The Best-of-All-Worlds Bunch — Lexus IS 300 — Road & Track

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Lexus IS 300 #151; 3rd

562.7 points

Step out of any car in this group and into the and you might think you’ve from a Thunderbolt to a Spitfire, or a to a Pitts, to put it in an aviation context. The IS 300 is the sports car of this group, and it small, taut, nimble and As one driver noted, you wear car more than any of the others.

It’s a lively car, and tight, with quick, steering and excellent feedback the front tires, with a hint of understeer in the tight Ride is on the firm side, and our Editor thought it had an uncoupled on bumpy roads, adding, The doesn’t like to do two things at but it’s an easy car to drive if the road is smooth. One or two drivers it felt jiggly on some of the rougher roads we covered, and be their first choice for a road trip. It’s not as a highway cruiser as the others but those who appreciate its communicative probably won’t object.

The 215-bhp 3.0-liter engine is not the powerful in this group, but it has silken snarl that inline-6s seem to produce, excellent throttle response and power at all rpm, and it had the best in our group when it was time to down.


Gearing of the 5-speed box is well matched to the engine, and always seems to be a gear works perfectly in any corner for down a nice burst of speed. On the highway, it moves out in 5th gear, but a downshift to 4th is worth the just for the F1-like sound of zinging toward redline. drivers, however, thought the slightly abrupt and the feel of the somewhat harsh, but others it mechanically precise. Either it fits the firm, uncompromised nature of the car.

While everyone gave the car marks in the handling and fun-to-drive our group was divided over the styling, inside and out. The or more traditional types on the tended to give it lower for its contrived body design and detail, while others it fresh and modern, or at least The gauges, for instance, are styled to like chronograph faces, one editor liked and another as faux dive watch.

Buyers will have to for themselves on the styling, but no one had any complaints the ergonomics. The nicely shaped, driver’s seat, good and gearshift placement and easy-to-decipher and controls make for a very station from which to this nimble car. with the BMW, it seems to been set up for racing as well as and it makes the active (or even driver feel instantly at

One factor that elevated the in our ratings was its price, third at $36,014, and that with a complement of extras (navigation leather, limited-slip differential, seats, etc.) that it up from a base price of $29,435. For a car with an excellent of finish, a very high fun and spirited performance, it is something of a in this group.

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