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2004 Lexus IS 300 Overview

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5-Speed
Avg. Price: $10,423
E-Shift
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Avg. Price: $10,333
SportCross
Avg. Price: $10,411

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4.85 stars

Based on 13 reviews

2004 Lexus Is300 Sportcross by Serge
 — First of all I should point out that I have a passion for sport wagons. The sportcross handles great thanks to a great weight distribution and a front engine - rear wheel drive setup. The standard nea... Read More
04 Is300 by Asad
 — Performance wise this car out of the box is alright... its quick enough for around town handles great, if you want to be faster dont mess around with the NA modifications... just save up for a turbo (... Read More
Is 300 Drive? by Justin
 — Can't say too much about the car since I've only driven it several times. The IS 300 has a nice power kick to it. Put your foot down a bit and it will go, just give it time to get there. The turnin... Read More

2004 Lexus IS 300 Overview

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2004 Lexus IS 300

The IS 300 returned for its fourth year in 2004.  Conceived as a sport sedan, the IS was also the entry-level Lexus.  So price combines with performance: a car with similar road manners to high performance GS, but priced lower than the ES.  Unfortunately, sales of the IS had started to fall, as many reviewers continued to question its value in class verses the BMW 3-Series.
Changes for 2004 included only minor exterior trimming: new wheel design, new headlights, and darker trim around both the headlights and taillights.  Inside, a memory function was added to the driver seat.  The same 3.0 liter straight six power plant returned, making 215 horsepower and providing 218 pound-feet of torque.  All ISs were rear wheel drive, but they were available with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.  This was the last year that a limited slip differential would be available with the five-speed.
Many driver issues dealt with the interior being too Toyota-like.  The focus of the IS was performance, but many owners felt that Lexus luxury had suffered because of it.  The far more expensive GS series had a blend of sport and luxury, but the entry-level IS's fixtures and layout was often compared to the Corolla S.  The Japanese luxury automaker had walked the line between sport and luxury with both the GS sedans and SC coupes, usually tipping towards luxury.  However, the IS was a unique Lexus, and it embodied their continuing attempts to find new drivers.

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