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Lexus LS 430

(2001 - 2006)  Rating of the Lexus LS 430

Lexus LS 430

Unfortunately the Lexus LS 430 doesn't have the looks of the European competitors

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
4.3 V8 283 hp 13.2 l/100km Petrol 6.7 s 250 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 5 005 mm
Width 1 830 mm
Height 1 470 mm
Wheelbase 2 925 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 905 kg
Weight (max) 2 350 kg
Boot space (min) 552 l
Boot space (max) 552 l
Fuel capacity 84 l


   The Lexus LS 430 was produced since 2001. It is available as a sedan. This model was discontinued in 2006. It was replaced with the new Lexus LS 460.

   There is only one engine available and it is a 4.3-liter V8. It has a considerable pull, even though the car weights around two tones. The LS 430 comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard, so the car takes off swiftly, cruises effortless and accelerates rapidly at any speed.

   The Lexus developed an air-sprung suspension for this car, which ride quality is similar to the Mercedes-Benz S-class. This suspension has a variable ride height, which can be adjusted riding on rough roads. The handling is fine considering the car's class, furthermore it grips well and body lean is not excessive comparing with the rivals.

   The powerful V8 engine runs silently and you have to rev it hard to remind that it is still there. Tyre noise is virtually absent. Only a slight wind noise protrudes inside the cabin, but it is heard only because there are no other disturbing engine and tyre sounds to cover it.

   The Lexus LS do not comes cheap. Furthermore it's maintenance and servicing are expensive, while fuel consumption is high. When it comes to sell it the LS retains less of it's value than the Mercedes-Benz S-class. However it's mechanics is faultlessly built and it will virtually last forever if serviced regularly. As typical with Lexus nothing should go wrong with it.

   Interior of the car is beautifully damped and there is a quality feel in the every single detail. The Lexus LS 430 comes loaded with plenty of controls and adjustments, but a sheer number of gadgets before you can be confusing and distracting, in case if you drive the car yourself.

   The driver's seat and the steering wheel have have a fantastic levels of adjustability. However some things like a high driving position and heavily-padded seats may not be to everyone's taste.

   The Lexus LS 430 is also available in a longer wheelbase version, which provides really enormous space both inside the cabin and in the boot. The rear passengers benefit most from that extra space.

   Even the cheapest Lexus LS comes with 10 airbags, including the knee 'bags for the front occupants. The list of active safety features is impressive. Traction control is fitted as standard. As every Lexus, the LS is a tough nut for the thieves, as this car is hard to drive away.

   The LS has every imaginable labour-saving devices fitted as standard, and things like all-electric windows and door mirrors are overshadowed. It's equipment includes air-conditioned seats, keyless entry, full-leather trim and rain-sensing vipers.


   Advantages: Perfect build quality and comes fully loaded with labour-saving devices.

   Disadvantages: Does not have the image and looks of the European competitors. Not as nice to drive yourself.

   Verdict: Hire a driver and take a place on the rear seats.

   Also consider: BMW 7-series, Mercedes-Benz S-class.


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