REVIEW: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo

Longo Lexus IS Turb

The 2017 Lexus IS debuted in Beijing this year and has hit the showrooms at Longo Lexus, and we couldn’t be more excited. With updated styling, added features, and the latest in safety technology, the IS Turbo is sure to continue to be a new favorite among drivers in Los Angeles.

So, what exactly is new about the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo? Read on for our full review:


The 2016 model was popular among drivers, so the new model was updated without reinventing the wheel. The Lexus signature spindle grille is more prominent on the new model, and new headlights and a more eye-catching lower fascia are subtle tweaks that make all the difference. The IS Turbo F Sport has a 3D mesh pattern with jet-black metallic finish embedded in the grille and functional brake ducts for both performance and style. In the rear, redesigned taillights and rectangular chrome exhaust tips give the IS a sportier, high-end feel. Additionally, Lexus added Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flake as color options on the IS.


Lexus maintained the 2016 powertrains on the 2017 IS, because why mess with perfection? The 2017 IS Turbo has a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It gets an EPA-estimated 32 MPG highway, so it’s a fuel-efficient option as well as a powerful one. Paddle-shift transmission and performance driving modes make your drive more efficient, responsive, and performance-focused than ever. The Turbo F Sport is also equipped with sport-tuned suspension, supportive seating, and styling that denotes its performance vehicle status.


Brand new features on the 2017 models include a larger infotainment screen, from 7 inches to 10.3, as well as a more intuitive user experience with additional buttons to enhance the Remote Touch Interface. The IS Turbo is also equipped with Lexus Enform infotainment system, bringing the best and most advanced entertainment and convenience features to the dash of your vehicle. Safety Connect ensures you’ll always have access to help when needed, while Service Connect gives you access to your maintenance records for easy recall. Enform Remote lets you start your car, make sure your windows are up, and check your fuel gauge remotely, while Enform Destinations keeps you on the right path. You’ll also love the touch-based climate controls that let you easily turn temperatures up or down with just the swipe of a finger.


The IS Turbo is equipped with Lexus Safety System+, a suite of driver assistance technologies, including pre-collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure alert, steering assist, automatic high beams, and radar cruise control.


Starting at $37,825 MSRP