2019 Lexus IS 300 Specs, Release Dates, Prices

A true sport sedan in every sense of the term, the 2019 Lexus IS 300 delivers exhilarating performance, distinctive styling and world-class quality in a luxurious package. For 2019, the IS offers a new look up front with optional triple beam LED headlights while rear-wheel drive IS 300 models benefit from a retuned ECU that is designed to deliver more immediate throttle response, enhanced shift performance and reduced turbo lag.

WHAT’S NEW:

  • Revised ECU programming on rear-wheel drive model for improved throttle response, optimized transmission shifts and quicker turbocharger response

  • New upgraded LED headlight option

  • Amazon Alexa-integrated voice commands

  • Liquid Platinum replaces Silver Lining Metallic color

POWERTRAIN

The 2019 Lexus IS 300 are available in RWD and AWD. Both offer an F SPORT model that further revs up the bold style and handling agility. In RWD form, the IS 300 features a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with intercooler. This super-smooth powerplant produces 241 hp and quickly builds up a wide torque plateau of 258 lb.-ft. from 1,650-4,400 rpm. Variable Valve Timing intelligent – Wide (VVTi-W) allows the engine to switch between the Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to maximize efficiency. The D-4ST fuel injection system combines a high-pressure direct fuel injection system with a low-pressure port-injection system.

The IS 300 RWD comes equipped exclusively with the eight-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission that integrates advanced G-force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) system to choose gears intuitively. Steering wheel paddle shifters are also available for those who prefer to shift for themselves.

For those seeking all-season grip, the 2019 Lexus IS 300 AWD model with a 260 hp, 3.5-liter V6 producing 236 lb.-ft. torque at 2,000-4,800 rpm. The electronically controlled all-weather drive system is designed to help enhance traction and grip under most driving conditions by automatically varying front-to-rear torque distribution from 50:50 to as much as 30:70. The AWD models use a six-speed automatic transmission.

A Drive Mode Select system features up to five driving modes to tailor the car’s combination of economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics. All IS sedans feature ECO, NORMAL, SNOW and SPORT modes. Equipping the IS 300 with the F SPORT package also adds Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), controlled with SPORT S, SPORT S+ and customizable drive mode.

ENGINE

IS 300 RWD

IS 300 AWD

Type, Materials

In-line 4-cylinder aluminum block and cylinder heads

V6 with aluminum block and cylinder heads

Designation

8AR-FTS

2GR-FKS

Valvetrain

DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-iW

DOHC 24 valve with dual continuously Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)

Displacement

2.0 liter twin-scroll turbocharged with intercooler (1,998 cc; 120 cu. in.)

3.5 liters (3,456 cc; 211211 cu. in.)

Bore x Stroke

3.39 in x 3.39 in.

3.70 in. x 3.27 in.

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

11.8:1

Horsepower

241 hp @ 5,800 rpm

260 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1,650-4,400 rpm

236 lb.-ft. @ 2,000-4,800 rpm

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI, D-4ST)

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI, D-4S)

Fuel Requirement

Premium 91-octane unleaded

Premium 91-octane unleaded

Emission Cert

LEV III ULEV

LEV III ULEV

Fuel Capacity

17.4 gal.

17.4 gal.

DRIVETRAIN

 

Layout

Front engine, rear-wheel drive

Front engine, all-wheel drive

Transmission Type

8-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission, with G AI SHIFT control and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters

6-speed Super Electronically Controlled (Super ECT) automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters

PERFORMANCE

 

Max. Speed

143 mph

130 mph

Zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec

6.1 sec

Zero to 100 mph

17.3 sec

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Standing ¼-mile

15.0 sec @ 94 mph

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EPA FUEL ESTIMATED mpg (City/Highway/Combined)

RWD

21 / 30 / 24

-

AWD

-

19 / 26 / 26

 

EXTERIOR & INTERIOR

Available as an option across the model line, the new triple beam LED headlights deliver exceptional visibility for the driver along with a unique new look. Set in a distinctive “L” shaped pattern, the three, low-beam LED lamps project from the outside edge of the light cluster while a center-mounted high-beam bulb remains for even greater visibility when conditions allow.

At the rear, the Lexus IS has an equally interesting light signature thanks to the refined look of the “L”-shaped LED taillights. The car’s sporting nature is further emphasized by the chrome exhaust tips and standard five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels.

The 2019 Lexus IS 300 conveys its sporting intent from the moment the driver gets behind the wheel. Both the wheel and instrument panel designs were inspired by those in the Lexus LFA supercar. Everywhere you look and touch in the Lexus IS 300, you’ll see and feel unique details, including climate-control panel, analog clock and steering wheel switches. The speedometer and tachometer, as well as stitching atop the gauge hood, enhance the cockpit’s sporty feel.

The 2019 IS 300 offers two multimedia systems: standard high-resolution Lexus Display Audio (LDA) with a 7-inch screen and 8-speaker audio or the optional navigation system, which features a new 10.3-inch screen. This screen offers a larger and clearer image of the various functions of the multimedia and Enform systems.

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length

184.3 in.

Overall Width

71.3 in. (mirrors folded); 79.8 in. (mirrors extended)

Overall Height

56.3 in.

Wheelbase

110.2 in.

Ground Clearance (RWD/AWD)

5.3 in / 5.1 in.

Max Cargo Capacity

10.8 cu. ft.

Curb Weight (RWD/AWD)

3,583 lbs. / 3,737 lbs.

Seating Capacity

5

 

TRIM LEVELS & PRICING

The 2019 Lexus IS 300 is five-passenger small luxury sedan available with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), which come with different engines. The F Sport version adds exterior elements and hardware that improves the IS 300's performance.

The IS 300 RWD has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather upholstery (NuLuxe), 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, Lexus Enform Remote vehicle controls, two USB ports, a 7-inch display, and an eight-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio input, satellite radio and HD radio. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic braking.

The 2019 Lexus IS 300 AWD get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission plus heated front seats.

The optional Comfort package adds automatic wipers, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems. A Premium package adds heated and ventilated front seats. The Navigation package replaces the standard infotainment control dial with Lexus' Remote Touch joystick-type controller, a 10.3-inch display and a navigation system. A 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system can be added to this package.

The F Sport adds revised styling, staggered-width 18-inch wheels with summer or all-season tires, a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, an intake sound generator that amplifies engine noise during acceleration, heated and ventilated front sport seats, and a special sport-oriented gauge cluster.

Stand-alone options include upgraded, triple-beam LED headlights, a power rear sunshade, front and rear parking sensors, an automatic parking system, and a heated steering wheel.

The 2019 Lexus IS 300 RWD has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $39,335, include $1,025 destination charge. The IS 300 AWD starts at $41,785. The F Sport package varies from model to model, but adds approximately $3,000 on the price.

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