2000 Lexus IS 200 SE 2.0 gas


What a joke - the worst car Lexus ever built

General Comments:

Just rented this car for a week, because it's hard to get an American class car that would cost less than an airplane here in Germany.

The car was listed as full size, but in reality it's just a compact sedan with small stiff seats, small trunk, and small interior.

The instrumental panel crammed with gauges is the worst I've ever seen, but I guess you can get used to that.

But the most disappointing is the engine performance. The acceleration is so anemic, and the engine is so noisy, I hated this car after 5 minutes of driving.

The wind noise at high speeds and the engine noise are terrible. You certainly cannot call that comfortable driving.

The car doesn't feel stable above 80 mph.

Engine is weak, so forget about high-speed maneuvers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th April, 2001

11th Apr 2001, 15:03

Actually the IS200 is actually a rebadged Toyota. Toyota are well aware they couldn't get away with badging this car as a Lexus in Japan hence it is sold over there as the Toyota Altezza. Even more surprising is the fact that prices over there start at around £10,000 for the car (albeit not with a V6 engine) yet Lexus/Toyota seem to charge their European customers a massive premium for the same car.