The current Lexus IS 350 received a mild refresh, giving it a new face and tail that include a revised grille, new LED headlights, updated air intakes, new taillights, and reworked exhaust outlets. After all these updates, it’s no surprise Lexus plans to leave the 2018 IS 350 alone, making it a carryover model.
Since it received a slew of visual updates in 2018, we expect the 2018 IS 350 to remain identical to the current model in terms of looks. Given its appearance is still modern and fresh, this shouldn’t be an issue for at least a few more years. We also anticipate no changes to the 2018 IS 350’s cabin either, as it received a few mild tweaks in 2017.
With no changes on the agenda, we expect the 2018 IS 350’s standard features to remain unchanged. If this proves accurate, look for it to come standard with keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, leatherette seating, a 10-speaker audio system, adaptive cruise control, and more.
Under its hood, the IS 350 will remain the same in 2018. This is where it separates itself from its siblings, the IS 200t and the IS 300. The IS 350 will continue with a 3.5-liter V6 that will produce 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This power will head through an eight-speed automatic transmission in rear-wheel-drive models, while the all-wheel-drive versions will use a six-speed auto.
In the base IS 200t, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 241 hp and 258 lb-ft that heads to the rear wheels will power it. The IS 300, which will come standard with all-wheel drive, will continue with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 255 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The current IS lineup hasn’t completed IIHS safety tests, as its only finish four of the five crash tests, In three of the four it’s completed, it received “Good” ratings. In the all-important small-overlap test, however, it received an “Acceptable” rating. While the latter does disqualify it from Top Safety Pick consideration, it does have the required “Superior” rating in the front-collision prevention test, thanks to its standard automatic emergency braking.