This flagship of Toyota's luxury division was redesigned and renamed for 2001. A revamped 290-hp, 4.3-liter V8 led to a name change from LS400 to LS430. The old car was one of the slickest, smoothest, and quietest made, and the new LS430 is quicker and handles slightly better. The ride is serene in an ultra-hushed cabin furnished with high-quality interior details.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The car lags when at a stop and then accelerating which can be problematic. Car handle really well."

Anonymous, CO (2001 Lexus LS)

"Great handling in all kinds of weather. Good acceleration."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Lexus LS)

"crazy acceleration for a large car. Tight turning radius. Excellent handling."

Russell O., OH (2001 Lexus LS)

"0 to 60 in 6.2 seconds for a car of 2 tons. Will handel almost as well as our Corvette in turns with 4 wheel independent suspension. Turning radius is that of a small car and better than the our Corvette."

Bill D., FL (2001 Lexus LS)

"The V-8 and suspension drive like they do the day I bought the car. It is a powerful car with the handling to match."

Aaron V., CA (2001 Lexus LS)

"Acceleration is excellent. The car is stable in turns, and doesn't require constant steering inputs to counteract changing roll, whether in regular or "sport" setting for the suspension."

Lawrence W., CA (2001 Lexus LS)

"The Lexus acceleration and handling are so OUTSTANDING that I feel very safe driving in this older vehicle."

Claire L., CA (2001 Lexus LS)

"Turns on a dime. Easy to drive. excellent acceration"

K W., NC (2001 Lexus LS)

"The total package of smooth responsive acceleration and handling along with great noise isolation. This Lexus LS430 has the optional and somewhat rare sport suspension and it a wonderful feature which improves handling but not at the expense to ride."

Gary D., CA (2001 Lexus LS)

"The Lexus is a gentleman, responsive to your every move."

Anonymous, NC (2001 Lexus LS)

"OUTSTANDING ACCELERATION - SMOOTH & PREDICTABLE"

M K., NJ (2001 Lexus LS)

"Great engine and suspension"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Lexus LS)

"What I said for my other Lexus applies here."

Norm N., AZ (2001 Lexus LS)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Excellent and. Above specter on all points"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Lexus LS)

"It remains as plush and comfortable as the day I bought it."

Anonymous, VA (2001 Lexus LS)

"The most comfortable and quietest Automobile I have ever owned . Been driving since 1939 and have owned Dodge, 1933; Dodge 1949, Olds, Buick, Cadillac, Humber, Ford, etc"

Richard H., VA (2001 Lexus LS)

"This ancient sedan is still the most comfortable car I know."

Aaron V., CA (2001 Lexus LS)

"It is the quietest car I have ever been in. There is very little wind, engine or road noise. Seats are very comfortable. The air suspension adjusts for changes in load, and doesn't bottom out on big dips or steep driveways."

Lawrence W., CA (2001 Lexus LS)

"excellent support . no fatigue on long trips."

Russell O., OH (2001 Lexus LS)

"As close to my living room seating."

Bill D., FL (2001 Lexus LS)

"The seats adjustment options are OUTSTANDING ! The noise level is so quite, I sometimes think that the engine is not on, and the ride is smooth, the engine is very responsive."

Claire L., CA (2001 Lexus LS)

"Suspension is not great - bumpy ride which has become worse with car's age. Car us very quiet,"

Anonymous, CO (2001 Lexus LS)

"At 17 years of age, the Lexus is as quiet and tight as it was when it rolled off the showroom floor. Responsive and has one of the tightest turn radius of any car, especially of its size."

Anonymous, NC (2001 Lexus LS)

"A dream to drive and as comfortable as your home sofa. Turns on a time. Very quiet and you hear no road noise. Feels like you are floating down the road."

K W., NC (2001 Lexus LS)

"The comfort of this vehicle is exceptional in terms of seats, very low noise level, butter smooth ride and overall refinement."

Gary D., CA (2001 Lexus LS)

"extremely quiet ride with comfortable seats. However my wife doesn't like the seats as they are not able to get flat enough to make it comfortable enough for her."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Lexus LS)

"Quiet,comfortable and smooth. Excellent on long trips."

Mary R., AL (2001 Lexus LS)

"Ride is smooth, seats are great and the car runs quite. The engine has a lot of power and gets about 24 mpg om freeway."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Lexus LS)

"Quiet at all speeds, seats comfortable, ride steady"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Lexus LS)

"The LS satisfies my wife's back & hip issues."

William D., FL (2001 Lexus LS)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"The car has performed well with only 1 major repair (transmission this year) in 16 years and over 196,000 miles."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Lexus LS)

"This has been a fabulous car. The cost was a stretch in purchase, but it has saved many thousands because I didn't (don't) want to change it. It's so comfortable, so easy to drive, yet so responsive with quick acceleration and brakes on a dime. Even the mileage is good for such a large, 8-cylinder vehicle. I feel very safe in it."

Arnold L., TX (2001 Lexus LS)
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