2003 Lexus IS 300 Consumer Review: Road trip

2003 Lexus IS 300 - Consumer Review

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

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Road trip
By KJsIS on


2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


I took a road trip from Texas to NY and
back about 3 weeks after buying this
Sportcross. I found that I had to use
cruise control on long drives,
otherwise the seat would become very
uncomfortable for my gas pedal leg.
I've taken this trip before in a GTI
VR6 and didn't experience any
discomfort. Of course, this problem
wouldn't be noticed during day to day
driving, only on 600+ mile cruises.
Besides that, the paint chipped much
more than I expected for a premium car
(GTI fared better). Other than those
issues, I've truly enjoyed the 2 months
with this car.

Best Features

Great stereo, very good handling, and the Sportcross' looks are unique. I did not see another on the road during the 4000 mile trip (only sedan versions). I got many 'thumbs up' from passing motorists and have had a lot of positive comments from people checking out the car.

Worst Features

Driver's seat front adjustment similar to BMW 330 because the seats seem a little short and become uncomfortable on long drives. A few more horses would be nice and/or a 6-speed transmission.
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