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The 2016 Lexus IS 200t


Lexus has ditched the comparatively underpowered V-6 in its baby IS sedan in favor of a turbocharged four-cylinder, just like the Germans use. How does Lexus’ first-ever turbo sedan feel to drive?

In F-Sport trim, the ride feels agile but smooth. Cockpit comfort and ergonomics impress. The supercar-inspired moving dashboard still incites grins. MPG underdelivers at 22 overall.

Sadly, palpable turbo lag spoils the fun. Put your foot down and the pitiful base engine pulls the car, then the turbo bucks the car forward. Engine-wise, they’ve retired a Clydesdale and fitted an untrained pony.

Chris Butsch, @CarTalkChris

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