Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Rick Popely
January 7, 2000
Vehicle Overview The GS300/400 falls between the ES300 and flagship LS400 in the lineup at Lexus, Toyota's luxury division. Since its 1998 redesign, the GS enjoys a sportier look than either of its teammates.
Brake Assist, which applies maximum braking force when it senses a hard push on the brake pedal, is a new standard feature.
The model names denote engine sizes (3.0-liter six-cylinder and 4.0 liter V-8) for the rear-drive GS, which competes with luxury models such as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lincoln LS, Audi A6 and Acura RL.
Exterior An eye-catching four-headlamp face, sloping rear roof and a tall tail give the GS a distinctive appearance among luxury sedans, which tend to be conservative. At 189 inches long, the GS is slightly shorter than the less-expensive ES300 and 8 inches shorter than the pricier LS400.
Interior The GS has the usual seats for five and the drawback of a large driveshaft tunnel that makes the center rear seat feel like a penalty box. Four adults can sit comfortably in an interior decorated with leather upholstery and California walnut trim.
Lexus GS300/400 models feature an optional navigation system with a 6-inch LCD screen to point you in the right direction.
Standard features include a bright electronic gauge cluster, automatic climate control, a 215-watt, seven-speaker sound system and a power tilt/telescopic steering column.
Under the Hood The GS300 uses an inline 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 225 horsepower, and the GS400 comes with the same 4.0-liter V-8 as the LS400, though the GS is rated at 300 horsepower instead of 290 for the LS. Both models use a five-speed automatic transmission, but on the GS400 it includes a sequential manual-shift feature through steering-wheel buttons.
Performance Both models have the crisp handling and athletic moves of rival European sedans, and the GS400's V-8 delivers thrilling acceleration. Other Lexus sedans can be criticized for lacking spirit, but that does not apply to the GS.