2006 Lexus IS

At a Glance

Pricing $29,990 - $35,440
Drive Types RWD, AWD
Engines 2.5l V6, 3.5l V6
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 20-24 (city), 28-32 (highway)

The first generation IS came to Lexus by way of Toyota. While the RWD entry-level Lexus was quite competent, it was never quite as solid as its siblings. The new IS a purpose-built Lexus with the refinement, gadgetry and flawless execution to match. On paper, the new IS will pose a credible threat to the standard-bearing 3-series. Two V6 models will be offered: the 200hp IS250 and the 300hp IS350. The IS250 will be offered in both RWD and AWD. All models feature six-speed transmissions, but only the RWD IS250 offers a stick.

What Changed:

All-new IS is over 3 inches longer and 3 inches wider than the model it replaces. US models will be powered by either a 2.5L V6 or 3.5L V6. AWD is offered on the IS250. Also offered, will be the first diesel engine from Lexus.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
IS 250 2.5l V6 (204-bhp) M6 RWD 20/29/24 $29,990
IS 350 3.5l V6 (306-bhp) A6 RWD 21/28/24 $35,440
IS 250 2.5l V6 (204-bhp) A6 AWD 22/28/25 $34,285
IS 250 2.5l V6 (204-bhp) A6 RWD 24/32/28 $31,160