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2005 Lexus IS 300

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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 2005 Lexus IS 300

  • Can't match the BMW 3 Series, but its combination of price, performance and premium features make the IS 300 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, aging design struggles to keep up with its more modern competition.

  • What's New for 2005

    The IS 300 continues into 2005 largely unchanged. A limited-slip differential is no longer available with the manual transmission.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (45 total reviews)

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I didn't know i could

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I just bought this 2005 IS300 with 129k miles and is simply amazing. Drives like new, literally. Very quiet and the straight 6 engine is superb, its quick, and you can't even feel the transmission shift. By far, this car is the most fun I've driven. I know these cars are good for over 300k miles with little maintenance. Everyone should have the opportunity to own one of these. You'll have a hard time sleeping knowing its in your driveway. I have had no regrets buying this car! GET ONE!




2005 is300. what a car!

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

The best car I've ever owned. A smart decision if you get one. 124k miles and runs like a champ. In the city will eat up gas a little more than it should but on the fwy is as good as my previuos 07 Corolla. Powerful, smooth, quiet and very responsive engine. Automatic transmission shifts smooth. I love the reliability, confortablity, style, interior design, re-sale price and everything about this car. Even with "kind of" high mileage haven't had a single problem. Do regular maintenance and car wont let you down. It's just a blast to drive.




One of the best cars

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

By far one of the best cars I have owned in the past 10 years! when i bought the car I didnt think it was better than the 330Ci but i gotta say its just like it but better than it in some ways! i love my bimmer but i gotta say although this car was released a year ahead of e46 bimmers it did a good job competing against them. =D




Loved the is300 since debut

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I recently picked up the last year IS300 (2005). I have always wanted one and I do not like the IS250 or IS350, they look too much like other lesser vehicles. I love the reliability, mine has 93k miles but I have seen them with over 200k and still running. The sunroof doesn't work, but it is 7 years old and I don't use the sunroof. I love the inline 6, v6 are not as torque'y.




The best

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Awesome to drive and really nice on a round smooth and perfect in winter this car is best for a teenager looking to race and customize the car sweet ride have fun.




The little lexus that could

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

This car is a blast to drive! It feels so light and nimble on twisty back roads it's just plain fun! It never feels like its going to get away from you, even when the front tires are pushing into a turn. Little "step outs" from the rear end are easily corrected on dry roads. The only thing this car needs to be the ultimate entry level "luxury sport", in my mind, is another 50 hp. Very quiet inside, even with 19s. The tiptronic auto works well, although 2nd gear could be a bit taller. Traction control is a bit intrusive, but does its job, even if it stays on to long when it kicks in. The motor, although lacking power, is silky smooth! And that's an understatement.



Full 2005 Lexus IS 300 Review

What's New for 2005

The IS 300 continues into 2005 largely unchanged. A limited-slip differential is no longer available with the manual transmission.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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