Lexus IS300 – Forbes

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Lexus IS300

Lexus its name on bombproof luxury Up to now, vehicles from high-end division of Toyota sometimes considered bland, but always received top honors on quality index. These don’t break–period.

Now, the IS300 sports sedan, is gunning for more than quiet engines and rattle-free It’s time for a Lexus growls.

And the $31,350 IS300 make noises that please any 17-year-old–or anyone who forgotten what it’s to be an adolescent. It has a 215-horsepower inline engine that delivers torque (218-pound-feet) at only rpm.

In plainspoken terms, torque at revs means that feeling of taking flight very quickly and, a smile spreads across face faster as well.

there are perforated rolls of leather covering the doors and and the gauges look lifted from the face of a diving with chronograph-style bezels. The is a chrome ball that like the handle of a one-armed (even though the car only with a five-speed automatic; on that below).

The IS300, not is aimed directly at the BMW 330i. Its time is close to the BMW’s in 7.1 seconds vs. 6.1 seconds for the 330i), and its dimensions and wheelbase are also

The question, then, is obvious: If you a German BMW and remake it with parts, do you get Lexus reliability a Bavarian touring car’s

From The Driver’s Seat

the cockpit of the IS300 reminds us of the video arcade games, you to give Lexus more than that. The oversized with notched bezels for the heat and fan are instantly recognizable and to adjust, and the leather-wrapped steering and drilled aluminum pedals are nifty to look at and comfortable to

On twisting roads, the computer aspect of the IS gives way to genuine and the all-independent suspension and crisp add up to taut handling and very body roll. If only car had a manual transmission.

For now–until a five-speed stick for 2002–you’ll have to make do the automatic, which does with a steering-mounted E-shifter. this would make up for the of a true standard transmission, but this E button doesn’t upshift at redline (like Tiptronic system) or downshift a slap of the gas pedal, you’re feeling like the kid who got the slot for Christmas but not the track to go with it.

The interior of the car is also a bit of a downer. The pillars of the car crowd in a bit, and or bigger people would this a car more difficult to get in than the 330i. Cram adults into the backseat of the and they’ll scrape their on the ceiling.

Should You Buy This Car?

One of the annoyances of the BMW 330i is that it come with back that fold down an option)–but the IS300 doesn’t offer such a package. And the itself is even smaller that of the BMW, and much than the capacious boot of the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

will address these issues in 2002 with the IS 300 a wagon version of the IS300. But the same buyer who needs a bit of (but wasn’t thinking go for the SportCross?

Other burning questions:

Lexus IS300

1. Did need to make the traction of the IS300 so aggressive that it into the fun; turn it off and the car more tossable, but then why traction control at all?

2. Is the male buyer Lexus aimed this car at going to be by the PlayStation interior when he 35?

3. Will enough potential BMW jump the fence and turn We can answer that last at least. Lexus wouldn’t be the manual shifter and wagon if the IS already a big hit, and it is. It’s not a but it is plenty of fun. Bring on standard transmission and BMW might start to sweat.

But just a little bit.

Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds

type; displacement: inline six VVT-i (variable valve 3.0 liters

Horsepower: 215 @ 5,800 rpm

218 @ 3,800 rpm

EPA mileage: 18 city / 23

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