Granted, there is nothing you can do to halt the passage of time but you can feel youthful again every time you get behind the wheel of a vehicle that makes you feel unapologetically daring and 50BOLD! The 2019 Lexus IS 300 will get your heart pumping in a feel-good way.
The IS 300’s sheet metal looks good from every angle and definitely commands attention. It sports an edgy exterior design with sleek lines, a sculpted body, and an aggressive and distinctive front end. The standout on the IS 300 are the available full-LED headlamps that feature a three-projector design that forms a sinister-looking L shape. The vehicle’s aggressive stance tells drivers that the car is ready to pounce at a moment’s notice! When you hit the road in the IS 300 those who glance in their rear-view and see it coming will want to move over!
Inside the IS 300 is a prime example of what can occur when intuitive design and meticulous detail correctly come together. The fit and finish of the materials used in the vehicle’s cabin are noteworthy.
Seating in the IS 300 is comfortable and extremely supportive, especially in the lumbar area. The five-seater has a serene cabin and offers a multitude of features. The controls are reachable, there are comfy armrests which makes sense because you will lay your arm on it while you use the Remote Touch multimedia interface which many have complained about. The complaints about the interface are unfounded as far as I’m concerned! Its operation is certainly not rocket science and on the flip side, is pretty intuitive.
Everything design-wise appears solidly put together.
Visibility all around in the IS 300 is great. However, here are my nits… As far as seating five adults in the compact, four would make comfier sense. If you’re north of six feet, getting in and out of the sedan might wear on you as it is low to the ground; so knee-grazing can be a frequent occurrence. The cargo area in the luxury sedan is also on the small side at 10.8 cubic feet.
The Lexus IS 300 gives good punch especially when taking back road hairpin curves; the compact gets to show off her best side. The ride is sporty and comfortable, with handling that is precise, nimble, and so very adept. The IS 300 AWD churns out 260 horsepower that is more than enough power for the average wannabe thrill-seeker and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Speed for the IS 300 was good off the line and on the highway, but if you need a tad more hot sauce, the IS 350 F Sport is a V-6 that delivers a standard 311 horses. Another one of the IS 300’s attributes is the great braking system that instills confidence.
There are a number of noteworthy safety features that either comes standard, or is offered as an option on the IS 300–vehicle dynamics integrated management, intuitive parking assist, anti-lock braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, ten airbags, smart stop technology, and backup camera with dynamic gridlines.
The 2019 IS 300 offers deft handling, eye-catching styling, and a richly trimmed interior, so if you’re looking to have fun behind the wheel, this compact is it.
Need more info? Prices start at $38,410. www.Lexus.com