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

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Lexus IS300

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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 Lexus IS 300 and IS 300 did get the attention of younger, more consumers, which set the stage for carefully executed successors, the IS 250 and IS 350 .

recent Lexus IS 300

Based on the Toyota Altezza, the Lexus IS 300 was not designed to be a luxury car. the automaker decided to sell a of this compact, rear-drive in the U.S. it was retrofitted with luxury content and a larger — the 3.0-liter inline already used in the midsize GS 300 sedan.

This 3.0-liter six was capable of 215 and 218 pound-feet of torque, and paired a five-speed automatic transmission. this drivetrain propelled the IS 300 to 60 mph in the low range, a small but vocal of consumers and automotive writers foul when Lexus failed to offer a manual The company rectified this in 2002, adding a five-speed gearbox option for the sedan.

The IS 300 wagon, which also for ’02, was automatic only.

In tests of the Lexus IS 300 sedan and our editors noted that stiff body structures Lexus to tune their suspensions for sharp handling making the ride too stiff for But the IS 300 is a car that needs to be exercised we wrote at the time.

Well balanced due to its rear-wheel-drive it’s an easy car to pilot thanks to the responsive steering and nimble size, excellent position and 3,280-pound curb The steering isn’t quite as as a BMW’s, but it’s close. close.

Lexus IS300

Inside, the IS 300’s cabin was snug, even by the standards of the premium compact car Tight legroom and narrow made it difficult for adults to get in back, and storage space was Of the two body styles, the SportCross was the more practical choice, to its 21.8-cubic-foot cargo bay.

Past Lexus IS 300 Models

As a car choice, the IS 300 makes a lot of sense. from 2001-’05, it hasn’t its value as well as competitors the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G35 and C-Class, but it offers equal or performance in most areas. quality was always above on the IS, and reliability is consistent with typically strong reputation.

Lexus IS 300 sedans were on content, so it might be a good to confine your search to and newer models. Side airbags, stability control, mirrors and a center armrest all added to the standard equipment for ’02, while full seating and a navigation system optional. Notably, stability was only available on models the automatic transmission.

Changes were minimal in the following.

Despite all the fuss the crowd made about the option, manual-shift IS 300 sedans are commodities on the used car market, as the majority were sold automatics.

If you are looking for older visit our used Lexus IS 300

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