1998 Lexus LS 400 Consumer Review: Like driving a stick of butter

1998 Lexus LS 400 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (4.0L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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Like driving a stick of butter.....
By gstrid on


1998 Lexus LS 400 4dr Sedan


If you want to test the side restraints
of bucket seats, want a hard solid
ride, with plenty of conrtol, and want
to throw your passengers around, buy a
BMW or a Mercedes. If you want an
economy Lexus, buy an Infinity. If you
total road stability with an
exceptionally smooth ride, buy a Lexus
sedan. We test drove the four above
mentioned flagship models when they
were three years old, and bought the
Lexus. It's not very quick off the
line, but when it gets rolling, it
flies. It doesn't corner as rigidly as
a BMW or Mercedes, but it handles
(especially changing gears) much
smoother. The seats are by far more
comfortable. Long drives are

Best Features

These cars are truly maintenance free, total luxury, so smooth to drive.

Worst Features

The one thing I think Lexus could improve is the accelerator. It is attached to the floor board, and takes some getting used to. Starts can be a little faster that you intend depending on the size of your foot and where it is placed on the floor.
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