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Car of the Week December 4, 2000
2001 Lexus IS300 -- Aggressive, angular, and agile, the IS300 couples the signature comfort of a Lexus with the attitude of a German sport sedan.
Like its European counterparts, the muscular IS300 has front-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration and is powered by the same 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder as its GS300 sibling.
Pumping out 215 horsepower, the automatic transmission gets added appeal thanks to sporty "E-shift" manual shifting buttons on the steering wheel.