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Pros: Auto leveling Xenon headlights (says high-end)
Cons: No subwoofer with sounds
Advice: Very dependable car with great gas mileage!The Lexus IS300 is the only performance sport sedan Under $45K,that also gets over 20MPG city!! Don't get me wrong there are more powerful 'meaner' sedans out there. But as far as the whole package goes the IS300 takes the cake. Don't be fooled by its 6cyl. mask. A simple push of the trac button to off and you'll find yourself chasing the back-end out of a turn. Interior seats could be a bit more comfortable but do have good lateral support. Cockpit is equipped with all of the modern wants and needs. (depending on the pkg. selected) Looks more than anything on the car demand respect. Lexus chose the 'less is more' cliche which suits this sport sedan to the T and forced other manufactures to strictly follow suit.
Pros: Audio system and handling capabilities.
Cons: Could use more horsepower and only gets about 20 mpg on average.
Advice: This is an amazing vehicle that can match almost everyone in its class in all aspects yet costs much less. Lexus reliability is second to none.This is an amazing vehicle that costs much less than the 3 series, A4, C320. First I will address some of the positives as I have driven almost every car in its class. This car is much sportier than most in the sports sedan category. It is not as fast as the 330, new TL or the G35. However, the car feels about as fast as all the others and is much more fun to drive. It handles better than all of them. The TL and G35 can pull about .01 or .02 more lateral g's when the IS has on all seasons but that's only grip. The IS can be tossed side to side much easier because it is a smaller car with a stiffer suspension. Motor Trend had it pull .91 g's when the IS had summer tires on which ranks up there with two seater sports cars. Handling is top notch and nothing can competer in this category Lexus quality is the finest. This car doesn't have wood or look as refined as others but the materials are first rate. I have no rattles or problems through 40,000. My father has a 330i and my wife has a C320. Their cars aren't as well put together as far as rattles and squeaks and have been in the shop 2 times more than mine. Next, the stereo in the Lexus is much better than others. BMW has the worst stereo around. If you disagree then you haven't heard other cars. G35 is a great sports sedan but has a very cheap console and features and is a bigger car that is less fun to drive. The TL is fast and modern but is front wheel drive. It definately has different handling characteristics especially when cornering. The A4 and X-type are just a luxury cars with very little sporting characteristics. Both do not handle especially well or are very quick because of the extra weight. Plus the wannabe jag is based on a Ford Contour platform. My buddy has one and it is in the shop every month. The IS doesn't lead every category in this class. However it is one of the most fun cars you will find in terms of driving excitement. It also is very reliable and comes with every feature you need. It is a drivers car. I don't want anyone else driving my car so why would I need memory seats. Plus how often do I have rear seat passengers that need their asses warm. You can get nit picky but this is a fantastic drivers car that you don't see nearly as frequent on the roads as many of the others.
Pros: quiet yet taught ride
Cons: could be little bigger in length and width
Advice: you should like to drive a 5 speedNice and tight yet smooth on the curves
Pros: THE STYLE IN AND OUT
Cons: GOOD POWER
Advice: THE CAR WILL SELL ITSELF.MINE DIDMY 2002 GRAPHITE GREY IS300 HAS TO BE THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK FOR ME.I WAS IN A BAD CAR WRECK AND MESSED UP MY BACK,MY DR TOLD ME I WILL NEED TO BUY A COMFORTABLE CAR,AND TO GET RIDE OF THE ONE I WAS DRIVEING 65 MILES TO SEE HIM IN. SO I TEST DROVE LOTS OF CARS AND THIS HAD TO BE THE BEST ALL-AROUND CAR FOR THE MONEY AND THE MOST FUN DRIVEING I HAVE EVER HAD IN A CAR
Cons: interior room
Advice: long wait for vehicle delivery if ordered with or without certain optionsDid not test drive before purchasing
Pros: Steering, braking and general handling
Cons: No factory tuner version available (like M or AMG)
Advice: Great car and a good value in the low 30s.This car is a sportier but slightly less roomy version of the BMW 325i sport wagon. If BMW offered all the wagon engines it offers in Europe (including both the 3 liter gas and diesel engines), I would have probably gone that route. That being said, the IS handling, steering and braking are phenominal and all this car needs is a supercharger to compete with the M3 on the track.
Pros: Sporty appearance and Lexus quality.
Cons: The lack of power compared to other cars in its class
Advice: Get the summer tire optionIS300 handles great, has decent performance and great brakes. The ride is firm but not to the point of being harsh. The car rear seating is tight. The over all quality of the car is superb! Lexus needs to increase the vehicles hp or offer a supercharger or turbo to better compete with vehicles being offered by BMW,Infiniti and Acura. My dealer could not find a car with the limited slip differential. Why Lexus does not include this option as stardard is beyond me. I would like to see Lexus offer some type of wood interior accents. The stereo system is excellent, however it's slightly weak in producing bass tones. The optional navigation system is difficult to program as it doesn't utilize a touch screen interface.