2021 Lexus IS 350

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2021 Lexus IS 350 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: September 9, 2020
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Harsh Chauhan

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A well-designed interior, eye captivating curves and lines in the front with the big Lexus tag on the boot lid are all a remedy for the perfect luxury-performance sedan. The new 2021 Lexus IS 350 is indeed a masterpiece in the array of sedans from the Asian manufacturer. The absolute refinement and authenticity it carries throughout its entire frame and pure soul makes it different from the typical sedans. 

The 2021 Lexus IS 350 will compete with the notable opponents like 2021 BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive, 2021 Jaguar XE, and 2021 Genesis G70. The Lexus IS 350, which is from the third generation of the IS 350, will continue to have the same exterior designs and most interior features for the 2021 model. Also, the IS 350 is available in one trim level, which is the IS 350 itself, that costs $45000.

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Pros

Exotic styling

A V6 in a segment of inline-fours

Agile handling

Cons

Cramped rear seats

Low fuel efficiency

What's New?

Updates on the Exterior

Improved handling dynamics

Updates in the Interior


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Lexus IS 350 Review video

Styles

2021 Lexus IS 350 in Autumn Shimmer color 2021 Lexus IS 350 in Liquid Platinum color 2021 Lexus IS 350 in Caviar color
Autumn Shimmer

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.3

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.4

Final Verdict

7.6

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Lexus IS 350 Base

Base

power
311 hp
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$42,180 - $44,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $44,345 MSRP (19/21/26) 311 hp, 3.5L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,180 MSRP (19/21/26) 311 hp, 3.5L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


Apart from the unaccustomed exteriors, the interior and a collection of luxury features in the cabin, has made the 2021 Lexus IS 350 more sophisticated and dazzlingly distinguishable. It adds the enthralling performance and the acrobatic expedition to the line of features that have made this new Lexus more promising, charming and competent among the rivals. 

The throaty V6 plays a soundtrack to mesmerize the enthusiast within you. It has all the trademark dynamics of a Lexus with a very refined and smooth drive. The reliability makes it stand out among all the other competitions that aren’t as thrifty as the Lexus in the up-keep, as it is a Toyota underneath all the bling. Let's dive right in and find out what’s Lexus has in store for us with the new updated 2021 Lexus IS 350.

2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan Front view
2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan Rear view

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

6.4/10
Competition

 

7.6/10
Final Verdict

 

2021 Lexus IS 350 Features

8.0/10

We expect the newly refreshed 2021 Lexus IS 350 to have an enthralling performance and more astonishing features like the 2020 model. According to the 2020 data, the Lexus IS 350 is available in one trim level, IS 350 as the previous year. The expected price for the 2021 model is $42180 for RWD and $44345 for AWD. 

2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan third quarter view

The 2021 model will incorporate features like high illuminated headlights, taillights, fog lamps, more easy handling updates, and smart device integration technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For the year 2021, Lexus is planning to add ingredients like advanced paddle-shift transmissions, optional heated and ventilated front seats, and power driver & passenger seats.

Trim 

IS 350

MSRP(RWD)

$42180

MSRP (AWD) 

$44345

Key Features 

Bluetooth connectivity 

 

10.3 inches split-screen multimedia display 

 

SiriusXM satellite radio 

 

HD radio 

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

 

Lexus Enform remote technology 

Since the 2021 Lexus IS 350 has only one trim, IS 350, which embodies the maximum number of modern upgraded technologies and luxuries in it. Starting with a base price of $42180, which is likely to increase in the coming years, the Lexus IS 350 is reasonably expensive. 

Also, it is a fact that the Lexus IS 350 has made some standard features available in the 2020 model, into optional for the 2021 model. But compared to some modern sedans entering the market recently, Lexus IS 350 does not have many standard features in it. However, it hinders most of the features as optional.

2021 Lexus IS 350 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The 2021 Lexus IS 350 starting from the base price of $42180 meets the increase and decrease in the price in different regions. Even though the sedan has a reasonable price, it is an acceptable range of safety and reliability features in it. 

Reliability and Ownership Cost

Even though the standard base price of the 2021 Lexus IS 350 is $42180, there will be variations in the price of the same car in different places for sure. But since the official price details of the Lexus IS 350 in places around the US are not available yet, we can assume the nearly cost. 

In Washington, the cost of the Lexus IS 350 would be usually high. While, at the same time and for the same model, in New Jersey, the cost will be comparably less. So according to the places, the price and ownership costs also vary.

Warranty 

Like the other safety features and important things, the warranty is also important. Lexus IS 350 provides four years of basic warranty and six years of corrosion warranty.

Criteria 

Period 

Basic warranty 

4 years/ 50000 miles

Corrosion warranty 

6 years/ unlimited 

Drivetrain warranty 

6 years/ 70000 miles 

Roadside assistance 

4 years/ unlimited 

The 2020 Lexus IS 350 is the most efficient and reliable sedan with its reliability and warranty features. So according to the 2020 information, we expect that the 2021 model sedan will be also a genuine and promising one. Buying such an expensive sedan will create a terrifying nightmare for many of the customers about the maintenance. 

Lexus has made a solution to this problem by providing a 4year/50000mi basic warranty, a 6-year/unlimited corrosion warranty, a 6-year/70000mi drivetrain warranty, and a 4year/unlimited roadside assistance. Also, Lexus IS 350 has made sure that it also adds a rational maintenance plan is in the section.

2021 Lexus IS 350 Buying Advice

The all-new 2021 Lexus IS 350 is a semi-luxurious and comfy sedan starting with a base price of $42180 or more. Available in one trim, there are no other alternatives to examine. 

Although the purchase of the new Lexus IS 350 might feel like a nightmare because of the heavy price, it extends an acceptable range of facilities and features in it. So buying a new Lexus IS 350 is worth buying and is also good for the money.

Is buying a used Lexus IS 350 a good idea?

Since the sedan is not fully redesigned but only improved, buying a used Lexus Is 350 will be a waste of your money and time. We would strongly recommend you to wait for the upcoming models with increased features and facilities. So it is better not to go for a used Lexus IS 350.

2021 Lexus IS 350 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2021 Lexus IS 350 equips a powerful 3.5L unleaded V6 engine capable of delivering a power of 311hp and a torque of 280lb-ft with the All-Wheel Drivetrain and 6 speed automatic W/OD transmission. The engine placed in the Lexus IS 350 is efficient and is the most powerful one among the notable rivals.

The all-new Lexus IS 350 shows how a sporty sedan should accomplish the needs and wants of the buyer. 

Models 

2021 Lexus IS 350 

2020 BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive

2020 Jaguar XE 

2020 Genesis G70 

MSRP (AWD)

$44,345

$42,750

$41,900

$37,450

Engine 

3.5L V6

2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder

2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder

2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder

Transmission 

6-speed automatic W/OD 

8-speed automatic W/OD 

8-speed automatic W/OD 

8-speed automatic W/OD 

Power (hp @ rpm)

311 @ 6,600

255 @ 5.000

247 @ 5.500

252 @ 6.200

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

280 @ 4,800

295 @ 1,550

269 @ 1,300

260 @ 1,400

According to the data Lexus IS 350 is the most expensive and Genesis G70 is the least expensive sedan. Regardless of the price of the sedan, it is Lexus IS 350 itself that offers the maximum power and powerful engine. 

The BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive provides maximum torque greater than the rivals. Also, BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive follows Lexus IS 350 closely in providing second maximum power, and Lexus IS 350 follows BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive in offering second maximum torque.

2021 Lexus IS 350 Acceleration and Braking Performance

2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan Braking

The 3.5L V6 engine can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds and can reach quarter-mile with 14.1 seconds. From the data, the Lexus IS 350 is a speedy sedan in the array. 

Speaking of the brake rotors fixed, the strong brakes are more efficient and can make the sedan come to a quick halt. The most track-tuned chassis components boast a weapon to command like a superior. 

Models 

2021 Lexus IS 350 

2020 BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive

2020 Jaguar XE 

2020 Genesis G70 

0-60 (seconds)

5.6

5.3

6.6

6.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.1

14.1

15

14.7

Top speed 

143

131

120

150

Brake rotor front (inches)

13.1

N/A

12.8

12.6

Brake rotor rear (inches)

12.2

N/A

12.8

12.4

60-0 (ft.)

128

123

123

N/A

The BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive is the silently agile vehicle capable of gaining 0-60 in just 5.3 seconds. Also, both Lexus IS 350 and BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive come in a tie in terms of the time taken to gain a quarter-mile.

In terms of the top speed gained by the sedans, here Genesis G70 occupies the first position beating others. Genesis G70 is closely followed by the Lexus IS 350 with a second-greater top speed. Speaking of the braking performance of the sedans in the array, Lexus IS 350 is well-equipped with the most powerful and strong front brake rotors than the other sedans. 

2021 Lexus IS 350 Fuel Economy

7.3/10

2021 Lexus IS 350 is not bad in the MPG figures. It produces a mileage of 19/26/21 for city/highway/combined respectively. The fuel tank is efficient at holding 17.4 gallons in it.

Models 

2021 Lexus IS 350 

2020 BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive

2020 Jaguar XE 

2020 Genesis G70 

MPG (City) 

19

25

24

20

MPG (Highway) 

26

34

34

27

MPG (Combined) 

21

28

28

23

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

17.4

15.6

16.6

15.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined; in Miles)

330.6/452.4/365.4

390/530.4/436.8

398.4/564.4/464.8

316/426.6/363.4

Looking at the MPG figures of the sedans above, BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive and Jaguar XE seem to be the most fuel-efficient sedans in the entire lineup. Genesis G70 in the department of fuel economy is led by both BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive and Jaguar XE S, neither of which disappoints the customers

On a comparison of the fuel tank capacity in the sedans, Lexus IS 350 is the sedan with high fuel tank capacity and Jaguar XE S is with great mileage and range. Lexus IS 350 does not extend a good mileage figure regarding its segment, except its large fuel tank capacity offers a better range than the Genesis.

2021 Lexus IS 350 Interior

8.0/10

By providing a seating versatility for five people, the new 2021 Lexus IS 350 comes with four doors and acceptable interior spaces. Also, it extends a set of other interior features. Some notable interior features of the new 2021 Lexus IS 350 are, optional heated and ventilated front seats, NuLuxe interior trim- the material offers good looks and supple texture to the interior of the sedan which makes it more stylish. 

2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan Front seats

There are plenty of features like dual-zone climate control, leather-covered steering wheel with shift knobs, a 10-way power-adjustable sport seats, touch-based climate control that let you feel at home, and one will appreciate how everything is at your fingertip. Everything reeks of luxury, right from drive mode selector knob, which has a knurled finish, the sleek and stylish dashboard with suede-like fabric. Apart from these, there are many more features except the standard ones in the new Lexus IS 350. 

Models 

2021 Lexus IS 350 

2020 BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive

2020 Jaguar XE 

2020 Genesis G70 

Seating Capacity 

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/ Legroom; in inches)

38.2/55.9/44.8

38.7/56.0/42.0

37.0/56.8/41.5

39.4/56.3/42.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/ Legroom; in inches)

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.6/54.6/35.2

37.054.7/35.0

36.9/54.6/34.8

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

10.8

17

14.5

10.5

While everyone offers seating versatility for five passengers, the interior room spaces they offer differs from one to another. Genesis G70 offers maximum front headroom, Jaguar XE S provides maximum front shoulder room and Lexus IS 350 extends greater front legroom. 

Also, by taking the above data table into account the sedan that offers maximum rare room spaces is BMW 330ixDrive. Because it has made its interior rear rooms more comfortable by giving a wider headroom and legroom. 

Speaking of the luggage capacity, here also BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive has the largest trunk space of 17 cu.ft, and Genesis G70 has the least trunk space. Lexus IS 350 offers poor trunk space when compared to all other sedans in the list except Genesis G70. 

How is the 2021 Lexus IS 350’s infotainment system?

While giving its priorities to the engine performance, and design department, Lexus didn’t forget to make a standout and thrilling infotainment system inside its IS 350 2021. The infotainment system inside the sedan is magnificent and functioning. 

2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan Infotainment system

The user-friendly 10.3 inches touch screen allows you to scroll and select your favorite music and other entertainment radio stations, thus helping you relax a bit while driving, and also it gives access to navigation maps and provides you a stunning visual experience. 

Other than this there is a wide set of features that put on the list of the infotainment features of the 2021 Lexus IS 350. Some of them are Lexus Enform Remote that helps you to start and stop the vehicle, change the climate, lock and unlock the doors, change the music, etc, a center console controller that gives you access to control audio and climate systems, and SiriusXM satellite radio. 

There also is a Lexus premium audio system that provides you an immersive sound experience with optimized speaker placemats throughout the cabin, Mark Levinson audio system with 15 speakers, quality voice command, Sirius eyes free for compatible iPhones, and HD radio. 

Apart from the standard infotainment features, there are more optional features in the 2021 Lexus IS 350, like remote touch. 

2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan
2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan
2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan
2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan
2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan
2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan

2021 Lexus IS 350 Exterior

8.0/10

Like the interior features, Lexus IS 350 also has a sleek and gauzy exterior design philosophy. The premium triple-beam headlamps give it a sharp and sophisticated look and also refuse to go unnoticed. Also, the front and rear ambient lighting is an add-on to the exterior look of the Lexus IS 350. 

2021 Lexus IS 350 Sedan third quarter view

Apart from these features, some other exterior aspects include 18 inches all-season alloy wheels, exhaust vents, LED taillights, and headlights with zestful indicators.

Models 

2021 Lexus IS 350 

2020 BMW 3-Series 330ixDrive

2020 Jaguar XE 

2020 Genesis G70 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3737

3764

3550

3673

Length (inches)

184.3

185.7

184.2

184.4

Width (inches)

71.3

71.9

77.4

72.8

Height (inches)

56.3

57

56.1

55.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.1

5.3

4.3

5.5

Wheelbase (inches)

110.2

112.2

111.6

111.6

BMW 330ixDrive is the most weighty sedan in the array when compared to all rivals in the line-up. Also, it is the lengthiest and tallest sedan with maximum wheelbase than others in the array. Genesis G70 beats others in terms of ground clearance. 

2021 Lexus IS 350 Safety

9.0/10

While giving heed to the beauty and performance aspects, Lexus IS 350 didn’t forget to take a glance at its safety measures, which is the most important thing with the vehicles. Lexus IS 350 doesn’t disappoint the customers in this department. 

Some notable safety features available in the 2020 Lexus IS 350 are lane assistance technology, VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management), Lexus Enform safety connect, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, and 10 airbags. 

Optional features include rain-sensing wipers, intuitive parking assist, blind-spot detectors, rear cross-traffic alert, tire pressure monitor system, and smart stop technology. We expect the 2021 model year vehicle to have these safety features. 

2021 Lexus IS 350 Competition

6.4/10

The midsized luxury sedan segment is very heated with every competitor bringing something unique on the table. With a race for the highest sales lets see how the 2021 Lexus IS 350 will fare against the rivals in the market.

2021 Lexus IS 350 vs BMW 3-Series 330i xDrive

BMW 3-series is the epitome of a drivers experience in a sedan of this segment. It has the perfect lines and size to make it the best fit in tight traffic and the handle like a dream on the lane and freeway switches. These dynamics are sadly not what the Lexus Is 350 has to offer. With just the best handling, the Beamer puts the more powerful Lexus far behind in the race for the best pick.

2021 BMW 3-Series 330i xDrive

2021 Lexus IS 350 vs Jaguar XE

The British engineered Jaguar seems lackluster compared to the Lexus in every aspect of the comparison. Quality of interior materials used in the Lexus are far superior to the kind used in the Jaguar. Both these cars are reminiscent of an outdated design style which is need of a major upgrade. In the current time the Lexus is a better pick.

2021 Jaguar XE Sedan

2021 Lexus IS 350 Final Verdict

7.6/10

Lexus IS 350 is indeed a quality choice when it comes to sedans. The only negative side of this sedan is that it is quite more expensive than the rivals. Also, some standard features that are found in others are not there in this highly expensive sedan. 

Regardless of such shortcomings, everything rest is just perfect about this Lexus IS 350. But if you are about to buy this 2021 Lexus IS 350, then we would recommend you to wait a bit more till the next model shows up. Because it is highly expected that the new model will be coming with more trims and standard features than this at less price than this.

Used Lexus IS 350 for Sale


Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2019 Lexus IS 350 0 Great Deals Out of 17 $35,988 17 Listings
2018 Lexus IS 350 0 Great Deals Out of 32 $27,650 32 Listings
2017 Lexus IS 350 2 Great Deals Out of 66 $20,900 66 Listings
2016 Lexus IS 350 3 Great Deals Out of 78 $18,797 78 Listings
2015 Lexus IS 350 7 Great Deals Out of 74 $16,900 74 Listings
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