2017 Lexus IS 200t review

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Lexus IS 200t highlights

Customer rating


  • Sporty appearance
  • Premium-feeling interior
  • Generous standard features


  • No manual transmission
  • Limited trunk and cabin space
  • Frustrating infotainment controls

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 32 highway, 26 combined

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Turbo performance with an upscale interior

Refreshed for 2017 with subtle new looks and a mildly refreshed interior, the 2017 Lexus IS 200t is enjoyable to drive no matter what road you’re on. It's also full of features to help keep you connected and comfortable on every drive.

All Lexus IS 200t years

What is new for the 2017 Lexus IS 200t?

  • IS 200t trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment this year.
  • Heated Steering Wheel features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2017 Lexus IS 200t

1. Strong performance 

Billed as a sports sedan, the 2017 Lexus IS 200t has plenty of pace to please. The 241-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine has 258 lb-ft of torque, and a zero to 60 time of 6.9 seconds, so you won’t be left wanting on highway overtakes. The eight-speed automatic transmission has downshift throttle-blipping for quicker responses and more precise shifts. The engine is designed with technologies to improve gas mileage, too, and the IS 200t with 17-inch wheels to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg combined. 

2. Arresting looks 

The new-for-2017 grille and headlight design give the IS 200t increased curb appeal. If you’re pulling into the office or restaurant parking lot, you’ll turn heads with IS 200t’s upswept and dynamic lines. The Redline or available Ultrasonic Blue Mica paint colors will really make you stand out, but for a subtler appearance, choose either the Caviar or Nightfall Mica finishes introduced for the 2017 trim. 

3. Lots of features 

Making your decision-making easy, the Lexus IS 200t is available in the sole IS 200t trim. It doesn’t shy away from standard features with LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, front seats with power adjustments, 60/40 split-fold rear seats, and imitation leather trim. For 2017, a suite of driver-assist features comes as standard, and a wealth of available packages ramp up the kit count. Sure to please music lovers, choose the Navigation/Mark Levinson® package for a navigation system plus a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound audio set-up with 835 watts. 

4. Interior technology 

The Lexus IS 200t has a four-door silhouette, but inside there are touches that can be found on some sports cars. Taking cues from the Lexus LFA supercar, the ambience is cocooning and luxurious, and the use of upscale materials impresses. The levels of onboard technology will keep you entertained, too, from the touch-sensitive sliders of the dual-zone climate control system, to the seven-inch display audio system with HD Radio®, and USB and Bluetooth® connectivity. Opt for the available Navigation package, and you get a 10.3-inch screen for convenient and clear directions.  

5. An enjoyable drive 

Whether dropping the kids at kindergarten or scaling twisty mountain roads, the IS 200t is an enjoyable and comfortable drive. The rear-wheel drive chassis gives it crisp handling through the corners, and the direct steering makes it easy to place, wherever you’re driving. The standard Drive Select Mode offers different settings allowing you to enhance the dynamic experience, and if you still want more, the available F Sport package amplifies the sporty feel. F Sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, aluminum pedals, a black headliner, and extra bolstered heated and ventilated front seats may make it desirable for those solo drives. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Lexus IS 200t an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Lexus IS 200t 4th out of 68 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Lexus IS 200t is $419, compared to an average of $617 for Luxury Midsize Cars and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Lexus IS 200t owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 1.4 times for Luxury Midsize Cars and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 5% for the Lexus IS 200t, compared to an average of 13% for Luxury Midsize Cars and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Lexus IS 200t features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Mark Levinson Sound
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 44.8"/R 32.2"

Head room

F 38.2"/R 36.9"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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