CAR Magazine Reviews the 2014 Lexus IS 300h F SPORT

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In the CAR Magazine review of the Lexus IS 300h F SPORT, Chris Chilton finds the hybrid sedan “distinctive” but dislikes the variable transmission.

Key quote: The ISh “should have no problem finding buyers swayed by the quality, tax advantages and the fact that it isn’t a BMW.”

Read the CAR review of the IS 300h


  1. CVTs will start taking over the market over the next decade. Whether you like them, or you don't like them, learn to love them, because they are the most efficient transmission on the market today. Makers are gonna get tired of trowing money down the 8-speed, 9-speed, 10-speed hole. The CVT makes too much sense..... BD
  2. MT

    Actually CVTs themselves are not that efficient. The CVT gets the engine revving at the optimal efficiency for a certain load making the engine consume less fuel for the same power output. The most efficient transmission (speaking of the gearbox-efficiency itself) is a manual transmission. It has the least moving parts. The electric CVT of the hybrid is even less efficient, routing upt to 30% of the power through the electric path. But the hybrid system as a whole, is incredibly efficient and reliable.