylinder, turbo-charged engine that delivers up to 241 HP and up to 285 LB-FT of torque at 4,400 RPM. The engine is also designed for fuel efficiency, so you don't have to feel guilty about grinding the accelerator when the need for speed strikes. Sport shifters add to the thrill of driving the IS, which has an automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive versions get a 3.5L, six-cylinder engine that produces up to 260 HP and up to 236 LB-FT of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. There is also an available 3.5L, six-cylinder engine that produces up to 311 HP. 

WHAT SAFETY FEATURES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE LEXUS IS?

The Lexus IS keeps you safe with 10 airbags and a variety of driver aids including anti-lock brakes, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, intelligent high beam control, and automatic emergency braking. Rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring are available.

Visit our dealership in Mission Viejo, CA for more information on the Lexus IS and to take a test drive.

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