2000 Lexus LS 400

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$54,005

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2000 Lexus LS 400

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  • LS

    $54,005

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2000 Lexus LS 400 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The top-of-the-line Lexus sedan bolsters its brakes as the biggest change for 2000. The new Brake Assist feature senses when the driver is making a panic stop and applies maximum braking force faster than the driver’s foot can travel.

The rear-drive LS400 is the most expensive sedan from Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division. With a starting price of around $54,000, it competes with luxury sedans such as the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series, Infiniti Q45, Jaguar XJ8 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class.

Lexus will replace the LS400 for 2001 with a redesigned model powered by a new 4.3-liter V-8 and dubbed the LS430.

Exterior
From some angles, the understated styling of the LS400 makes it look smaller than its 197-inch overall length, which is about the same as the BMW 740i and Jaguar XJ8.

Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, and chromed alloy wheels are optional. This year, buyers who order the chromed version also get a chrome wheel for the full-size spare.

Interior
Interior attractions in the lavishly outfitted LS400 include a dazzling light show every time you turn on the ignition and the bright, colorful electronic gauges spring into action. The interior is trimmed with leather upholstery and California walnut wood.

The Lexus LS400 features an optional navigation system with a 6-inch LCD screen to point you in the right direction.

Adults have ample room to stretch their legs in the outboard seating positions. The middle rear passenger has to straddle the driveshaft tunnel in the rear-drive LS400, making the rear seat better suited for two.

Under the Hood
The LS400 is powered by a smooth, refined 4.0-liter V-8 engine with 290 horsepower. The engine teams with a five-speed automatic transmission that is shared with the GS300/400.

Performance
LS400 sales have slipped as buyers have turned to other luxury sedans, sport utility vehicles and sports cars, many of which offer more excitement, either dynamically or visually. The best things about the LS400 are its impeccable quality and the excellent service Lexus gives its customers.
 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best Car I have ever owned

Awesome car. Both Lexus, Toyota and Pep Boys have told me when it was built it was the best production made in the world that year. $700 below AVERAGE Kelly Blue Book value. I can't see another car being in its class.

4.9

A lot of car for under 5 grand.

I picked my '99 up a few years ago for $1600. After some suspension work, a manual transmission swap and a rebuilt motor, it was better than new. Here's what I like about it: -It's punchy. The 98-2000 model has 300hp, it's about as quick as most much newer v6 muscle cars. 0-60 is in 5.5 seconds out of the box. -It's comfortable. Almost too comfortable. It feels dead to drive, like you could be driving 90 on the freeway and fall asleep kind of comfortable. -The sound system is good out of the box. -It's a fully loaded luxury car, which means power headrests, ashtrays in the back, woodgrain, nice looking dash that looks way newer than the car, very nice quality seats. -Steering is effortless at lower speeds, and stiffer at higher speeds. It's vacuum assisted. -Engine and transmission are very well built on these cars, but that doesn't mean that the accessories and bearings around it don't fail. Things I don't like: -Even though the engines are bulletproof, be wary of valve cover gaskets, timing belt replacement, cam and crank seals, vvti gear o rings, starter usually goes out at 150k and is kind of a pain. -Out of the box it feels very numb. Lots of body roll. Almost feels like driving a giant quick SUV. You could be doing 120 miles per hour, and still feel like you're doing 40. It's like driving a cloud, which is great to some people but I would highly suggest aftermarket suspension to remedy this.

4.9

Reliable comfort while you drive on the clouds

Unbelievable. This car, to me, is very underrated. The exterior styling may not be what Lexus is capable of today, but it has such a refinement. It?s very long body, roomy exterior and plush leather seats will make driving anywhere feel like you?re at home. It?s heavy, and I?d even say it is a land yacht, but don?t be fooled- it is fast. The only issue I ever had with this car was a dead battery and having to change the alternator since it got too cold and wouldn?t start. Other than that, this car gave me everything and then some. If you get one, it will love you back, but you must take care of it. Yes, it takes premium, and the repairs can be costly, but it will last you well over 300,000 miles if you follow regular maintenance and don?t run it into the ground. Even though the exterior isn?t as loud as something you?d find from today, you can purchase a 2000 LS400 today for under $6000 and have a timeless, and fast luxury car that will be dependable.

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