1996 Lexus ES 300 Long Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: Undiscovered Country

August 30, 2012

1996 Lexus ES 300

Look at that vast, unbroken veldt at the center of our Lexus's steering wheel. Note how empty it is, bereft of the channel-selecting scroll wheel, volume controllers and phone button you find on modern cars. Many aspects of Lexus's interior are reminders of how much new stuff has been added to cars in the last 16 years, and the absence of a gaggle of gadgets on the steering wheel is a fairly prominent one.

There are a couple important features that are built into our wheel's minimalist hub, however. One is the airbag, which I hope never to use. The other is the horn, which I chirped yesterday to remind a distracted SUV driver that a green light means "go." The beep sounds brand new.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @147,903 miles

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