1998 Lexus GS 300

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1998 Lexus GS 300
Available in 1 styles:  GS 300 4dr Sedan shown
Asking Price Range
$2,480–$8,612
Estimated MPG

20 city / 25 hwy

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chicagotribune.com
We recently tested the all-new GS400 sedan from Lexus and now have spent some time in its less-expensive, less-powerful GS300stablemate.

The rear-wheel-drive sedan was most impressive because it arrived about thetime Ma Nature had a hissy on the roads.

Excellent foul-weather handling thanks to vehicle stability control, fancy name for a traction-control system that distinguishes itself getting out ofsnow-clogged driveways onto snow-clogged roads without stumbling. You can usethis RWD machine to give friends who own Mustangs and Camaros/Firebirds a liftto work when it snows.

The major difference between the GS300 and the GS400 is the reason for the300 or 400 moniker. The 3-liter, in-line 6-cylinder develops 225 horsepower inthe 300; the 4-liter, 32-valve V-8 develops 300 h.p. It means about a 2-seconddifference in a 0- to 60-m.p.h. run. It also means a 20-m.p.g. city/25-m.p.g.highway rating from the 3-liter versus 17/23 with the 4-liter.

One major gripe, however, is the key fob with its power lock/unlockcontrols. The fob has "unlock" and "panic" buttons to unlock the doors orflash the lights and sound the horn in a panic situation.

But where's the "lock" button?

Unless you have a salesman explain the fob or you read the owner's manual,you don't realize that you press the panic button once to lock the car--orjust walk away if you have taken the keys out of the ignition and the carlocks on its own. Nice touch--once explained.

The GS300 starts at $36,800 ($44,800 for the 400). Dual front and side airbags and ABS are standard. Add $1,020 for a power slide/tilt sunroof, $1,710 for leather seats and $1,050 for upgraded sound system with compact-discplayer.




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