Lexus Sports Cars Ratings
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2006 Lexus GS 300 - RWD
Pros: Design, Quality
Cons: I would want more adjustment in the seats
Advice: Get the vented seats - worth the $200Smooth, refined, beautiful. The lines of the vehicle resemble the new Mercedes CLS. Plus, the legendary Lexus quality. I am planning to trade in my 2002 Jag.
2006 Lexus GS 300 - AWD
Pros: Safety , Power, Extras
Cons: ---- nothing
Advice: BUY IT !! GS AWD!or V8 430Simply Amazing, forget about the E-Class & 5 Series and A6!. If you buy this car GS AWD with the Package that costs around $5,400 Car is about $52,000 FULLY FULLY LOADED. An E350 4 matic Mercedes with all the same extras (lexus has a few extras that are unhear of right now that are amazing e.g knee airbags) it will run you $70,000 ITS A CLEAR CHOICE !! THE GS IS NUMERO UNO !!!!!
2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Pros: automatic top and stero
Cons: run flat tires are a pain, and hard to get serviced
Advice: get ready for a lot of questions from strangersI got my car when they first came out. I still love it. My lease is up in the spring so I have been shopping. Nothing compares. I was planning to keep the car, but just saw the special edition with the black sparkle paint. The black burl wood sold me, despite the absolutly horrible red interior. I love the ride. It has plenty of speed for me, and I dont hear my boyfried complaining. The workmanship is top notch. My only problems are with the run flat tires. I have had an intermitant problem with the stero reseting its levels, but they are installing a replacement. The sound system is fantastic, and I love to blast everything from hip hop to rock. If you think you have no need for a navigation screen, wait to you see this one. I would not have ordered it, but now I would not live without it. I almost traded in my Xterra, that I love, just to get a Lexus SUV with the navigation screen. Lexus's navigation is far superior to any other I have seen. The back seat is small, but I have had 4 people in the car for short rides. Kids dont mind getting squished at bit, they are so happy just to ride in the car. I hear the back seat makes this a 4 seat car and reduces insurance rates. This is by far the most expensive car I have owned. But it is worth every cent. If you are looking just for a serious sports car, this may not be for you. But if you want luxury in a sports car, Lexus has hit the mark with this car. Buy it. I live in Maine. This car will not drive in snow.
2004 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Pros: Ride comfort
Cons: Sub par road performance
Advice: Its a luxury car plain and simpleI was in the market for a second car for use of as a daily driver, test drove the car mulitple times, unique looks and a very comfortable ride and car is very well put together, but it is NO sports car. Car understeers a good deal under less than moderate driving, it also has a mushy road feel and quite a bit of bodyroll when lane changing. Engine has good power tho car never seems to lose that luxury car feel.
2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Advice: do not buy this vehiclesince purchasing this car ive had nothing but trouble.radio went dead, battery went dead, tire pressure sensors malfunction and biggest problem rust on body, roof, and undercarriage.have been fighting with lexus for past 9 months to buy back car but only getting the run around. bottom line do not buy this car or any product from lexus.
2003 Lexus IS 300 - Auto Sedan
Pros: Sporty handling that hugs the road
Cons: Hesitation Problem with the Transmission
Advice: DO NOT BUY - Lexus is not willing to stand behind their productThe handling is extremely capable for sporty driving and the brakes are unrivaled. The power is adequate and smooth, though it tends to lug a little at lower RPM's. The E-shift allows only limited control over shifting (gears 2-5) and far too often down-shifts on its own. A HESITATION PROBLEM occurs in many IS300's as a result of the vehicle's ICU (onboard computer) malfunctioning -- a major issue considering it is not detectable during the initial test drive, gets progressively worse, and according to Lexus, is not correctable.
2002 Lexus IS 300 - Auto Sedan
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.