2001 Lexus IS 300 Overview

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Perfect Daily Driver by Bill
 — What this car needs is about 100 more horsepower, firmer suspension, a clutch type LSD, and more room to comfortably fit 9.5" wide wheels all around. Other than that, it's a perfect little car to get ... Read More
A+ In Value And Satisfaction by Kenneth
 — Performance is great and handles like a rock. Going on over 130k miles, and it drives better than new!!! Car still gets people raving about it and still looks fresh. Gas milage and maintenance are cos... Read More
Great 4 Door Sport Sedan. by danzai
 — the is300 was purchased in 2001. i purchased one of the first vehicles to come stateside. it was a great car and offered adequate room, excellent power, handling and brakes, the fuel economy was excel... Read More

2001 Lexus IS 300 Overview

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2001 Lexus IS 300

The IS 300 compact sedan joined the Lexus model lineup in 2001, replacing ES series at the entry-level.  The IS 300 also joins the GS series as it is geared towards performance.  This was the smallest car that Lexus had ever built, at just 3270 pounds and 176 inches long.  
The original IS housed a 3.0 liter inline six, which made 215 horsepower and provided 218 pound-feet of torque.  The sports sedan sped from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, and from there it could brake quickly back down to a stop in 117 feet.  Gas mileage was surprisingly low considering the size of the car.  It achieved 18 mpg in city driving and 23 on the highway.  While the IS 300 did have a unique tiptronic feature, it was not available with a true manual transmission in 2001.  All ISs were rear wheel drive.
As its price reflected, the IS was certainly not the GS.  Owners and reviewers found that this new sedan didn't have the focus on luxury that might be expected from Lexus.  Drivers were pleased wih the tiptronic technology that was featured in the IS, but it was not a substitute for a stick.  The IS 300 would undergo several changes for the 2002 model year.


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