1995 Lexus LS 400

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$52,000

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1995 Lexus LS 400

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    $52,000

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1995 Lexus LS 400 review: Our expert's take

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A couple of decades ago there basically were three major competitors for the luxury-car market in the United States – Cadillac, Lincoln and Mercedes-Benz.

Now there’s no dearth of luxury makes, with some faring better than others.

One of the better success stories is Lexus, and this division of Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. has introduced an entirely new LS 400 model for 1995.

A four-door sedan, it exceeds its predecessor in virtually every respect, from technology to exterior and interior styling, and to the personal attributes demanded by luxury-car buyers.

“It’s the hardest model that we have to keep in inventory,” said Michael Drumwright, master sales consultant for Tom Wood Lexus. “Most are sold before we even get them.”

From the front to the back, from the bottom to the top, this 1995 model features change.

Take styling. The exterior has a more muscular, sharply chiseled look, without abandoning the Lexus identity.

The grille is farther forward and its corners have been beveled for a sharper-edged look. Complex fender character lines flow from the headlights to the windshield to give a twisted-ribbon effect. A raised belt line flows from the front fenders to the rear fenders.

But when all is said and done, it still looks like a Lexus.

Inside, convenience features abound in all directions.

Lexus says it’s the first automaker to offer an in-dash six-disc CD autochanger (most are in the trunk).

The space-efficient packaging of the instrument panel is made possible by a unique film-dampening heating and air conditioning system that has a higher capacity, yet is 25 percent more compact than the previous system. With automatic temperature controls, solar sensors differentiate temperatures for the sunny and shady sides of the car.

Lexus, which sort of pioneered the power tilt and telescope steering wheel on the American market, offers a newly standardized system for its ’95 LS 400.

Luxury-sedan buyers are a fussy bunch with definite ideas of what they like and don’t like. One of the prime features they like is room and comfort, and the LS addresses this in a rather fundamental way: A lengthened wheelbase.

It’s now out to 112.2 inches, a stretch of 1.4 inches, giving rear-seat occupants 2.6 inches more legroom. The company claims total legroom rivals that of many larger and heavier competitors.

As luxury cars go, the LS 400 isn’t a particularly heavy automobile, with a rated curb weight of 3,650 pounds. You can chalk that up to computer analysis and design that trimmed the weight by more than 200 pounds. And this, in turn, has improved performance and operating efficiency.

The engine is a redesigned 4.0-liter (242-cubic-inch), 32- valve aluminum V8. Thanks to more power and torque and the lighter weight, acceleration matches or exceeds that of some 4.5-liter engines.

While all upscale luxury cars are going to overhead cams for their powerplants, the LS 400 has always had one.

With four overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, this upgraded 242-cubic-incher now develops 260 horsepower, up from 250. Torque also is increased 10 foot-pounds to 270 foot-pounds.

The basic design of the V8 is unchanged, but by raising the compression ratio, increasing the valve lift and revising the exhaust manifolds for improved scavenging, more power has been obtained from the same 242 inches.

Coupled with the lighter weight, 0-60 mph acceleration times are 1 second quicker. And for flat-to-the-floor running, be sure you’ve got it pointed in the right direction. Top speed is rated at 150 mph.

The transmission is an electronically controlled four-speed automatic, of course. But as a concession to those with a yearning to do it themselves but who don’t really want to be bothered most of the time, there’s a stepped shift-gate that allows manual shifting.

The LS 400 is a driver-oriented car, with its double-wishbone independent front suspension redesigned for more precise steering control. Front-whee l caster h as been reduced so the initial turn-in is much more accurate.

While the wheelbase has been lengthened, the turning circle is reduced to 34.8 feet, down from the predecessor’s 36 feet. Steering with this car is dead-on, with only minute movements of the wheel needed to change lanes or pull out to pass.

1995 Lexus LS 400 Base price: $51,200.Type: Front engine, rear-wheel drive, five-passenger, luxury sedan.Engine: 4.0-liters, DOHC V-8, 32 valves, fuel injected, 260-horsepower, 270 foot-pounds of torque.Transmission: Four-speed automatic.Mileage: 19 mpg city; 25 mpg highway,Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds.Top speed: 150 mph.Wheelbase: 112.2 inches.Length: 196.7 inches.Width: 72.0 inches.Height: 55.7 inches.Curb weight: 3,650 pounds.Options: Premium stereo system, CD/Autochanger, memory seating, Trac-Control, power sunroof, air suspension.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Love this car!

I?m getting rid of my 2017 Honda Accord with sensing, and I wanted a reliable car for which I could pay cash. Enter the 1995 LS400 with 140,500 miles. When I bought it I knew the dashboard needed replacing as it wouldn?t light up. $464 to replace (had to do it to get odometer to light up and this get it registered). There are a few minor age related things that will require fixing, but the mechanic says the engine and transmission are as if it was when it drove off the dealers lot in 1995. There are no squeaks or creaks, the leather is in perfect condition, no cracks in the dash, the air runs cold, all the luxury items work except for seat warmers work. I?m hoping this isn?t just temporary, but by all accounts I?m feeling secure!

4.9

185,000K miles and still purrs like a kitten!!!

I'm the proud owner of 3 Lexus vehicles a 94,95,and 03 LS430 but for some strange reason I seem to prefer the 95 400 over the others especially the 430 when it comes to ride and smoothness and serinity of the cabin this thing is almost like being inside a tank on a serta mattress feeling very little road noise it's seems to be better insulated from it and it's the only brand I trust when traveling long distances on those lonely highways in the boonies especially seeing so many other brands DOA on the side of the road dead and the angst and disgusted owners it gives me sense of relived mind knowing I made such wise choices in buy these Japanese land yachts that have out lasted and continues run better than a lot of the latest cars on the market today and that they spend more time on the road than in a repair shop and that's good for my wallet any day in.my book !!!

5.0

Almost perfection from day 1

Driving the 1995 Lexus LS400 is like driving no other.I bought my '95 LS400 on May 26th 1998 and still driving it today.It had 39K miles on it when I bought it.The most comfortable car you can drive.I drove mine from mid Ga. to Gadsden,Al and wasn't even tired when I got there.And loved driving it back. I've had some minor problems with it which is normal for having it this long.But over all,I can't complain.My driver window messed up and am having to replace the rack & pinion and power steering pump but the car has about 230K miles on it which is still low miles for a 22 year old car and under average miles.I've had two accidents in it,not serious and the car is still driving. My 2nd accident,I was so lucky and The Good Lord being with me.I almost hit a phone pole and some pine trees when I went off the road.I got choked on my coffee and started coughing then couldn't breathe and almost passed out.My eyes were closed and couldn't open them when I was choking,went off the road and didn't know it 'til I stopped.I barely tapped a tree in front of me.The coffee had gone down my windpipe. That's why the rack has to be replaced and the steering pump.I hit a culvert and did a General Lee up in the air.I have to get the driver window fixed and the power buttons for the windows to work and the locks.But other than that,she's still rolling right on down the hiway.And I don't plan on ever selling her.We've been through a lot together over 19 years. The car did a great job protecting me in both accidents.Both times,my seat belt was in use.On May 13th 2014,I bought another one.A silver 1999 LS400 with 111,383 miles.Now it has only 135K miles.Not bad for a '99.I may be fixin' to buy an 2003 LS430 soon and sell my '99. I've had about 8 or 9 Lexus's since 1997.The only reason I buy a Lexus is not to show off but because of my back injury in the Army in Vietnam('68-'69) and Ft. Campbell,Ky in 1976.The lumbar support in the driver's seat is so awesome and comfortable on my back.The seat is the reason I can drive long distances and not get tired.The best car that has ever been made in my opinion.The engine and transmission is second to none.

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