What's New for 1999
The GS 300 was totally redesigned last year with improvements in performance and a completely new look. As a result, the 1999 model goes unchanged except for the addition of daytime running lights and standard floor mats.
Looking to create the ultimate sport sedan in both price and performance, Lexus redesigned its GS 300 last year and came up with a truly exceptional car. Available with either a 3.0-liter twin-cam inline six, this is one model that can hang with the best Europe has to offer.
A distinctive quad headlight design sweeps back into the hood and fenders in much the same manner as Mercedes' E-Class cars. Short front and rear overhangs give the GS a sporty look, and tidy hindquarters with creative rear taillights keep this car from blending in with the rest of today's high-line sports sedans.
The appearance of the car is supported by a powerful drivetrain with the inline six models making 225 horsepower. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted shift buttons, this car make for great fun on twisting roads while not giving up a bit of luxury when cruising down the interstate. The GS 300 comes standard with antilock brakes and all-speed traction control.
Interior features include an "Optitron" lighting system in the gauge cluster that looks like something out of a Star Trek movie, one-touch up and down windows and moonroof functions, and a multifunction keyless remote entry system. Options include a premium sound system by Nakamichi and a GPS-based navigation system that uses touch screen controls.
As with other vehicles in the Lexus line, road feel and absolute sportiness take a back seat to pure luxury and refinement. BMW's 540i offers a bit more fun and the Mercedes E-class has, well, the Mercedes emblem on the hood. But for all-around, everyday living with rock-solid reliability, you can't beat the GS series, especially if price is a consideration.