2022 Lexus IS
Versions and Mechanical Specs
There are three versions of the 2022 Lexus IS: 300, 350 F Sport, and 500 F Sport Performance. The 500 F Sport Performance is the only one available with two versions: Premium and Launch Edition. The base 300 has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 241 hp, while the 350 F Sports gets a slightly more potent 3.5-liter V6 that makes 260 hp. For a truly exhilarating experience, the 500 houses a 472 hp 5.0-liter V8 that can take the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The 300, 350 F Sport, and 500 F Sport Performance come with rear-wheel drive; the 300 and 350 F Sport are eligible for all-wheel drive, but the 500 F Sport Performance is not. An eight-speed automatic transmission pairs with the RWD models, while the AWD ones have a six-speed automatic.
Quite a few opulent features are included in each version of the ’22 IS. The 300 has bi-LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, front seats with power adjustments, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Normal and Sport drive modes, 18-inch wheels, and two USB ports. The 350 F Sport gets some exclusive F Sport exterior styling elements, as well as 19-inch wheels, additional power adjustments for the driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats with bolsters, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, performance-inspired instrumentation with sliding bezel, a G-force display, aluminum sport pedals, and a rear-seat armrest with cup holders.
The adrenaline-stirring 500 F Sport Performance has everything it takes for truly spirited driving: an adaptive variable suspension, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, Yamaha rear performance dampers, and a raised hood. It also gets side mirrors that automatically tilt down during backing, the Lexus Memory System (for the driver’s seat, side mirrors, and steering wheel), a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, extra drive modes (Eco, Sport S, Sport+, and Custom), door sill scuff plates, and a moonroof. The Premium comes with triple-beam LED headlights and a power rear sunshade, while the Launch Edition is differentiated by lightweight 19-inch BBS wheels and ash-wood interior trim.
Advanced Safety Equipment & Technology
Each version of the ’22 IS is equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 suite of driver aids (pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, lane tracing assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic high beams). Although it’s not a part of the Lexus Safety System, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is standard on each as well. Intuitive parking assist with automatic braking is standard in the 500 F Sport Performance and its sub-trims. In addition to that, the sub-trims also have a surround-view camera system; both of those are optional on the 300 and 350 F Sport.
The 300, 350 F Sport, and 500 F Sport Performance each have the Lexus Multimedia System, which can be controlled via its 8-inch touchscreen or voice recognition. Other standard features in the system are a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Premium and Launch Edition are enhanced with a 10.3-inch touchscreen, dynamic voice recognition, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, and built-in navigation. Those higher-end infotainment features are available on the 300 and 350 F Sport.
The 2022 Lexus IS can be further customized through a medley of upgrade packages. The Comfort Package for the 300 supplies a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink. The Premium Package (also for the 300) is a new offering this model year. It adds a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down, the Lexus Memory System, door sill scuff plates, a rear seat armrest with cupholders, and a power rear sunshade. For the 350 F Sport, the Memory Package bundles the power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down, and Lexus Memory System.
Two Navigation Packages are also available: Navigation and Navigation/Mark Levinson Premium Audio. The basic Navigation Package is offered for the 300 and 350 F Sport and contains a 10.3-inch touchscreen upgrade with built-in navigation, dynamic voice recognition, and a remote touchpad. The Mark Levinson version for the 350 F Sport adds those features plus a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. Finally, the F Sport Dynamic Handling Package for the 300 and 350 F Sport has selectable drive modes (Normal, Sport S, Sport+, and Custom), an adaptive suspension, an ash-wood-lined steering wheel, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, and a SmartAccess key card