Flash Drive

2019 Lexus IS 350

2019 Lexus ISModel Tested: 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport AWD Sedan

Engine: 3.5-liter V-6,

Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive

Horsepower: 311 • Torque: 280 lb-ft

EPA Rating: 19/City • 26/Highway • 21/Combined

Base Price: $44,095 • As Tested: $53,437


The Lexus IS 350 and IS 300 are the smaller models of the Lexus lineup. The F Sport V-6 is the strongest performer


Strong powerplant delivering excellent acceleration

Smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic with Paddle shifters

Multiple performance modes — Eco to Sport Plus

Push button for snow driving

Sporty handling and performance

Superb driver/passenger performance touring machine

Interior Comfort:

Stretch-out front legroom — with rear seat giving it up.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, with medium deep bolsters

Driver power lumbar control — none for passenger

Heated and cooled front seats with three temps

Very nice, thick, contoured, perforated heated leather steering wheel with wide range tilt/telescopic capability and decent auxiliary controls

High-quality interior materials with excellent fit and finish

Snug backseat, but good headroom

Large floor tunnel negatively effects middle seat position

Soft, wide rear armrest with cupholders

Comfort and headroom are excellent, but legroom varies depending on front seat positioning.


Flat trunk floor for medium to small size trunk, with high lift-over

Split folding seats fold flat

Noticeable height difference between trunk and folded seats

Small, odd shaped console bin

Medium size front door bins with bottle notches

Two seatback pouches

No rear door bins

The IS steering wheel and controls reflect the car’s sporty nature.

WOW Factors:

Handsome styling with one of the best-looking versions of the love it or hate it signature Lexus grille

The handsome, smooth, exterior styling suggests forward motion.

Quality, comfortable interior for front occupants

Tremendous engine and suspension

Fun to drive on winding 2-lane blacktops


The small locking glovebox is taken up with the huge owner’s manual

Snug backseat

Lacking in small item interior storage space

Expensive navigation/audio option

Bottom Line:

The 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport is a compact luxury sedan that delivers an agreeable mix of luxury and performance in a small, nimble package. The small size compromises rear seat and trunk space, but increases the F Sport’s muscularity, resulting in spirited driving in upscale ambiance.