2002 Lexus IS 300 Expert Reviews

The Sacramento Bee's view

By Mark Glover on October 19, 2001

The Sacramento Bee's view

By Mark Glover on October 19, 2001

This can't be a Lexus, I thought. This is a hatchback, for crying out loud. A little wagon. All of these thoughts about the new-for-2002 Lexus IS 300 SportCross are blasphemous -- at least as ... Read full review

chicagotribune.com's view

By Jim Mateja on October 14, 2001

chicagotribune.com's view

By Jim Mateja on October 14, 2001

Lexus IS300 SportCross. The look of things that were, yet the look of things to come. Lexus calls its newest addition to the luxury-car lineup a 4+1 machine with a "new silhouette" that places "uni... Read full review

Boston.com's view

By Royal Ford on November 25, 2001

Boston.com's view

By Royal Ford on November 25, 2001

The problems: 1. Build a car that says speed, sport, and performance. 2. Give the same car the essence and utilitarian promise of a fine SUV. 3. And imbue it, as well, with the aura of a station wa... Read full review


Orlando Sentinel's view

By Steven Cole Smith on October 25, 2001

Orlando Sentinel's view

By Steven Cole Smith on October 25, 2001

WITH A NEW LOOK, SPORTCROSS EXTENDS THE REACH OF THE IS300Lexus doesn't make many missteps, and it's tough to categorize the IS300 sedan as an unsuccessful vehicle, because it isn't ... Read full review

The Detroit News's view

By Anita And Paul Lienert on January 9, 2002

The Detroit News's view

By Anita And Paul Lienert on January 9, 2002

Despite nearly 24 years of "wedded bliss," here's a rather spirited argument we haven't had before: Did we just drive a hatchback or a station wagon?Or what?The 2002 Lexus IS300 SportCros... Read full review

Our view: 2002 Lexus IS 300

By Jason Stein on March 18, 2002

Our view: 2002 Lexus IS 300

By Jason Stein on March 18, 2002

As the ad so proudly claims, Lexus has always meant luxury. But has it ever meant utility?We doubt it.Can you imagine: "Need extra space to haul that sheet of lumber? See your Lexus dealer."Or, per... Read full review

washingtonpost.com's view

By Warren Brown on December 23, 2001

washingtonpost.com's view

By Warren Brown on December 23, 2001

No one in America wants to grow old. At least that's what many automakers think. As a result, they are going overboard in their attempt to appeal to younger buyers -- even to the point of rena... Read full review

KansasCity.com's view

By Tom Strongman on January 12, 2001

KansasCity.com's view

By Tom Strongman on January 12, 2001

The newest little Lexus, the IS 300, is a direct challenger to competitors such as the BMW 3-series and Audi A4. That's a niche not normally inhabited by Lexus, which makes the IS 300 importan... Read full review