"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"