The 2017 Lexus IS 200t is the automaker's most accessible alternative to the well-known European luxury sedan competition. With a well-honed ride, ample features and low noise levels, it's got the refinement to be a convincing choice.
The IS 200t is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (241 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimated fuel economy is 22/32 mpg city/highway. The turbocharged engine is eager at low revs and sounds more refined than BMW's 2.0-liter engine. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and the engine feels strong in real-world driving.
In the compact luxury sport sedan class, the IS 200t makes its mark with a stylish interior. The smooth black headliner is attractive and the thick steering wheel feels great. The central gauge can move from one side of the cluster to the other, changing the layout of the digital screens around the tachometer and digital speedometer. The analog clock in the dash looks rich, and the car's screen is ideally placed at the top of the dash.
Standard equipment includes a solid array of features including LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, premium vinyl seat upholstery, a 10-speaker sound system, a 7-inch display screen, and keyless entry and ignition.
A standard suite of active safety tech includes a lane departure mitigation system (the car can make slight steering corrections to keep you in your lane) and a precollision system that can apply the brakes if an obstacle ahead is sensed. Adaptive cruise control is also part of the package.