Silver Trumps Gold - 1996 Lexus ES 300 Long-Term Road Test

1996 Lexus ES 300 Long Term Road Test

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1996 Lexus ES 300: Silver Trumps Gold

November 23, 2012

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I spent a few minutes the other day just admiring the lean silhouette of our Lexus. Muscular curves are all well and good, but there's something classic and elegant about this sedan's more slender, stretched-out approach to design.

Aesthetically, there's just one thing about the car's exterior that bugs me... 


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...and it's this: its gold badging. Gold just strikes me as being on the garish side. And while I think the car's sheet metal still looks attractive and fairly current, the gold badging is the one aspect of the vehicle's appearance that screams "1990s." 

Are you a fan of gold badging?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor  

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