Auto review: Even taking the low-price road, the 2021 Lexus IS 300 reaches the highs

2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD: Can a small, low-optioned Lexus sedan be any fun? Price: $47,100 as tested. Comfort package, $1,950. More below. Conventional wisdom: likes the “smooth and comfortable ride on bumpy roads, cabin is well-isolated from noise, offers more features for the money than German rivals,” but not the “subpar fuel economy with all-wheel-drive power train, rear seats can be a tight fit for adults.” Marketer’s pitch: “All-in engineering. All-out performance.” Reality: The IS makes a great companion, even when it’s F-less. What’s new: It’s been a long time since I tried an…

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