2018 Lexus IS 350

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MSRP $41,830 - $43,995
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2018 Lexus IS 350 Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: January 13, 2021

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The new Lexus IS 350 comes in two trim options and is powered by a 3.5-liter engine making 311hp, 5hp more than the previous year. Being a Lexus the good quality equipment is offered and there are many features included as standards like a Navigation system, leather interiors, and a good infotainment system. Lexus offers this at a starting MSRP of $41,830. 

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Pros

Pleasant ride and handling

Upscale and quiet interior

Cons

Smaller trunk space compared to the competition

What's New?

More powerful engine

Adaptive headlights

Fitted standard rearview camera


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Videos
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Colors and Styles

2018 Lexus IS 350 in Atomic Silver color 2018 Lexus IS 350 in Caviar color 2018 Lexus IS 350 in Eminent White Pearl color 2018 Lexus IS 350 in Nightfall Mica color 2018 Lexus IS 350 in Ultra White color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

5.3

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.3

Interior

5.7

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.3

Competition

6.4

Final Verdict

7.6

6.8

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2018 Lexus IS 350 Base

Base

power
311 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$41,830 - $43,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,830 MSRP (20/23/28) 311 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Premium unleaded (required)
8-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $43,995 MSRP (19/22/26) 311 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Premium unleaded (required)
6-speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.8

Overall Rating


The Lexus IS 350 comes with all premium features at a price of $41,830. This is actually quite good as the luxury brand of Toyota you do get a sense of it being reliable. The good part of the new car is that the engine is more powerful than the previous year’s model by 5hp. Also comes with this new adaptive headlight and a standard rearview camera. All the additions are good and come with a long list of standard features that are focused on keeping the occupants comfortable.

2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan front view
2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan rear view

5.3/10
Pricing and Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.3/10
Fuel Economy

5.7/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.3/10
Safety

6.4/10
Competition

7.6/10
Final Verdict


2018 Lexus IS 350 Pricing and Features

5.3/10

The 2018 Lexus IS 350 is available in two trims which are moderately priced. You can add more sportiness to your IS 350 by opting for the F sports variant, it offers sporty interior and subtle exterior features. Both trims get the same 3.5-liter making 311hp and the same drivetrain options as well. Here is what’s on offer.

Trim

IS 350

IS 350 F Sport

MSRP

$41,830

$46,025

Key Features

Navigation System

Navigation System

 

Navigation System with Mark Levinson Audio System (optional)

Navigation System with Mark Levinson Audio System (optional)

 

F Sport Package with Comfort Package

F Sport Package

 

Comfort Package

F Sport Package with Comfort Package

 

Premium Paint

Comfort Package

 

Intuitive Park Assist

Premium Paint

   

Intuitive Park Assist

   

Wheels: 18" 5-Spoke Alloy

   

Wheels: 18" Mesh Alloy

Buying Advice

We would recommend buying the IS 350 in the standard trim. We say this because the F-sport adds a lot of sporty parts without the change in engine or drivetrain. Additionally, the same number of options are available including an F-sport package for the standard trim which you can add on if you like. 

2018 Lexus IS 350 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Lexus IS 350 is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 making 311hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. The engine is 5hp more than the previous year. There are two transmission options: the first is a 6-speed automatic which will direct power to all the wheels. The second is an 8-speed automatic which will direct power to the rear wheels only. 

Models

Lexus IS 350

BMW 340i

Infiniti Q50 3.0t luxe

Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury

MSRP

$41,830

$48,950

$38,950

$44,295

Engine

3.5 liter V6

3.0 liter inline-6

3.0 liter V6

3.6 liter V6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

311hp@6400rpm

320hp@5500rpm

300hp@6400rpm

335hp@6800rpm

Torque

277lb-ft@4800rpm

330lb-ft@1380rpm

295lb-ft@1600rpm

285 lb-ft@5300rpm

The Cadillac ATS is the most powerful of the above, making 335 hp. Then comes the BMW 340i making 320hp, the Lexus IS 350 making 311hp, and the Infiniti Q50 making 300hp, the least power of the above cars.

2018 Lexus IS 350 Acceleration Performance

It jumps from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds and reaches the quarter-mile mark in 13 .9 seconds. It will then continue to its top speed of 143 miles per hour. This is the same for all trim levels of the sedan. 

2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan accelerate in 5.5 sec

Models

Lexus IS 350

BMW 340i

Infiniti Q50 3.0t luxe

Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury

0-60 MPH

5.5

4.8

5

5.6

Quarter mile

14.1

13.4

13.6

14.2

Engine(liters)

3.5

3.0

3.0

3.6

Top Speed

143

130

155

150

The fastest 0-60 is by the BMW 340i setting a time of 4.8 seconds, followed closely by the Infiniti Q50 with a time of 5 seconds. Then comes the Lexus IS 350 with a time of 5.5 seconds, marginally ahead of the Cadillac ATS with a time of 5.6 seconds.

2018 Lexus IS 350 Ride and Handling

The ride by the Lexus is smooth, the suspension adapts to the bumps in the road nicely. In the F-sport variant, the suspension is much stiffer as to being more sportier but is still a smooth comfortable ride even on a not-so-smooth road. 

The steering on the standard variant is a bit light for our liking but is light enough for you for people to enjoy. The F-sport is sharper than the standard variant. When you put your foot down all you have to do is point the vehicle in a certain direction and it will follow. 

2018 Lexus IS 350 Braking Performance

The 2018 Lexus IS 350 comes equipped with 13.2-inch and 12.2-inch in the rear ventilated discs. The braking performance is quite good, as its brakes bring the sedan to a stop from 60mph in 112 feet. Whether you select all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive or the F-sport variant, the brakes will remain the same.

Models

Lexus IS 350

BMW 340i

Infiniti Q50 3.0t luxe

Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury

Brake Front (in.)

13.2

13.4

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

13

12.1

12.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3594 lbs.

3695 lbs.

3730 lbs.

3461 lbs.

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112

109

111

110

A margin sets the stopping distances. The BMW 340i has the least, with a distance of 109 feet. Then comes the Cadillac ATS with a distance of 110 feet, the Infiniti Q50 with a distance of 111 feet and then comes the Lexus IS 350 with a distance of 112 feet. 

2018 Lexus IS 350 Fuel Economy

7.3/10

Lexus is by all accounts more centered on performance than on conveying stellar eco-friendliness. It manages to pull 20 and 28 MPG in city and highway respectively and 23 combined.

Models

Lexus IS 350

BMW 340i

Infiniti Q50 3.0t luxe

Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury

MPG (city)

20

21

20

19

MPG (highway)

28

32

29

30

MPG (combined)

23

25

23

24

Fuel Capacity

17.4

15.8

20.0

16

Range (city/highway/combined)

348/487/400

332/506/395

400/580/460

320/480/384

The most combined ranges offered by the Infiniti Q50 of 460 miles. The next most range is offered by the Lexus IS 350 of 400 miles, BMW 340i of 395 miles, and the least range by a margin is offered by the Cadillac ATS of 384 miles.

2018 Lexus IS 350 Interior

5.7/10

The cabin has an upscale appearance, materials feel and look expensive with leatherette in the standard car and the F-sport getting leather upholstery in black with contrast stitching. With its extensive, crouched center console, multilevel dashboard, analog clock, and dual-zone air conditioning you could say it is a much pricier car than it actually is.

2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan front seats

Models

Lexus IS 350

BMW 340i

Infiniti Q50 3.0t luxe

Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/55.9/44.8

40.3/55.1/42.0

39.5/56.7/44.5

38.6/55.2/42.5

second(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.7/55.1/35.1

36.8/56.1/35.1

36.8/53.9/33.5

By stock, the front seats are bucket seats and the amount of lumbar support is adjustable. In the F-sport trim, the front seats are 10-way power-adjustable with power lumbar support for the driver and 8-way power-adjustable passenger seats. This trim also has heated and ventilated front seats for added comfort. 

2018 Lexus IS 350 Infotainment System

The infotainment system of the Lexus IS 350 features a 7inch VGA screen with the option of a 10-inch screen. The system has the basics including Bluetooth connectivity, voice command, real-time weather, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (subscription required), and a few more.

2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan infotainment screen

Some of the features are:

  • 10-inch Display
  • GPS navigation (optional)
  • 10 speakers audio system
  • 15-speakers Mark Levinson Audio system (optional) 
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Voice Command
  • Real-time weather
  • USB ports

2018 Lexus IS 350 Cargo volume

The Lexus IS 350 has a trunk volume of 10 cu-ft. This is big enough to hold your everyday items and a couple of suitcases in the trunk. The rear seats do fold down in the 60/40 configuration and open up space for you to hold more cargo.

Models

Lexus IS 350

BMW 340i

Infiniti Q50 3.0t luxe

Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury

Cargo Volume (cu-ft)

10.8

13

13.5

10.4

The Infiniti Q50 has the largest trunk space of 13.5 cu-ft. Following this is the BMW 348 which has a trunk space of 13 cu-ft, the Lexus IS 350 with a space of 10.8 cu-ft, and then comes the Cadillac ATS with a trunk space of 10.4 cu-ft. 

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2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan interior image
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2018 Lexus IS 350 Exterior

7.0/10

Touching the line amongst embellishment and refinement, the IS's outside unquestionably puts forth a styling expression. Its spindle-shaped grille, emotional headlights, and strong body lines are indisputably Lexus. Its outline will overpower self-observers; the IS needs to be noticed.

2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan 

Every IS highlights a power sunroof, exciting headlight, and LED indicator looking like eyebrows bent inwards when frowning. Deciding on the F sport trim additionally includes one of a kind front and back fascias and exceptional 18-inch F-sport 5-spoke wheels. Speaking of wheels, there is a spare wheel stored under the cargo floor.

Models

Lexus IS 350

BMW 340i

Infiniti Q50 3.0t luxe

Cadillac ATS Premium Luxury

Curb weight (lbs.)

3594 lbs.

3695 lbs.

3730 lbs.

3461 lbs.

Length(in)

184.3 in.

182.8 in.

189.6 in.

182.8 in.

Width(in)

71.3 in.

71.3 in.

71.8 in.

71.1 in.

Height(in)

56.3 in.

56.3 in.

56.8 in.

55.9 in.

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

5.5

5.1

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

110.2 in.

110.6 in.

112.2 in.

109.3 in.

Track width (in) F

60.4 in.

60.5 in.

60.8 in.

59.5 in.

Track width (in) R

60.6 in.

62.1 in.

61.8 in.

60.9 in.

In terms of dimensions, the Lexus IS 350 is quite similar to the above sedans in length, width, height, and even ground clearance. The difference is seen in the curb weight where the Lexus is in the middle, not the heaviest nor the lightest. 

2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan exterior image
2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan exterior image
2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan exterior image
2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan exterior image
2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan exterior image
2018 Lexus IS 350 Sedan exterior image

2018 Lexus IS 350 Safety

8.3/10

The Lexus IS 350 has been given a safety rating of 5-stars out of a possible 5-stars by the NHTSA, with great scores. The IIHS has got high scores as well for the car and has awarded it the 2018 Top Safety Pick award. Now, Lexus does take safety quite seriously and equips the car with safety features, these include: 

  • Collision Warning
  • Around View Monitor
  • Forward Emergency Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Automatic High Beam Headlights

2018 Lexus IS 350 Competition

6.4/10

BMW 340i 4 vs Lexus IS 350

The BMW 340i is a well-rounded sedan, it is also marginally better than the Lexus in almost every aspect, with more power, better performance, and more space in the interior and trunk. However, the BMW 340i is also $8,000 more than the Lexus, which makes the Lexus with similar capabilities very attractive. 

BMW 340i

Infiniti Q50 vs Lexus IS 350

The Infiniti Q50 is a good rival to the Lexus IS 350 as they have a lot of similarities. But, the Lexus does outdo the Q50 in many aspects, except for rear-seat space. The Infiniti Q50 is a bit cheaper than the Lexus IS 350 but, we would go for the Lexus.

Infiniti Q50

Cadillac ATS vs Lexus IS 350

The Cadillac ATS is more powerful and is slightly higher priced than the Lexus as well. But, The Lexus does provide better range than the ATS and also more trunk space (marginally). However, the Lexus IS 350 does offer a lot of features as standard making this a much better option of the two.

Cadillac ATS

 

2018 Lexus IS 350 Final Verdict

7.6/10

The Lexus IS 350 is a well-equipped sedan with adequate power from a 3.5-liter engine, good ride, and comes with a lot of features including two drivetrain options. The F-sport is the sportier option, even though the ride is stiffer and the handling sharper, the car is as comfortable as the standard trim.

Used Lexus IS 350 for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2020 Lexus IS 350 0 $49,590 3 Listings
2020 Lexus IS 350 0 $37,586 13 Listings
2020 Lexus IS 350 0 $31,999 27 Listings
2019 Lexus IS 350 0 $39,997 1 Listings
2019 Lexus IS 350 0 $32,488 14 Listings
2018 Lexus IS 350 0 $33,589 17 Listings
2018 Lexus IS 350 4 $27,800 39 Listings
2017 Lexus IS 350 6 $23,995 92 Listings
2017 Lexus IS 350 0 $29,588 26 Listings
2016 Lexus IS 350 1 $24,871 18 Listings
2016 Lexus IS 350 4 $18,599 121 Listings
2015 Lexus IS 350 1 $20,450 10 Listings
2015 Lexus IS 350 6 $8,950 120 Listings
2014 Lexus IS 350 13 $12,995 159 Listings
2014 Lexus IS 350 0 $23,799 2 Listings
2013 Lexus IS 350 0 $16,999 5 Listings
2012 Lexus IS 350 0 $12,299 18 Listings
2011 Lexus IS 350 4 $10,495 19 Listings
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