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2005 Lexus IS 300 Wagon

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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 Automatic
  • 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 (5 total reviews)  |  Write a Review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Solid investment

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

The best thing is the low maintenance - this is a modest luxury wagon, but is a great alternative to the bmw saab audi or vw wagons. It is quiet, smooth and incredibly responsive. The tight steering and ample 215 horsepower make for an exciting drive.




Lexus sports wagon

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

This car is a kick to drive. It is so smooth and manuevers very well. Easy on gas too. It is sporty yet can handle plants etc coming from Home Depot. I love this car.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Thumbs up to is 300

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

My use of this car is for daily commuting. It is fun to drive , has sporty handling and performance(5 speed manual transmission), has classy features and is built with quality materials and workmanship. For my purposes it is just the right size but this would not be practical for those with larger needs. Its positive attributes overshadow the plain styling. The mileage is acceptable (25- 27 mpg mountain driving conditions) but could be improved, maybe to around 30- 35 while maintaining the performance.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fun on wheels

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

A real kick to drive. Traded in my BMW 3 series for it, and I'm not sorry. Handles like a dream, a has a real sport car feel. Only complaint is the small trunk.




Great allaround family vehicle

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Vehicle: 2005 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

No problems. Comfortable, safe (brakes are instant and powerful), very zippy, responsive to drive. Excellent no- hassle dealership. Surprising hauling capacity (my daughter's LX300 carried no more than the SportCross when she moved house last week). Quiet. Fuel consumption averages just under 30 mpg.



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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