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Lexus IS 300 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 215 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Lexus IS 300

  • Improvements this year make the IS 300 a true sport sedan. We feel sorry for those who couldn't wait and bought '01s.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Outstanding driving dynamics, slick interior decor, competitive pricing.

  • Cons

    Small rear seat and trunk, not much storage space, styling more suited to baggy-panted masses.

  • What's New for 2002

    Once a goal is set, Lexus is not a company to dillydally. Witness the 2002 IS 300. After just one year on the fiercely contested entry-level luxury sport sedan battlefield, Lexus has quickly moved to address the IS 300's short list of faults. A five-speed manual transmission is available, and it comes packaged with a sportier suspension than what is offered on the "regular" IS 300. The luxury side of the equation has also been upped. A navigation system and an all-leather interior are optional this year, and the rearview and driver-side mirrors are auto-dimming. Safety is also enhanced with the addition of head-protecting side curtain airbags (in addition to the regular side airbags), a BrakeAssist function and a stability control system. And for all of those golden retrievers out there tired of riding around in numbing RX 300s, take notice that Lexus has expanded the IS 300's lineup with a wagon version.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

I've had mine since 2012, after I bought it I changed ALL fluids and did the timing belt... haven't looked back. This site doesn't allow you to choose a model that has navigation for 2002 which mine has.. also has full blk leather interior, sunroof, 5 speed manual, LSD rear end, heated seats, power everything. Whoever bought this car initially ordered it from the dealer with all those options b/c I haven't seen one like it in person or online.. I love it. 5 speed is the way to go in this car, but finding one is getting hard, nice city power to get thorough traffic, not the best MPG, but i'm heavy footed and you get the trusty Toyota build quality. Great Car!



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Absolutely red :) 5m

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Have to agree on the fun-to-drive factor!! Whew! this car is a blast to drive! Love the orange interior lights at night! Guage package likened to a wrist watch face is an original touch. Shifting is solid quality feel. Love the sound of the engine. Handles like she's' on rails. Just bought a set of 18" rims (all black) with potenza s-04 pole positions, so the ride should be on fire soon. Im' driving a Subaru GT wagon in the winter but my life is changing so I'm selling Suby after 13 yrs of ownership. :( But Looking forward to buying a set of micheling Xi3, dedicated winters, to be mounted on the stock rims. Should handle the snow just fine and be a lot of fun in the drift too!



5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Call me impressed!

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Original owner here with over 200,000 very enthusiastically driven miles on my IS300. Still runs and looks great. Only unscheduled maintainence was swapping out all of the O2 sensors at about 120K. Bought Denso universals for about $60 ea and soldered them in myself. Did clutch at 100K with aftermarket parts and saved $$$ vs. OEM parts. Aftermarket clutch and flywheel holding up much longer than original, which started to slip a bit at 90K miles. Lots of great aftermarket support for this popular car due to its great driving dynamics, good looks, and wonderful inline 6 motor. Highly, highly recommended. Great driver's car, especially with the manual trans.



13 of 13 people found this review helpful

Solid as gibraltar

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Bought as a demo w/9k miles on it. Now has 188K and haven't had any unscheduled maintenance on it yet. Runs like new. Unbelievable reliability. Can't recommend enough. All the fun of a sports car in a sedan. 5-speed manual is a must for driving enthusiasts. My gas mileage is nearly identical to the window sticker rating, so I don't know why people gripe about the mileage. Besides, even though I might save $500/year in gas with a BMW 3-series, it would be offset by the several thousand per year extra I would have to spend on repairs. I'm willing to pay a tad extra for peace of mind.



7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Hats off to lexus

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

I'm closing in on 200,000 trouble-free miles. Every mile has been a delight. Wish I could give a vehicle score of 11 for the reliability and fun-to-drive categories.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Fun car to drive

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Vehicle: 2002 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

I've had my IS for a little over a year now. Bought it used as a certified pre-owned with about 63k miles on it. It's an auto with the e- shift option which is fun but I don't use very much. I love my Lexus a little bit more every time that I sit in the front seat! It is a very fun car to drive, extremely reliable, handles great, accelerates quick, rides smoothly, and is very eye catching. Haven't had any problems with it and planning on keeping it for many years to come!



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Full 2002 Lexus IS 300 Review

What's New for 2002

Once a goal is set, Lexus is not a company to dillydally. Witness the 2002 IS 300. After just one year on the fiercely contested entry-level luxury sport sedan battlefield, Lexus has quickly moved to address the IS 300's short list of faults. A five-speed manual transmission is available, and it comes packaged with a sportier suspension than what is offered on the "regular" IS 300. The luxury side of the equation has also been upped. A navigation system and an all-leather interior are optional this year, and the rearview and driver-side mirrors are auto-dimming. Safety is also enhanced with the addition of head-protecting side curtain airbags (in addition to the regular side airbags), a BrakeAssist function and a stability control system. And for all of those golden retrievers out there tired of riding around in numbing RX 300s, take notice that Lexus has expanded the IS 300's lineup with a wagon version.

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Talk About The 2002 IS 300

2002 Lexus IS 300 Discussions See all Started By

verygreedy
verygreedy
08-30-2008
Here's the deal, I've got a 2002 RX300 with 83,000 miles on it. It was meticulously maintained and oil changed every 3000 miles. I often used Mobil 1 too....


ltcjsh
ltcjsh
12-24-2013
My Lexus has 160K. Original engine, transmission, struts, AC, Power Steering,. It has been a great car but have spent money over the years maintaining. Now I know that big repairs are coming sooner ?...


pocahontas
pocahontas
03-16-2001
Here is the new place to discuss the 2002 IS 300 SportCross. To start, here's some information from Edmunds.com's News. What do you think?...



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