Lexus IS300


Superb build quality/value for money. Luxury spec. Ultra reliable. Smooth ride.


First year models lack some specification

Lexus IS300 (2001 - 2005)

  • Lexus IS300 Overview

    Underrated classic sports saloon car with superb luxury specification and interior. Like much of the Lexus line the IS300 offers the elegant look and emphasis on luxury performance credentials rather than all out racing appearance and performance. It appeals to drivers who appreciate a certain understated quality. Having said that this is a vehicle which has enough power, acceleration and handling credentials to make your average car owner go wow. A sparky in-line six cylinder and 211bhp gives plenty enough oomph for most drivers tastes. Rear-wheel-drive, firmly tuned suspension, high-performance tyres add to its value. The 3.0-litre six cylinder engine was capable of 215 hp and 218 pound/ft with a five-speed automatic transmission and 0-60 mph in just over 7 secs. First year Lexus IS 300 saloons were lighter on spec though so later models after 2002 are the best. A five-speed manual gearbox option for the saloon was added in 2002 along with side curtain airbags, stability control, auto-dimming mirrors, etc; with full leathers among the quality options. After 2002 the 300 remained relatively unchanged.

  • 2004 Lexus IS300 Main Specification

    Performance - 230km/h, 0-100km/h 9.4 sec

    Fuel consumption - 10.9 litres/100km.Water-cooled engine straight six displacing 2997cc with four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing.

    Four passengers

    157kW at 5800rpm / 288Nm at 3800rpm.

    Five-speed automatic with manual sequential option and rear wheel drive.

    Independent, multi-link suspension.

    Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering with height adjustment steering column.

    Anti-lock brakes with ventilated discs.

    Wheels/tyres: 17ins alloy rims shod with 215/45 Z-rated radials.

    Dimensions/mass: Length: 4400mm, width 1725mm, height 1405mm; mass: 1482kg.

  • Standard Features

    Radio/tape audio system with six-disc front-loading CD changer

    Remote-controlled central locking

    Electric windows / mirrors


    Front-door courtesy lights

    Cruise control

    Front, side and curtain shield crash bags

    Anti-lock brakes

    Stability control

    Seat belts with pre-tensioners

    Heated front seats


    Automatic air-conditioning


  • 2004 Lexus IS300 detailed specifications

    2,997 cc 3 litres in-line 6 front engine, 86 mm bore, 86 mm stroke, 10.5 compression ratio, variable valve timing/camshaft, double overhead cam, four valves per cylinder

    Premium unleaded fuel 91

    Fuel economy mpg: 25

    Multi point injection fuel system

    17.5 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank

    Power - 160 kW , 215 HP SAE @ 5,800 rpm; 218 ft lb , 296 Nm @ 3,800 rpm

    Four wheel ABS

    Brake assist system

    Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs

    Electronic brake distribution

    Electronic traction control via ABS & engine management


    Fullsize alloy rim internal spare wheel

    Wishbone front and rear suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs

    Body side molding

    Body color front and rear bumpers

    Coefficient of drag: 0.29

    Day time running lights

    Driver power heated partial-painted door mirrors with automatic operation , passenger power heated partial-painted door mirrors

    External dimensions: overall length (inches): 176.6, overall width (inches): 67.9, overall height (inches): 55.5, wheelbase (inches): 105.1, front track (inches): 58.9, rear track (inches): 58.5 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 34.1

    Front fog lights

    Complex surface lens Xenon bulb headlights

    Heat reflective glass

    Luxury trim alloy on gearknob and alloy on doors

    Mica paint

    Fixed rear window with defogger

    Tinted glass on cabin

    Weights: curb weight (lbs) 3,255

    Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe

    12v power outlet: front and 1

    Air conditioning with climate control

    Diversity antenna

    Peripheral anti-theft protection

    Cruise control

    Front seats cup holders fixed , rear seats cup holders pop out

    Door ajar warning

    Door pockets/bins for driver seat, passenger seat and rear seats

    External temperature

    Floor covering: carpet in load area

    Floor mats

    Driver and passenger front airbag

    Seating: five seats

    Service interval indicator

    Front side airbag

    Eight speaker(s)

    Leather covered multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment


    Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

    Ventilation system with recirculation setting and micro filter

    Front and rear ashtray

    Audio anti-theft protection: integrated in dash

    Manufacturer's own RDS audio system with AM/FM, cassette, Disc Autochanger and six-disc remote changer

    Cargo area light

    Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 10.1

    Front seats cigar lighter



    Computer with average fuel consumption

    Full dashboard and floor console with covered storage box

    Delayed/fade courtesy lights

    Sports driver and passenger seat with height adjustment and tilt adjustment

    Height adjustable 3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners

    Front seat center armrest

    Lockable glove compartment

    Two height adjustable head restraints on front seats , three height adjustable head restraints on rear seats

    Headlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensor

    Illuminated entry system

    Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 39.1, rear headroom (inches): 37.7, front hip room (inches): 52.8, rear hip room (inches): 53.9, front leg room (inches): 42.7, rear leg room (inches): 30.2, front shoulder room (inches): 52.6, rear shoulder room (inches): 53.5 and interior volume (cu ft): 89.2

    Low fuel level warning

    Remote power locks

    Power steering

    Front power windows with one one-touch , rear power windows

    Front reading lights

    3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side, passenger side and center side

    Rear seat center armrest with trunk access

    Three fixed bench front facing rear seats with zero adjustments

    Automatic operation rear view mirror

    Remote fuel filler door release

    Remote control remote trunk/hatch release

    Front roof airbag

    Front seat back storage

    Upgraded cloth/velour seat upholstery with additional upgraded cloth/velour