AT A GLANCE
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.