Lexus IS 300 Review — Research New & Used Lexus IS 300 Models | Edmunds

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For years associated Lexus with refined and luxurious automobiles by a competitive pricing strategy. however, was far from anyone’s Then, in 2001, the Lexus IS 300 sedan came along and that image. Lexus this one to be an extrovert and an athlete. every throttle input and turn of the steering wheel, compact, rear-wheel-drive sedan to communicate with its driver. its firmly tuned suspension and high-performance tires, it had the running to back up those aspirations.

It had the styling. One look at its wedge clear-lens taillights and dramatic palette, and it was obvious this was intended for a younger, more buyer than other models. A sport wagon called the IS 300 SportCross was added for and although it offered a little utility, outward aesthetics took precedence over

Inside, the compact Lexus IS 300 and felt different, too, to its racy watch-dial-style instrumentation, aluminum pedals and chrome ball. By no means was this an cabin, though. Hard covered the dash and console, and content never quite up to the standards of the class. This approach to luxury was the major leveled against the IS 300 during its run.

Although imperfect, the IS 300 and IS 300 SportCross did get the attention of younger, performance-minded consumers, which set the for their carefully executed the IS 250 and IS 350 .

Most recent Lexus IS 300

on the Japanese-market Toyota Altezza, the IS 300 was not originally designed to be a luxury When the automaker decided to a version of this compact, sedan in the U.S. it was retrofitted additional luxury content and a engine — the 3.0-liter six-cylinder already used in the Lexus GS 300 sedan.

This six was capable of 215 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of and paired with a five-speed transmission. Although this propelled the IS 300 to 60 mph in the low 7-second range, a but vocal niche of consumers and writers cried foul Lexus initially failed to a manual transmission. The company this oversight in 2002, a five-speed manual gearbox for the sedan. The IS 300 SportCross wagon, also debuted for ’02, was only.

In road tests of the Lexus IS 300 and wagon, our editors noted their stiff body allowed Lexus to tune double-wishbone suspensions for sharp without making the ride too for commuters. But the IS 300 is a car that needs to be regularly, we wrote at the time. balanced due to its rear-wheel-drive layout, an easy car to pilot aggressively, to the responsive steering and braking, size, excellent driving and 3,280-pound curb weight. The isn’t quite as precise as a but it’s close. Very


Inside, the IS 300’s not-so-upscale was snug, even by the indulgent of the premium compact car class. legroom and narrow footwells it difficult for adults to get comfortable in and storage space was minimal. Of the two styles, the SportCross wagon was the practical choice, thanks to its cargo bay.

Past IS 300 Models

As a used car choice, the IS 300 a lot of sense. Sold from it hasn’t held its value as as competitors like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Infiniti G35 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it equal or better performance in areas. Build quality was above average on the IS, and reliability is with Toyota’s typically reputation.

First-year Lexus IS 300 sedans light on content, so it might be a idea to confine your to 2002 and newer models. curtain airbags, stability auto-dimming mirrors and a center were all added to the standard list for ’02, while leather seating and a navigation became optional. Notably, control was only available on with the automatic transmission. were minimal in the years

Despite all the fuss the enthusiast made about the manual-transmission manual-shift IS 300 sedans are rare on the used car market, as the vast were sold with

If you are looking for older years, our used Lexus IS 300 page.



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