The 2012 Lexus IS F is an entry-level luxury sport sedan powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 416 hp and 371 lb-ft of torque, for a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. RWD equipped with limited-slip rear differential accounts for superior handling. Transmission consist solely of a 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a manual mode. Fuel economy is an EPA estimated 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, for a combined average of 18 mpg. Features include intuitive park assist, bi-xenon HID headlights, 19-inch wheels, dynamic radar cruise control, leather trimmed sport seats, hands-free phone capabilities, 14-speaker audio system, and voice activated navigation. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, pre-collision system, reinforced body, smart stop technology, and tire pressure monitoring. The IS F is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2012, the Lexus IS lineup receives only minor changes. In the 250 and 350 sedan and convertibles, the coin holder has been discontinued, and Smokey Graphite Mica and Glacier Frost Mica have been replaced as exterior colors by Nebula Gray Pearl and Fire Agate Pearl. The performance-based IS F gets wider wheels and tires, along with new shock absorbers, a new seating color scheme and the same changes found elsewhere in the lineup.
Wide range of models; choice of rear- or all-wheel drive in sedans; sporty driving feel; high-tech features and options; nicely appointed interior
The Lexus IS family includes something for everyone, with offerings ranging from conservative all-weather, all-wheel-drive sedans to sunny convertibles and serious track-duty sport sedans. The IS sedans ride and handle well and offer some of the tech options of larger luxury models, while the IS C models have excellent packaging with a tight-fitting, quick-folding automatic hardtop that stows away without taking up the entire trunk. While Lexus makes an ES 350 model that's roomier and more comfortable, the IS is considerably sportier in every way.