2001 Lexus IS 300 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2001 Lexus IS 300 - Road Test Specs

2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan

(3.0L 6-cyl. 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2001
ModelIS 300
Style4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$30,995
As-tested MSRP$34,156


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeinline 6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)215 @ 5800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)218 @ 3800
Transmission type5-speed shiftable automatic


Steering typespeed-proportional power steering
Tire size, frontP215/45ZR17
Tire size, rearP215/45ZR17
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / solid rear disc

Track Test Results

0-60 mph (sec.)7.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 90.4
60-0 mph (ft.)114
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)34.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsGauges are cluttered and distracting. Tach is very small. Redline is tagged at 6350 rpm, and shifts come at exactly that point. Nice engine growl. After shifts, there is virtually no rpm drop. The powertrain is clearly dialed in for performance driving. Geared perfectly. With traction off and brake torquing to 2500 rpm, it will spin the tires freely before launch. Good solid launching. Sport shift does not allow the driver to put the vehicle into first gear. This is like the Lincoln LS, where it will only downshift to first when you mash the accelerator full throttle. If you attempt to downshift beyond 2nd, you will get an audible beep, letting you know that this is not possible. Also, it will not let you hit the limiter in first gear. The 1st to 2nd shift comes whether you like it or not. All other shifts can be fully driver controlled, however. Sportshifting yields no significant advantage over regular "D" mode. Shift buttons are responsive to the touch. Street starts were very similar timewise to brake torque starts.
Braking commentsBrake pedal feels very good, offering awesome feedback. Very confidence inspiring. ABS makes unrefined noises, and there is lots of skidding. Straight line stability is perfect. Extremely powerful and extremely consistent. Pedal effort is a tad high with a decent amount of pulse coming through.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)67
Wind (mph, direction)4 mph N

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 18/23 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3270
Length (in.)176.6
Width (in.)67.7
Height (in.)55.5
Wheelbase (in.)105.1
Legroom, front (in.)42.7
Legroom, rear (in.)30.2
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)37.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.1


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years / 70,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverGood
NHTSA crash test, passengerGood
NHTSA crash test, side frontExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side rearExcellent
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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