(4.6) 8 reviews
MSRP: $3,973$11,461
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 8 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 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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