Top Gear Magazine Reviews the Lexus IS 300h

Lexus IS 300h Top Gear

Paul Horrell from Top Gear magazine has reviewed the Lexus IS 300h F SPORT, and balances his appreciation of the handling with his dislike of the variable transmission.

(Ultimately, he preferred the non-F SPORT version and its softer suspension.)

Read the Top Gear IS 300h Review


  • BlackDynamiteOnline

    Whether you like CVTs, or don’t like them, learn to love them!
    They’re the most efficient transmission going today.

    You will see Toyota products get them more and more as we go along, and all hybrids will feature them……

  • Walter Ndlovu

    why is my comment gone?

  • krew

    Hi Walter,

    Your comment wasn’t deleted on purpose — there may have been a server error, my apologies.

  • F1orce

    Which is faster IS250 or the IS300h?

  • MT

    IS250. Quicker on the standard sprint 0-100kmh and quicker on the quarter mile. Thats what i have seen in some document yesterday, although i don’t find it at the moment any more. The 300h is quicker though from 80-120kmh.

  • Carson

    That is actually a surprisingly positive review from Top Gear. The LFA and 86 seem to have changed their attitude a bit to Toyota/Lexus because they used to be pretty much negative about each new Toyota release for quite a few years there.

    I also think they have a point in the last paragraph. The 300h engine fits best in the ES which is built purely for comfort. Why go to all the effort of building a sporty car like the IS and then release it with a hybrid engine built primarily for fuel efficiency and low emissions. The IS 350 is not available in Europe remember.

    I think the ES300h would sell quite well in Europe. Perhaps once production moves to the US, Lexus will consider exporting the ES to Europe?

  • Walter Ndlovu

    no problem krew

  • Max Bramante

    Did you notice that the car has been almost completely destroyed by the reviewer? Not to mention the comments (probably by english users)

  • Max Bramante

    Really, really sad. If that was a german the music was completely different. English gonna hate.