2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan

2020 MODEL
$45,375 - $46,710
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2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 10, 2020
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Totan Banerjee

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Toyota’s homegrown luxury brand, Lexus has grown more popular on the road in a few years. In the last decade, it has introduced such cars on the road that brought glory days for the brand and earned it a reputable name in the American market. The cars that made it popular on the road is non-other than the IS series. IS is a compact luxury sedan by Lexus that grabbed the attention of American car buyers in a short while for its performance instincts.

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Pros

Great ride and handling quality

Quietest cabin with noise insulation feature

A lot of extra features for the similarly priced rivals.

Wireless Infotainment system

Cons

Slower than many rivals

Does not support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Less exciting drive experience

More dense back seat lacks roominess

Manual transmission option sounds outdated in 2020

What's New?

Upgrades in the engine

Lackline edition with dark exteriors and blue interiors

Upgraded 18 Inch 5 split alloy wheels

New grille surrounding

Triple beam headlight

Dark blue steering wheel, dashboard and door panels

Limited edition Liquid Platinum and Redline paint colors available till Feb 2020.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45375

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

311 hp

torque

280 lbs.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

unibody

brake rotors (f/r)

13.2/13.2

dimensions

wheelbase

110.2 in.

length

184.3 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

56.3 in.

curb weight

3594 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

85.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/26/21 mpg

highway range

452.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.


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Styles

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan in Atomic Silver color 2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan in Caviar color 2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan in Nebula Gray Pearl color 2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan in Obsidian color 2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan in Redline color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.4

Final Verdict

7.6

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Base

Base

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

$45,375 - $46,710


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $45,375 MSRP (19/21/26) 311 hp, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $46,710 MSRP (19/21/26) 311 hp, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6 Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


Lexus has made some historical sedans in automotive history. The reason being these cars are more driver-oriented and offer more focused drive on the road. The Lexus IS series is one such car that stands on a remarkable design language. A car that carries sportier design on the outside and a more luxurious cabin on the inside. This sedan has lived up to the expectations of millions of American buyers. The ride and handling of this car are simply the best in class.

Lexus IS350 F sport is the performance version of the sedan. The IS350 F sport is an amazing car on the road that has more power and torque figures than the standard version. There’s enough sheet metal on its silhouette design making it a strong car on the road. The race facility which wraps this car has its own pros and cons. The looks are desireable but there lack space and that disappoints a sedan lover. The car runs features that are available on high-end cars and undoubtedly gets some of the best drive-assist features.

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Front View
2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Rear View

6.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

6.4/10
Competition

 

7.6/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Features

6.0/10

The IS350 F sport is the performance version of the Lexus IS350. There are two different drivetrain options on offer one with rear-wheel drive and other with all-wheel drive.

Trim

IS 350 F sport

MSRP (RWD)

$45,375

MSRP(AWD)

$46,710

Key Features

Dual front side-mounted airbags

 

Daytime running LED lamps

 

Engine Immobilizer

 

Stability control

 

Height-adjustable headrests

 

4 wheel ABS

 

Blindspot with lane departure

 

Rear door child safety locks

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Apart from it, Lexus has introduced a new blackline edition to its production which gets darker blue hue interiors. The All-wheel drive is a better option for those who want better traction and adjust for a 6-speed transmission for a slight higher price.

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Lexus IS350 F sport comes with the same engine as the standard IS350. It offers the 3.5L V6 that produces nm of toque and hp of power. The car gets a reliable engine but is slower when compared to other cars with the same V6. The V6 sends more energy on the wheels than an inline 4 cylinder like much of its rivals and is faster on lanes.

Models

Lexus IS350 F-sport

Alfa Romeo Guilia

BMW 3 series

Cadillac CT4

MSRP

$45,375

$39,345

$40,750

$44,495

Engine

3.5L Premium V6

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.7L Inline-4

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic w/OD and Auto-Manual

8 Speed- Shiftable Automatic

8 Speed- Shiftable Automatic

8 Speed- Shiftable Automatic

Power

311hp@6,600rpm

280hp@5,200rpm

255hp@5,000rpm

237hp@5,000rpm

Torque

280lb-ft@4,800rpm

306lb-ft@2,000rpm

295lb-ft@1,550rpm

258lb-ft@1,500rpm

The rear-wheel-drive gets an 8-speed transmission and the All-wheel drive gets a 6-speed transmission. The shiftable transmission in 2020 charges the old school feel while driving. That surely makes it an engaging drive which many of you might love. The much preferential 8-speed transmission that comes with the rear wheel drivetrain option is more engaging and exciting to drive on speedy runways. The vehicle suddenly shifts from a relaxed zone to a complete ready to race vehicle on shifting the levers.

How fast is it?

The Vehicle gets 0-60 in just sec. The highly aerodynamic design of the vehicle help in crossing the 60-mile speed mark and beyond that also the rev meter does not stop charming your eyes.

2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan 0-60 MPH In Just 5.6 Sec

MODEL

Lexus IS350 F-sport

Alfa Romeo Guilia

BMW 3 series

Cadillac CT4

0-60 MPH

5.6 sec

5.2 sec

5.8 sec

N/A

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

13.8 sec

13.7 sec

N/A
Top Speed 143 MPH 149 MPH 147 MPH N/A

Engine

3.5L Premium V6

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.7L Inline-4

One can feel the continuous acceleration o the engine and because of the V6 engine, it does not let you down on torque as well. The response of the throttle feels more responsive in the F sport model.

What about the braking performance of IS 350 F Sport?

Braking in the vehicle felt responsive and obedient even at high speeds. The chassis and suspension of the vehicle smartly adapt sudden braking and feels tuned to its braking instincts. You can furiously drive the vehicle on longer lanes with much confidence because of the 19` inch wheels and reassuring braking system.

2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Front Brake is 13.1 in.

MODEL

Lexus IS350 F-sport

Alfa Romeo Guilia

BMW 3 series

Cadillac CT4

Brake Rotors Front

13.1"

12.5"

N/A

11.8"

Brake Rotors Rear

12.2"

13"

N/A

N/A

Curb Weight

3594 lbs

N/A

3589 lbs

N/A

60-0 MPH

128 ft

N/A

123 ft

N/A

The vehicle comes into a complete halt in very less time although some of its competitors does perform well here.

How is the ride quality of IS 350 F Sport?

That's the coolest part of this vehicle. Sit on the driver seat and just forget, it will cruise you through freeways without much participation in the pedals.IS 350 F sport is a versatile car with actively performing dynamics. The vehicle has great road hold and even on sweepy corners its does not inch the tracks.

2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Front View

The steering feels light but is responsive even at low speeds. There are various drive modes to switch between Comfort, Sport, Eco modes and this F sport version gets a Sport+ version. IS 350 F sport does well on the suspension part, that is occasionally choppy and stiffer to supports its sporty pursuit.

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Fuel Economy

7.0/10

IS350 feels less efficient in delivering fuel economy. Lexus claims that IS350 F sport delivers around 20 MPG on city roads. While it gets more miles on the highway of around 28 MPG.

MODEL

Lexus IS350 F-sport

Alfa Romeo Guilia

BMW 3 series

Cadillac CT4

MPG (City)

20

24

26

N/A

MPG (Highway)

28

33

36

N/A

MPG (Combined)

23

27

30

N/A

Fuel Capacity

17.4 gallons

15.3 gallons

15.6 gallons

17.4 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

348/487400 miles

367/505/413 miles

406/562/468 miles

N/A

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

7.7

N/A

5.8

N/A

The real-world mpg figures of this vehicle still need to be updated. The vehicle has a combined fuel economy of around 23 MPG, while some users who drove the 8-speed transmission claimed that it gets you more miles than Lexus estimation.

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the car gets a change from the standard version, the F-sport racy decals and grilles draw shadows from the Interior. Forget that you are inside a car and start believing you are inside a cockpit you will relate those feelings once you get inside. The center console has been kept balanced though it feels old school. The supercool instrument cluster will grab your attention and engage you to find new features in this car. It is bundled with technology and features. The dark interior on offer is immensely beautiful. You need to look inside this car once after you are finished looking at the exterior.

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Front Seats

MODEL

Lexus IS350 F-sport

Alfa Romeo Guilia

BMW 3 series

Cadillac CT4

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/55.9/44.8

38.6/56.1/42.4

38.6/56.0/42.0

38.3/55.2/42.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.6/53.6/35.1

37.6/54.6/35.2

36.5/53.9/33.4

It is plush and luxurious just like other Lexus cars. The seats are cushiony, comfortable and well-bolstered and the front row is more capacious and feature-loaded. The vehicle offers enough legroom and headroom even for tall passengers in the front row. Disappointingly there’s less space and roominess in the rear row because of that it feels tighter to fit 3 passengers in there. Overall the interiors are tastefully designed but lacked the practicality of storage spaces.

What are the Infotainment Features in this car?

IS350 F sport has got some great features in its cockpit. But it’s engaging and more troublesome to use. You can easily sense the lagging of the UI and the interface surely is recommended with updates. The standard 7-inch display is shorter than many other rivals. The placement of the display is inconvenient to view. 

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Has 10.3 Inch infotainmen Screen

The rotary dial to operate the infotainment of the car is irritating. The infotainment features do lack Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature which many in the similar segment do offer you. The features included in the infotainment package are :

  • 10.3 Inch infotainment center screen.
  • 10 speakers and a sound system with surround sound technology.
  • Matt Levinson surround sound system with 15 speakers.
  • Integrated navigation system.

What is the cargo-carrying capacity of the Lexus IS350 F Sport?

The car gets foldable seats in the second row to house luggage when necessary. The cargo space in this vehicle is a drawback when compared to others. But the rear boot is spacious and can stuff heavy baggage easily.

MODEL

Lexus IS350 F-sport

Alfa Romeo Guilia

BMW 3 series

Cadillac CT4

Cargo Capacity

10.8 cu.ft.

N/A

17.0 cu.ft.

10.7 cu.ft.

The BMW and Cadillac both offer roomier interiors and cargo space. However, cargo space is not a really big issue or drawback that will force you to choose any other vehicle over the Lexus IS 350 F sport.

Does the Lexus IS350 F sport offer creature comfort features?

When you have invested in a luxury car brand, you will surely be demanding a lot of comfort features from it. Lexus produces good sedans and adds great luxury features in it. However, not all the comfort features are practical and sensible but the scattered demand in the market forces manufacturers to update even the smallest of luxury features. Some class-leading comfort features that come inside the IS350 F sport cabin are:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 8-way power-adjustable sport seats
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Interior

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Exterior

8.0/10

Ever imagined a shark cruising the road. IS350 F sport gets a long nose and the edgy appearance in the exterior of the sedan will relate you to it. It has wiser body design and feels more studious every time one looks at it. The grilles get wrapped in chrome borders. The more imperfect bumper on the rear that curtains the rear exhaust does look excellent on highways but feels more intrusive on the city. The notable design of the vehicle is the huge grille in the front. IS350 F sport now gets upgraded 18` Inch 5 split alloy wheels which attract the side view. The most beautiful sound this car has is what comes while shutting the doors, it loves being beaten hard and is sturdier enough to take it every time one enjoys closing the doors.

2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Three Quarter View

MODEL

Lexus IS350 F-sport

Alfa Romeo Guilia

BMW 3 series

Cadillac CT4

Curb Weight

3594 lbs

3522 lbs

3589 lbs

3616 lbs

Length

184.3"

182.8"

185.7"

187.2"

Width

71.3"

73.2"

71.9"

71.4"

Height

56.3"

56.5"

56.8"

56.0"

Ground Clearance

N/A

N/A

5.7"

N/A

Wheelbase

110.2"

111.0"

112.2"

109.3"

Lexus has paid clear attention to the headlamps, not just it’s more stylish but it packs more technology now. The Long wheelbase perfectly handles the aggressive aerodynamics of the vehicle. You can spot the aggressiveness of the design while spotting this vehicle in the night.

Does the sedan get valuable exterior features?

Toyota’s luxury car brand Lexus has always invested good attention to the looks of its car. The swift design of this car is assembled with features that make it more enthusiastic to drive.

  • Curved LED DRL strip below the headlight.
  • Lexus spindle grille
  • Triple beam headlamps
  • Aerodynamic body design
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Side-body moldings
  • Rear spoiler
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior
2020 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Sedan Exterior

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Safety

9.0/10

There’s enough sheet metal on the exterior ensuring the quality. But that does not reflect the overall safety of this vehicle, it does have great safety features on work for a trouble-free drive experience.

  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lexus Safety System+
  • Lexus Enform safety connect
  • Vehicle dynamics integrated management
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Intuitive parking assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard 10 airbags
  • Tire pressure monitor system
  • Standard lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Standard automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Competition

6.4/10

Lexus IS350 F sport vs Alfa Romeo Guilia

Alfa Romeo is a silent competitor to this vehicle in terms of the market share. Guilia is an exciting car to drive in the foothills. But there’s more excitement to ride in a Lexus because of its exciting looks and ride quality. However, the 3.6 L V6 is pretty shy in torque but the has 311 hp of power, even the ride and handling feel exotic to most of us. Both these vehicle offers the same space in the interior and the IS350 F sport gets a more comfortable ride. Guilia is more fuel-efficient because of the 2 L inline 4 cylinder engine in it but does not go meaner in power figures.

2020 Alfa Romeo Guilia

Lexus IS350 F sport vs BMW 330i

First thing first, the German rival has kept itself priced competitively in the segment. BMW 3 Series has a smaller 2 L Inline 4 cylinder engine that produces more torque and is quicker in the lanes but the IS350 equipped with a V6 gets to perform the past 60 miles and can undoubtedly bet this german machine very easily. BMW has its own brand value and packs some industry-first technology features. The Lexus IS350 F sport wins in the design and comfort over the BMW 330i.

2020 BMW 330i

Lexus IS350 F sport vs Cadillac CT4

Cadillac CT4 is a great consideration for a similar price point. Cadillac replaced its older CTS model with the CT4 in 2020. This completely new vehicle has a more polished exterior, has a more stiff drive with more enjoyable ride and handling. The CT4 uses updated technology features and is roomier in the inside.

2020 Cadillac CT4

 

2020 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Sedan Final Verdict

7.6/10

The Lexus IS350 F sport is the most expensive of its entire lineup. The F sport is a value for money car that is respected for its sports package. The all-wheel-drive edition can be purchased by paying just $1335 of extra money. The large 3.6L V6 engine is powerful but thirsty on the other hand compared to other rivals. It looks great, sharp and edgy with the sporty instincts. We consider it a good purchase overall in its segment if you don’t bother the rear passenger space for three.