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New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Lexus IS
300 AWD
MSRP
$41,050
Invoice
$38,178
Average Price Paid
$41,657
13 listings nationwide

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2021 Lexus RC
300 AWD
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300 AWD
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300 AWD
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Lexus IS
300 AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$46,555
14 listings nationwide

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2021 Lexus RC
300 AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$53,507
2 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Lexus IS
300 AWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

The Lexus IS enters its fourth generation of production, embodying lessons learned from the LC and RC. The 2021 IS targets enthusiast drivers and luxury buyers who might be thinking Ge...

2021 Lexus RC
300 AWD
Stephen Edelstein Preview:

Three new special edition trims join the fray in 2021, while the much-loved RC F Track Edition has been discontinued. Two Black Line Specials and an RC F Fuji Speedway Edition take its...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 7
  • Technology 7
  • Safety 7
  • Cost-Effectiveness 8
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User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2021 Lexus IS
300 AWD
Jay writes:
3.5 Engine screams
Looks/Style Ranked 2021 Acura TLX FWD with A-Spec Package better.
"Low-slung lock"
Would Buy Ranked 2021 Acura TLX FWD with A-Spec Package better.
"More comfortable and faster"
2021 Lexus RC
300 AWD
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Specs

2021 Lexus IS
300 AWD
2021 Lexus RC
300 AWD
Powertrain 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
19 MPG
19 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
26 MPG
26 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 17.4 gal 17.4 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
260 hp @ 6,400 RPM
260 hp @ 6,400 RPM
Torque
236 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM
236 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
11.8:1
11.8:1
Displacement
3,500 cc
3,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.7 in x 3.27 in
3.7 in x 3.27 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Optional
Driver Airbag Standard Optional
Passenger Airbag Standard Optional
Front Side Airbags Standard Optional
Rear Side Airbags Standard --
Curtain Airbags Standard Optional
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Driver 4 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning Standard Optional
CD Player Standard Optional
Radio Standard Optional
Power Windows Standard Optional
Power Door Locks Standard Optional
Driver Power Seats Standard Optional
Passenger Power Seats Standard Optional
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 4 seats
Front Legroom 44.8 in 45.4 in
Back Legroom 32.2 in 27.3 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 10.8 cu ft 10.4 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 700 lbs
Exterior
Length 185.4 in 185 in
Width 72.4 in 80.6 in
Height 56.7 in 55.1 in
Wheelbase 110.2 in 107.5 in

Available Options

2021 Lexus IS
300 AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Atomic Silver
  • Caviar
  • Celestial Blue GF
  • Cloudburst Gray
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Iridium
  • Matador Red Mica

Option Packages

  • CF Mirror Caps
  • CF Rear Spoiler
  • Comfort Package
  • Intuitive Park Assist W/Auto Braking
  • Mark Levinson Audio System
  • Navigation Package
  • Navigation Package W/Mark Levinson Audio
  • Performance Exhaust
  • Premium Triple-Beam Led Headlamps
  • Intuitive Park Assist W/Panoramic View Monitor
2021 Lexus RC
300 AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Atomic Silver
  • Caviar
  • Celestial Blue GF
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Infrared
  • Obsidian

Option Packages

  • Front & Rear Intuitive Parking Assist
  • Mark Levinson Surround Sound System
  • Moonroof W/Power Tilt/Slide
  • Navigation Package
  • Navigation System W/Mark Levinson Audio Package
  • Premium Package
  • Premium Paint
  • Protection Package
  • Triple-Beam Led Headlamps
  • Wheels: 19" Split 10-Spoke Alloy

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