Sunday Star-Times - - DRIVETIMES -

Model: Lexus IS300h Price: $77,300. Pow­er­train: 2494cc 133kW/221Nm in­line petrol four + 104kW/300Nm elec­tric mo­tor fed by nickel-met­al­hy­dride bat­tery; CVT gear­box; rear wheel drive. Per­for­mance: 0-100: 8.5 sec­onds; 4.9 litres/100km; 113gm/km CO2; Euro 6 emis­sions. Vi­tal Statis­tics: Length: 4680mm; Width: 1810mm; Height: 1430mm; Wheel­base: 2670mm; Weight: 1720 kg. We like: De­tail changes that smooth out quite a few rough spots in the IS range; diesel-equalling fuel use with­out the guilt. We don’t like: Park­ing brake ped­als and NiMH bat­ter­ies are carry-overs from the 20th cen­tury; im­proved cabin still feels a bit lastyear.

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