2003 Lexus IS 300 Consumer Review: excellent car

2003 Lexus IS 300 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.0L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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excellent car
By ccunning on


2003 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


I was looking at the IS 300, Audi A4 1.8T, Subaru Impreza WRX, and Infiniti G35. The Audi handled horribly and had an ugly interior and the G35 is too new and has no manual transmission. The WRX was a good car, but couldn't match the refinement of the IS. It's the perfect blend of smooth refinement and performance. The WRX has better magazine numbers, but only due to an AWD launch, the IS is just as fast in the real world. The IS is tuned to a more euro feel, whereas the WRX is softer and more rally tuned. I prefer the tightness of the IS.

Best Features

HID headlights, good leather quality, sexy styling, smooth engine, good built quality and service, 5 spd, excellent stereo, auto leveling headlights, great handling, full size spare with matching wheel.

Worst Features

Auto up/down on all windows, why is it only on the drivers window? Cup holder and parking brake should be switched, tall cups get in the way of shifting. It's annoying to have to hit a button and wait 10 seconds to load a cd. Traction control should default to off.
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