Advantages Beautiful styling, smooth engine
I consider myself to be lucky in many respects. I have a house, I have a beautiful cat, I can walk in a straight line, and get drunk on two pints (a cheap date am I).However, I feel lucky to be able to own an IS200. However, I can see that you are already confused, as this is a review for an IS300!
Lexus are very kind people and look after their customers, and, once a year, in many parts of the country, hold an ‘Open Road’ event, where customers and non customers alike are able to drive the whole Lexus range without a sales droid sat in the back (Not that Lexus have sales droids… Even the sales staff feel honoured to work for Lexus!).This gives us mere mortals the chance to Lord it up, and look great in cars that cost more than a years wage!
So, having attended a few of these events, I thought I’d write about the IS300.Styling:
The car also comes as standard with 17 inch alloy wheels, although you can get 18 inch alloys, which, in my opinion, make the car grip even further into the corners.Interior:
The switchgear is also very high quality, and you just know that nothing will fall off or break (if you own an Italian car, you’ll know what I mean).One thing to note is the lack of boot space. The seats don’t drop in the normal saloon, although they do in the sports cross (Estate type car), and the entrance to the boot is also narrow, limiting what you can get in there.
When it comes to buying a lexus, there is very little to ask for by way of extra equipment. Unlike anything German, the cars come fully loaded right from the start. Included equipment:
6 CD auto changer (which is in the dash, not in the boot), with 8 speakers
Traction Control / ABS
Electronic seats that are heated
One thing to note was the Sports button near the gear lever. In Auto mode, this doesn’t change the gears until you are into very high revs… More of this later!Handling:
Now, for people used to front wheel drive, unless you are careful, you will get into trouble in this car! My first lesson, and greatest lesson was in bends… You NEVER back off in a corner. Remember that and you will be fine.The ABS works well, and you never notice it, which you shouldn’t, and the traction control also works well. Turn it off at your peril…. You’ll be surprised how often it is used!
Anyway, in a word, the handling of the car is great. It’s as smooth as hell, yet when thrown around corners, there’s no body roll. How Lexus achieved this balance is just unbelievable! You won’t be disappointed!Engine:
There is a reason Lexus always end up winning the JD Power survey (amongst others) every year. For example, my current Lexus’ clutch started to slip (worn clutch I guess). This is something you would have to pay for with any other type of car: Not Lexus! Was replaced free and I even got a courtesy car!
The IS300 is a great car to drive, and you have to weigh up whether the extra expense of the Auto box and bigger engine is worth it over the IS200. In my opinion…. Yes!
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