The Lexus IS is an entry-level compact luxury sports car sold by Lexus since it was introduced in 1998. The IS is currently in its third generation and was introduced as a 2014 model. The second-generation IS ran from 2006 to 2013. It sits below the Lexus ES in the model lineup.
The IS has become a worthy competitor to the German entry-level luxury sports cars like the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. What sets a used IS for sale apart from its competitors is its laser-like focus on sportiness, especially with more recent models.
The IS comes in many different guises and offers two V6 engines and one V8. Since 2008, the IS has been offered in three distinct trims that correlate to the engines offered in the model. There is the IS 250, IS 350 and IS F trim levels available. The IS also comes as a hardtop convertible, which are designated 250 C and 350 C.