Prioritizing performance, the Lexus IS is a compact luxury sedan that often appeals to younger consumers. It is built on a rear-wheel-drive architecture and offers a diverse selection of engines, ranging from a turbocharged four-cylinder to a V8. Automatic transmissions are standard across the board, but Lexus provides paddle shifters. There's also all-wheel drive for those who need extra traction. Inside, the IS offers high-end furnishings. Its snug cockpit feels great when driving briskly around turns, but you may be less enthusiastic if you need to fit tall adults or rear-facing child-safety seats. For buyers who don't mind this limitation, the Lexus IS ranks high among premium compacts.