2017 Lexus IS 200t Review – Lexus hovers over the Lexus IS lineup like a helicopter parent, lavishing attention to its tiniest sedan, ensuring that it never feels disregarded or overlooked. Case in point last year, Lexus bestowed upon the IS 200t a new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder as the basic engine. This year includes subtle however notable upgrades to the exterior and interior styling, plus the addition of brand-new basic technology that’s guaranteed to thrill safety-tech enthusiasts if there is such a thing. Initially the obvious: the style. Other than that it’s more subtle than apparent. The grille is bigger, the headlights are improved and now standard LED, and there are huge, jowly looking air intakes at the outside of the lower bumper that provide the 2017 Lexus IS a slight chipmunk-with-full-cheeks appearance from some angles. Considering the combined reaction the Lexus “spindle” grille has gotten, the truth the business is doubling down on it suggests that a minimum of Lexus is delighted with the style. In back the modifications are limited to reorganizing what’s amber and exactly what’s red on the taillights.
2017 Lexus IS 200t Review
2017 Lexus IS 200t Changes
We can’t say the exterior styling changes will reduce complaints by some that the Lexus IS is overstyled, although park the earlier variation beside the new one and the changes to the headlights do appear to tone it down a smidge. We simulate the interior modifications, though, which help tidy up the look, and there’s no question that the basic safety gear is much appreciated in this day when you just can’t be too cautious. Fortunately is that the new styling, functions, and other things don’t come at a substantial rate. While the 2017 Lexus IS 200t and the rest of the IS lineup for that matter– are about $500 more than last year, that’s barely a big dive. More functions and much better styling without a huge rate boost? Sounds great to us.
2017 Lexus IS 200t Interior
Interior changes are just slightly more noticeable but perhaps have a larger daily effect. The 10.3-inch infotainment screen is brand-new, but in the very same enclosure as previously, meaning it loses the unusual letterbox impact it used to have. The climate controls are better integrated into the center stack, and the sewing on the gauge hood is also slightly various. Taken together, the outside and interior design changes are noteworthy, even if there’s no single big “hey appearance at that” distinction.
You may notice some new icons on the guiding wheel, though, and that’s due to the fact that every brand-new 2017 2017 Lexus IS 200t model now comes with the Lexus Security System+ as standard equipment. Still, as a basic function, it’s absolutely good to have.
2017 Lexus IS 200t Safety
The 2017 Lexus IS 200t likewise now includes the Lexus Security System+ as basic devices. This implies a basic pre-collision system, basic lane-departure warning with guiding assist, basic automated high beams, and basic radar cruise control. The IS 200t’s brakes were enhanced for 2016, and its Enform Security Connect system will automatically inform authorities in case of accident or theft. The 2017 design has likewise made a top 5-star rollover score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, following up on 5-star ratings throughout the board for the 2016 design. The Insurance Institute for Highway Security put the 2016 Lexus IS through 2 tests and granted it leading Good ratings for both.
2017 Lexus IS 200t Engine
As for the rest of the automobile, it owns like we have actually come to expect from the little Lexus sedan, which is to say, quite well. The 241-horsepower engine never feels strained, but it does not sound especially luxurious either. The steering and chassis characteristics are right on, and fans of sporty, relatively budget friendly luxury sedans would do themselves a substantial service by getting behind the wheel.
2017 Lexus IS 200t Price
Lexus has actually not revealed prices for the 2017 Lexus IS 200t as of this writing. The 2016 variation started at $37,325, and there will probably be something of a boost given the design’s updates. The Lexus IS is priced competitively with other high-end designs and should not necessarily be considered either a splurge or a take. It’s a quality model from a quality car manufacturer that is doing its best to make up any ground it as soon as lost to the Germans on the performance front– and, to all looks, it’s doing this rather well.