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 poses a credible threat to the standard-bearing 3-series. Two V6 models are offered: the 200hp IS250 and the 300hp IS350. The IS250 is offered in both RWD and AWD. All models feature six-speed transmissions, but only the RWD IS250 offers a stick.
|Model/Trim/Package ||Engine || || ||Original MSRP
|IS 250 ||2.5l V6 (204-bhp) ||M6 ||RWD ||$30,555|
|IS 250 ||2.5l V6 (204-bhp) ||A6 ||RWD ||$31,725|
|IS 250 ||2.5l V6 (204-bhp) ||A6 ||AWD ||$34,185|
|IS 350 ||3.5l V6 (306-bhp) ||A6 ||RWD ||$36,005|
|IS F ||5.0l V8 (416-bhp) ||A8 ||RWD ||$56,000|