With a legendary inline six powering the rear wheels, a handsome shape, and a compact and lithe chassis, the first gen IS is the Lexus equivalent of a purist’s BMW 3 Series – only better since it’s a reliable Toyota at heart.
And there’s no question that this super clean example with not even 50k miles on the clock is pretty special. Whether it’s $13,000 worth of special I’ll leave up to you. Regardless, it would be hard to find a more capable, reliable, and long-lived alternative for a whole lot less.
Some may squawk at the automatic transmission, but the five-cog slushbox may suit folks looking for a daily commuter. The car also gets bonus points for having just completed a major service (for a reported $2700), which might lessen the pain of the acquisition cost (somewhat).
Offered on craigslist HERE by a private seller in the Chicago area.