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Lexus IS Australia

Debuting in Australia in 1999, the Lexus IS is a mid-sized rear-wheel drive medium-sized sedan pitting the luxury Japanese brand into a battle with the likes of the BMW's 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Over the years it has remained true to its rear-drive roots, offering four-cylinder, hybrid and fire-breathing naturally aspirated V8 versions. The range extends from IS IS300 Luxury at $59,340 up to the IS IS300h Sports Luxury Hybrid at $81,160.

The second generation car debuted in Australia in 2006, with the V8-powered F not landing until 2009. The third version of Lexus's most popular model landed locally in 2013, with the model's first turbocharged engine arriving two years later.

Lexus IS Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Lexus IS varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $59,340 and going to $81,160 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $59,340 $81,160
2019 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $46,999 $75,020
2018 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $39,888 $69,630
2017 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $33,800 $63,690
2016 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $27,999 $57,750
See All Lexus IS Pricing and Specs

Lexus IS Colours

  • Sonic Quartz
  • Sonic Silver
  • Titanium
  • Mercury Grey
  • Caliente
  • Vermillion
  • Graphite Black
  • Onyx
  • Liquid Metal
  • Cobalt Mica
  • White Nova
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Lexus IS Wheel Size

The Lexus IS has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x45 R17 for Sedan in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 17x7.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Sedan 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Sedan 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 Sedan 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Sedan 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
2016 Sedan 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Lexus IS Wheel Sizes

Lexus IS Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Lexus IS here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Lexus IS200 2002: Is it worth keeping my car is issues are starting to arise?

    That’s a difficult call to make. The car has done quite a few kilometres and is in the twilight of its life. If it’s been properly serviced all its life to date and you continue to service it well you should be able to keep on top of any issues that crop up. But at the same you should anticipate that problems might occur more often now, and that will involve more expense. Looking forward you need to decide if you want to gamble on it giving little or no trouble, or get out of it. If you are not sure about it get out of it now.

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  • Do trade-in valuations consider added options?

    The trade-in valuations generally don't take options into account, that's consider covered by the range that goes along with the valuation. The trade-in guide on your car is $28,000-$31,500. You should also remember that it's a guide only, and there's no reason why you shouldn't negotiate a better price, and to shop around to get the best price you can. You are better off buying a higher model with everything fitted to it than a lesser model and then optioning it up. It will always be the lesser model, no matter what's fitted to it.

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  • Mustang, 370Z, IS350F, 86 or MX-5?

    If you don’t want a convertible, which rules out the MX-5 as my easy first pick, then the 86 is the car for driving enjoyment on a reasonable budget. But don’t overlook its Subaru twin, the BRZ, which is my choice of the two. Both get The Tick, having shared our Car of the Year award.

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  • Lexus or Mercedes-Benz?

    The Benz is so far ahead of the Lexus that it's not even a contest. The C-Class gets The Tick and is also one of the favourites for our Car of the Year award. I wouldn't bother with the C250 unless it has some standard features you like, because the C200 is a brilliant car.

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Lexus IS Dimensions

The dimensions of the Lexus IS Sedan vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Sedan 1430x1810x4665 mm 121 mm
2019 Sedan 1430x1810x4665 mm 121 mm
2018 Sedan 1430x1810x4665 mm 121 mm
2017 Sedan 1430x1810x4665 mm 121 mm
2016 Sedan 1430x1810x4665 mm 121 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Lexus IS Dimensions

Lexus IS Towing Capacity

The Lexus IS has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Sedan 0kg 1500kg
2019 Sedan 0kg 1500kg
2018 Sedan 0kg 1500kg
2017 Sedan 0kg 1500kg
2016 Sedan 0kg 1500kg
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Lexus IS Fuel Consumption

The Lexus IS is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/PULP and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 4.9L/100km for Sedan /Hyb/PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Sedan 4.9L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2020 Sedan 7.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 4.9L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2019 Sedan 7.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 4.9L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2018 Sedan 7.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 4.9L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2017 Sedan 7.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2016 Sedan 4.9L/100km 2.5L Hyb/PULP CVT AUTO
2016 Sedan 7.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Lexus IS Pricing and Specs for 2020