I special ordered and leased a 2001 LS Sport V-8 in December, 2001. It has been trouble free. It is the best value for the money for a near-luxury sport sedan. Gas mileage-27 mpg @ 79+ highway. Comfortable with many nice interior touches. Race-derived suspension and power to spare. It will be replaced at lease-end with another LS.
Styling, handling, power and comfort
Less obtrusive trunk hinges. I know that the 2003 LS will correct all other concerns and will have some enhancments as well.