Lexus introduced the 2021 IS this summer and now the company has announced pricing will start at $39,000 when it arrives at U.S. dealerships next month.
Benefiting from an extensive facelift, the 2021 IS 300 comes nicely equipped with LED lighting units, rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch wheels alloy wheels. The model also has auto-dimming mirrors, a rearview camera with dynamic grid lines and a passive entry system with a push-button ignition.
Moving into the cabin, buyers will find perforated Nuluxe upholstery, a dual-zone automatic climate control system and an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Other highlights include a 10-speaker Pioneer audio system, a HomeLink garage door opener and a 4.2-inch multi-information display.
An assortment of options will be available including heated / ventilated front seats, a power moonroof and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system. Customers can also order a Navigation package which includes a larger 10.3-inch infotainment system.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine resides under the hood where it produces 241 hp (180 kW / 244 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission enables the rear-wheel drive sedan to run from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h).
Customers can also get the IS 300 AWD which starts at $41,000 and comes equipped with heated front seats. Despite wearing the 300 moniker, the model has a six-speed automatic transmission and a 3.5-liter V6 engine developing 260 hp (194 kW / 264 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power and all-wheel drive, the dash to 60 mph (96 km/h) is cut to 6.1 seconds.
Moving up the trim ladder is the IS 350 F Sport which begins at $42,900. The performance-oriented model is distinguished by aggressive bumpers, a rear spoiler and a sportier dual exhaust system. The car also has a sport-tuned suspension and larger 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, there’s additional standard equipment including a heated sport steering wheel and an LFA-inspired digital instrument cluster. Buyers will also find heated / ventilated sport seats and black geometric trim.
More meaningful upgrades occur under the hood as the IS 350 F Sport has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 311 hp (231 kW / 315 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. The rear-wheel drive variant has an eight-speed automatic transmission and can run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.6 seconds. The all-wheel drive variant – which starts at $44,900 – has a six-speed automatic and a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of 5.7 seconds.
If that isn’t impressive enough, there’s an F Sport Dynamic Handling Package that adds an adaptive suspension, a limited slip differential (RWD only), a carbon fiber rear spoiler and 19-inch BBS wheels with a matte black finish. The package also spruces up the cabin with ash wood trim.
Note: Prices exclude a $1,025 delivery, processing and handling fee