2001 Lexus GS 430 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2001 Lexus GS 430 - Road Test Specs

2001 Lexus GS 430 Sedan

(4.3L V8 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2001
ModelGS 430
Style4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$47,355
As-tested MSRP$54,411


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)325 @ 3,400
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Steering typespeed-proportional power steering
Tire size, frontP225/55VR16
Tire size, rearP225/55VR16
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / solid rear disc

Track Test Results

0-60 mph (sec.)6.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.7@96.6
60-0 mph (ft.)117
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)37.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThroughout all of the quarter-mile runs, the time varied by only .26 seconds, showing that it was a very consistent performer. It was frustrating to be playing with different parameters like launch rpms and shift points in order to get the best times and getting little to no results. The best run was achieved by launching at 1,500 rpm and shifting as close to redline as the manual action of the shifter allowed. Shift performance is a little slow at full throttle upshifts, with the shifts from first to second manually being done a little before 6,000 rpms to actually have the shift occur at the 6,400-rpm redline before hitting the rev limiter. One other note is that the ECM power button did not offer any improvement in performance in our testing, but it is suspected that once the computer senses full throttle acceleration, it goes into that programming automatically.
Braking commentsBrake performance was excellent, as far as the small distance it required to stop, but pedal feel is a whole other subject. During the first run, the brake pedal went dead to the floor with little to no resistence to get there, but you could tell that the vehicle was stopping in a very short distance, which it did. After making that run, we checked the fluid level just to make sure it was not low on brake fluid, but the fluid level was well within operating range. Other than that oddity, the ABS system operated fine with no notable tire-scuffing on the pavement and got an even better number on the next run. The third run was within .14 of the second, showing the repeatable performance of the brakes.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)63
Wind (mph, direction)8 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 18/23 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)22
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.8

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,707
Length (in.)189.2
Width (in.)70.9
Height (in.)56.7
Wheelbase (in.)110.2
Legroom, front (in.)44.5
Legroom, rear (in.)34.3
Headroom, front (in.)39
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.8


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years / 70,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years / Unlimited miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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