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2003 Lexus IS 300

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IS 300
Year
2003
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2003 Base w/5-Spd Man 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $29,435
2003 Base w/5-Spd Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $30,805
2003 Sport Cross 4dr Wagon Price:   -  From $30,805

Overview

The IS 300 is the rogue of the Lexus family, a compact four-door sedan combining sassy looks and snappy performance with the superior quality control usually associated with the Lexus name. The IS 300 is priced nearly the same as the more conservative Lexus ES 300, but is targeted toward a younger audience. While the ES 300 uses a V6 and front-wheel drive, the IS 300 uses an inline-6 and rear-wheel drive. The ES is smooth and sophisticated; the IS is hip and aggressive. In fact, with rear-wheel drive, best-in-class horsepower, and the road-hugging handling of a German touring car, the IS 300 offers a compelling alternative to the benchmark BMW 3 Series. The IS 300's high-tech 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine is renowned for its smoothness. It produces 215 horsepower on recommended 91-octane fuel. The E-shift five-speed automatic transmission shifts automatically or manually via buttons on the steering wheel. Last year, Lexus added the SportCross, a "4+1-door body style" to the IS 300 family. The company jumps through hoops to avoid the words "five-door" or "hatchback" or anything else that would suggest practical economy, but it does add practicality. Lexus says the SportCross appeals to a much younger crowd than even the sedan; we figure that means active-lifestyle jocks in addition to well-heeled geeks and gearheads. (We pride ourselves as gearheads, but geeks is probably a more accurate label.) Fortunately, the SportCross isn't as awkward as its tag. In fact, it is anything but awkward. For 2003, the Lexus IS 300 offers new standard and optional wheel designs, including a new 16-inch aluminum alloy wheel with 205/55R16 all-season tires. All-season tires will be available for other models in addition to the summer performance tires. Otherwise the rogue Lexus remains unchanged from last year.

Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 215 HP / 218 ft.lbs.
Transmission
5-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 215 HP / 218 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Aluminum
Fuel Tank
17.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$67
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
10.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
89 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
176.6 "
Exterior Width
67.9 "
Exterior Height
55.5 "
Front Headroom
39.1 " / 37.8 "
Rear Headroom
37.7 " / 37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.7 "
Rear Legroom
30.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
52.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,255 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 16.0 "
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Gold Trim
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Black
Rear Spoiler
Wing
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth / Ecsaine Leather / Ecsaine Simulated Suede/leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
8-way / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
8-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Premium Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 Performance
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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