Price (as tested) 💲: $62,075 (as tested)
Powertrain ⚙️: 5.0-liter V8
Output 💪: 472 hp/395 lb-ft of torque
Transmission 🕹: 8-speed automatic
0-60 MPH 🚦: 4.5 seconds
Top Speed 💥: 168 mph
MPGe (as tested) ⛽️: 16 city/24 hwy/19 combined


Lexus plops its stellar naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine into the IS sport sedan for what could be the last mass production compact four-door to use such a powertrain. Though the IS 500 F Sport Performance isn’t a full “F” model like the RC F, and therefore lacks some visual and interior pizazz to match its potency, it rewards the driver with a sonorous experience unlike any of its rivals. Priced from $56,500, the IS 500 takes on the BMW M340i, Mercedes-AMG C43, Acura TLX Type S, and other mid-range fighters. Is an N/A V8 and just-right price enough to champion its segment? Find out in this in-depth review.