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.
This is a unique car and I have seen very few on the road. I think it is understated.
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.
Quality design and workmanship, solid/tight feel, Lexus luxury in a sport sedan.
Offer the IS 300 in a two door with AWD and retain the manual transmission. Improve low RPM torque.
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
Fast, responsive controls (including
phenomenal brakes), I can park
anywhere, just the right seating for my
short-stocky frame, comfort for large
and small passengers, and large hauling
capacity. Front passenger seat folds
forward to provide a desk for my
laptop. Great body style. Low noise
Other than more front passenger area
storage, don't change a thing.