Lexus introduced a new model this year, the IS 200t and has finally incorporated a turbo 4-cylinder engine. The 200t is a welcome addition to the Lexus family, providing a fun, super-charged ride in a small luxury sedan package. Outside the 200t, you’ll find the distinctive Lexus styling with a noticeably sporty twist.
The best thing about the 2016 IS 200t is its 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which is a huge upgrade from the dated 2.5-liter V6 engine used in the IS 250. The new turbocharged engine is capable of 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The IS 200t can reach 60mph in 6.9 seconds. The MPG for the new IS 200t is 22 city and 33 on the highway. In a traditional Lexus IS fashion, the IS 200t delivers a satisfying and powerful ride. The 2016 IS 200 is extremely precise in steering and gives the driver confidence and control. Despite its small scale, the IS 200t has the refinement and control of a larger sedan.
Another one of the IS 200t’s selling points is its high-end and modern interior which is one of the better ones in its class. As per usual of Lexus, they have not skimped on using fine, high-quality materials throughout the cabin. The IS 200t comes standard with Lexus’ “NuLuxe” premium vinyl upholstery and is padded in key areas such as the steering wheel, armrests and sides of the center console for added comfort. The IS 200t also comes with a vide variety of technology and standard features. Some of which include: a moon roof, 60/40 splitting rear seats, premium display audio system, drive mode select (which comes in ECO, normal, sport and snow modes), MP3 player and USB integration, remote keyless entry, trip computer and brake assist. However, the IS 200 also has several package options such as the IS F Sport Package which adds bolstered sport seats and suspension tuning. Other options are the navigation, Mark Levinson, Premium and luxury package which can include everything from rain sensing wipers to a navigation system with voice activation. These added packages range from about $1,505 to $4,385 extra.
The Lexus IS 200t also shines in the safety department. It has earned an overall rating of five stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has received the highest rating of “good” by the Institute for Highway Safety has several safety features. These features include, but are not limited to: emergency braking assist, a post-collision safety system, stolen vehicle location, and stability control. Anti-theft features are also available such as an engine immobilizer and a remote anti-theft alarm system.
Through the IS 200t, Lexus has revamped the IS sedan. The IS 200t has a much needed engine upgrade and is a sporty, compact option for those wanting a luxury sedan. More importantly, the IS 200t has fantastic safety features and ratings as well as a plethora of technology features and upgrades to choose from. Lexus’ new addition gives other small luxury sedans a run for their money.
The MSRP for the 2016 Lexus IS 200t is $37,325.