2006 Lexus LS 430 4.3L V8 from North America
Simply amazes me each day.
Ever since the LS400 was released, I always dreamed of having Lexus LS. My wife drove a 2001 RX300 for 490K miles and basically wanted something newer. I found this car at my local Lexus dealer with 45K miles on it via a trade in. I inspected the car and found zero issues as it was a cream puff.
For starters the comfort is tops. On long trips it really shines as you are not sore or stiff at all. The gas mileage this car gets truly amazes me to this day. This is a heavy car with very good performance. In the city it gets no less than 25 MPG. I am a 10-12 mph over the speed limit driver on the highway. It consistently gets 28-29 MPG. There are newer, much smaller cars that can't achieve these numbers. This car still has one of the lowest drag coefficient numbers around. Lexus incorporated this into so many areas. Example being if the wheels are off the ground and you spin the wheel it will literally spin for 30 seconds as the friction is extremely low. This all adds up in the efficiency.
The performance is more than you will need in 99% of situations. 0-60 in 6.3 seconds is outstanding for the size and weight of this car.
The reliability is outstanding as well. Besides the cupholder spring and the subwoofer failure, everything else is like day one. The car is still extremely tight, no squeaks, rattles etc.
This car will always be regarded as one of the top vehicles ever produced when it comes to reliability, comfort and longevity.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th September, 2023
11th Sep 2023, 21:04
The EPA city rating for this car was 16 MPG.
But YOU get "no less than 25 MPG"?
Guess those EPA drivers have a lead foot... or someone drives like a granny.
12th Sep 2023, 17:41
12th Sep 2023, 19:51
Maybe it had an engine swap. Has almost 300k miles. May not be the original engine.
12th Sep 2023, 21:06
Well, they do go 10 - 12 MPH over the limit on the highway. Maybe they drive like a granny only in the city.
12th Sep 2023, 22:22
It's not just that - "in city driving." I can, at a stretch, somehow believe it can achieve 25 MPG at speeds below 60 MPH despite the engine size, but the road would need to be perfectly flat, the gearbox must be at its highest possible gear for the lowest speed it can handle... but it's stop and go that kills the fuel economy. Which city has these ideal road conditions?