2002 Lexus LS430 Review, Pelucidor , From New Jersey
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| ||Model of the car:||Lexus LS430 |
| ||General comments:||I do not own this car. However I did get a chance to thrash the LS430 around a test track and compare it to the Mercedes S430. For those of you who believe everything you read in car magazines about ride and handling and fun, please remember that YOU will be driving the vehicle and that Michael Schumacher is not your chauffer. In the real world for a normal driver this is what I found:|
Drove S430 first with the expectation that it would be VASTLY better than the LS430 (because I'd read all those reviews...). Found it to be good overall. Acceleration not that great, but competant through the cones although the steering was vague. Great exterior styling, bland and cheap interior.
Drove LS430 - what a revelation. Noticably quicker than S430, much better through the twisties, much better steering feel. Defintely more fun and better handling - much better ride. And
the interior is perfection.
Obviously I wans't trying hard enough with the S430 as we all know it should be better than the Lexus. Went back and drove it again - nope, not as capable around the cones, didn't 'shrink' aound me as the LS did. I think it needs the sport package and more power just to compare to the base LS430 (not euro tuned).
The above is my rating from driving both cars around a track - I somehow don't believe that most drivers will get to those speeds and try to take hairpin bends at 50mph during their daily commute (in which case the LS430 makes an even greater case for itself).
Driving impressions aside the Lexus walks all over the Mercedes except in exterior styling and perceived status. However the Mercedes has gorgeuos looks and is a good car - just needs to imitate the Lexus more to catch up.
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||Front end styling is ugly from some angles. |
Priced too cheap for status seekers.
| ||Previous car:||Mercedes S430