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2003 Lexus IS 300

Lexus IS 300 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 215 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Lexus IS 300

  • It's still not at the level of a BMW 3 Series, but its combination of price, performance and premium features make it a very intriguing sport sedan or wagon.

  • 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 2003

    Other than having some new wheel designs, the IS 300 is unchanged this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Long time owner

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Bought the car new in 03, 1st car I've ever put on 100K + miles. The car has been great - limited repairs (brakes); fun to drive, sporty; very practical, folded down split rear and front seat to carry home 8' lumber. Mostly commuting, but also long trips. Ride a bit harsh on seamed or rough roads.




Gram's fun car

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Since purchasing this car 18 mos. ago with 7000 mi on it, it has been one of the most fun, reliable cars I have ever owned. My grandchildren love riding in it and I can haul my plants and flowers with seats folded down. I get so many compliments on the looks, even from total strangers.




Lexus is

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

love the look handling and performance of the car




Road trip

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I took a road trip from Texas to NY and back about 3 weeks after buying this Sportcross. I found that I had to use cruise control on long drives, otherwise the seat would become very uncomfortable for my gas pedal leg. I've taken this trip before in a GTI VR6 and didn't experience any discomfort. Of course, this problem wouldn't be noticed during day to day driving, only on 600+ mile cruises. Besides that, the paint chipped much more than I expected for a premium car (GTI fared better). Other than those issues, I've truly enjoyed the 2 months with this car.




Lexus sport cross

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

What I wanted in a car when I bought the IS 300 Sport Cross was a car that would drive like a sports car, but transport R/C model planes easily. It fills the bill, except that a manual tranmission is not available in the Sport Cross.




What's next?

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I drive alot! 2-3K per mo. Heavy LA traffice or flat out on a freeway. Car handles both very well. Got 21K on the clock. New Yokohamas to replace the crap Potenza tires that are over rated, at 20K. In summary, the biggest beef I have is the ability to adjust the driver's seat to my needs. Nada! Beef #2, as the trans shifts in to 2nd under kickdown , acceleration goes flat! Paint finish is not to the standard of the other Lexus cars, ie lots of rock damage, paint readily nicks down to the metal. Suggest new buyers put a small bra on the nose when they first get it.



Full 2003 Lexus IS 300 Review

What's New for 2003

Other than having some new wheel designs, the IS 300 is unchanged this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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