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I got to drive the IS300, BMW 323 and a bunch of other cars in that class during an Edmunds test thing they had just when the new 3 and IS300 came out....I guess around 2001.

On the first run, of the 5 cars, I had the IS300 and then the 3 series as the top two in that order.

After driving for a while, even with the IS300 having the extra power....the 3 series just had a better feel to it and all around better run. In the end....there was no question the BMW won and the 3 came in a relatively distant second.....even though it had more power. If I was driving the 325.....there would be no comparison.

FYI: The course was a small autocross type setup and I was sliding all over the place with all of them. For an autocross car......the Lexus just isn't the one I would choose. Then again, I own a Miata these days. I highly suggest testing out the Bimmer's of the same year......I think they will win hands down....especially for autocross.
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