• (4.5) 11 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,394$12,478
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Engine: 215-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2004 Lexus IS 300

Our Take on the 2004 Lexus IS 300

Our Take

Introduced for the 2001 model year, the sporty, compact, rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS 300 was meant to be a noteworthy rival to BMW’s 3 Series and other European sport sedans. An IS 300 SportCross body style joined the original IS 300 sedan later that season. In 2002, Lexus added a manual-shif... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Instrument layout
  • Interior space
  • No manual shift for SportCross

Notable Features

  • 215-hp engine
  • E-Shift automatic transmission
  • Available manual gearbox in sedan
  • RWD layout
  • Available SportCross wagon


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 11 reviews

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Want BMW performance AND reliability, look here.

by Tom from Santa Fe, NM on January 23, 2007

I bought this IS300 used in charcoal grey and love it. The handling of this car is superb as it almost asks to be thrown around and have the sport-tuned suspension do what it was made for. The I-6 e... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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