2005 Lexus IS 300 Overview

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2005 Lexus IS 300 Overview

This was the final offering of the first-generation IS sedan. Although the wagon would be discontinued, the IS series would in future offer two engine options and also become available with all-wheel drive. For nearly 5 years, the IS had provided Lexus with a fine combination of price and performance. Unfortunately, stiff competition like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class were able to other offer either better performance or more luxury.

The 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine returned for its fifth and final year in 2005. The engine specs had remained unchanged since 2001, at 215 hp and 218 lb-ft of torque. The sedan sped from 0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds and braked back down to zero in just 115 feet. Since 2002, the IS had been offered with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission, but the limited-slip differential had been discontinued. All ISs were still rear-wheel drive.

For many drivers, the sedan's low profile led to some nervous moments on bumpy roads. Excessive tire wear was also frequently reported with relatively low mileage. The sport-tuned suspension received mixed reviews: Some said it was too stiff for a Lexus, while others found it ideal for the sporting image.

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