For almost 20 years, the Lexus IS has been the luxury brands smallest, sportiest and least expensive sedan. First introduced in 2000, it was the Japanese brand’s first sports sedan and it immediately found a following with younger enthusiasts attracted to its athletic rear-wheel drive chassis, its high-quality construction and the cache of its Lexus badge.
Now in its third-generation, the 2017 Lexus IS has matured over the years, but it remains popular thanks to a unique combination of style, luxury, performance and technology -- as well as its now fabled fun to drive personality.
Built in Japan, the IS sedan is a consistent favorite in the extremely competitive small luxury sedan segment, where it successfully competes against the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, Jaguar XE and the new Alfa Romeo Giulia.
Let's take a closer look at the 2017 Lexus IS.