2012 Lexus IS

  • Type: IS 250
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2012 Lexus IS Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Compact Premium Car of 2012

All J.D. Power rankings are powered by VIN verified vehicle owners. See ratings methodology.
Compact Premium Car
#2 Lexus IS

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Lexus IS after 90-days of ownership.
  • Quietness of the vehicle interior
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning
  • The vehicle's navigation system

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Lexus IS during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Ease of loading/unloading trunk/hatch
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Vehicle's handling on curves

Performance Specs

MPG City

19 - 21


27 - 30




6 speed, Automatic w/manual shift, 6 speed, Manual


Gas V6


All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Lexus IS Review

It isn’t real performance unless it’s wielded with precision. The 2012 Lexus IS was designed to give exacting control of the road. At the heart of the IS 350 is a potent 3.5-liter V6 that churns out an incredible 306 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds. The IS 250 is swiftly propelled by a 2.5-liter V6 providing 204 horsepower. The available all wheel drive confidently tackles slick roads. The IS offers a range of interior luxuries and amenities. The driver and front passenger can set their own desired comfort level with dual zone climate control. The latest available Navigation System features a touch screen interface an advanced voice-command system and real time updates. The first of its kind sound-absorbing sun visor diminishes exterior noise and provides you with a quieter atmosphere. Smart Stop Technology automatically reduces engine power when the brake pedal is firmly applied. Plus a sophisticated network of sensors and airbags help protect you and your passengers in different types of frontal and side collisions. The 2012 Lexus IS rarely seen standing still.

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