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2001 Lexus IS

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 16/Hwy 21/Comb 18 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 3.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic, 5-Spd w/Overdrive
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2001 Lexus IS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 250 Ratings for the 2001 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

My favorite car ever

By on Friday, May 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 204,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "handling, reliability, roominess, styling"

Cons: "road noise higher than other Lexus sedans"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Not only is it a fun car to drive, but it is also very practical. I have the Sportcross variant, and it easily swallows up large cargo. We bought a 9 ft X 12 ft rug and it fit entirely inside of the car. The front right seat folds down flat and the 60/40 split rear seats fold down as well. My wife was able to ride in the rear left seat, with the rug beside her. I previously had a twin-turbo supra, and my Sportcross has significantly less power, it actually handles better. The suspension is near perfect, making it a very nimble car that is easy to park in crowded parking lots. Reliability is amazing, it is to be expected from Toyota's premium line. Cost of maintenance is cheap if you don't take it exclusively to the Lexus dealer. My only complaint is the amount of road noise. We have had a couple LS-series and GS-series Lexuses (Lexi? What is the plural of Lexus?) and they really do spoil you. The IS 300 is quieter than a BMW 3-series, but not the tomb-like silence that I have noticed with other Lexus sedans. It took me many years to find my Sportcross, but it was well worth the wait. I love the styling, reliability, and handling. I have no plans on parting ways with it. If you are considering an IS 300, you won't be disappointed."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best Lexus I ever own 2003 is sport design

By on Friday, October 23, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Cost maintenance.

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Interior design bettter than the later model"

Cons: "Maintenance coast."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Due to very expensive maintain by Lexus dealer, I have to give it up. For the past 12 years, it never over heated, and never die on me. Lexus stopped build inline engine. Hate to say goodbye,"

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Crushed to part with her

By on Monday, June 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 203,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Crazy value. Blast to drive."

Cons: ""Chronograph" speedo dial layout. Pretty annoying."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have been extremely happy with this car. Bought at 179K miles, still sounds lovely at 203K. Interior comfortable, controls/shifter/radio all so handy and intuitively placed. Stock speakers are impressive. Torque is fantastic. Tons of fun, especially freeway/passing. Wants a lot of caution in rain/snow, because she'll be out of control quick. Handling is wonderful. Wears tires fairly quickly. Xenon headlights are awesome. Gas mileage as advertised. I'd recommend the car to anyone."

30 people out of 42 found this review helpful

Really great car

By on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Attractive luxury and sporty ride"

Cons: "Nothing important enough to mention!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

myIS

"What is not to like about a 2JZ inline six packed into a sleek four door that offers the right amount of sport and luxury to keep you comfortable and stylish. Turns on a dime and has nice solid suspension. I wish they had made it an option to get a twin turbo version but other than that, and a few other very small things, I have no other complaints."

16 people out of 25 found this review helpful

myIS

Poor gas mileage. Good power and handling.

By on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,600

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "power, handling, style"

Cons: "mileage, room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Peppy performance and good braking. No room in back seat. Small trunk. Comfortable on long rides. Nice styling. Poor performance in snow."

7 people out of 17 found this review helpful

First car, first love!

By on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Runs great, well made, comfortable, fun!"

Cons: "Expensive parts and maintenance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is the first car I ever bought on my own and I love everything about it! I still get compliments on it even though its almost 12 years old and it still drives like a charm! The interior is still in perfect condition after living at the beach for 5 years. My only complaint and the reason I'm thinking of selling is that it is soooo expensive to repair. I've been told that the engine will be great for at least 200,000 more miles but the thought of the upkeep and maintenance as the vehicle ages is daunting. If you can afford the expensive maintenance then this car is definitely worth every penny!"

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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