The LS430 is one of the best-scoring luxury sedans we've tested. The cabin is very quiet and comfortable and the controls are intuitive to use. The powertrain is especially refined. The rear-seat area is roomy and very well equipped, especially compared to others in this class. Handling is sound. Overall, the LS430 exhibits a plush, luxurious driving experience, but lacks the exciting feel of a sports sedan -- which it is not.
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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

"Xx"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Lexus LS)

"smooth and powerful, great steering feel"

Elliott Z., TX (2004 Lexus LS)

"Effortless handling, good acceleration when needed"

Patrick O., GA (2004 Lexus LS)

"Amazing acceleration & very good handling on any road."

Donald B., CA (2004 Lexus LS)

"Acceleration is smooth. It is also very quick when needed. The handling is stable even in quick swerves."

Anonymous, AL (2004 Lexus LS)

"Drives smoothly good acceleration quiet and very cfortable"

Martin N., FL (2004 Lexus LS)

"Smooth acceleration and superior handling and overall experience."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus LS)

"reliability and comfort and controlability"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus LS)

"Surefooted, stable, cornering and braking are superb and confidence building."

John M., CA (2004 Lexus LS)

"Great interstate cruising. Definitely not a sports car. Promises luxury and delivers."

Spencer S., SC (2004 Lexus LS)

"Accelerates quickly, responds well to the steering and corners very well."

Michael P., CA (2004 Lexus LS)

"Smoothest car we have ever driven"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Lexus LS)

"It is so smooth. I can afford to buy a new one, but this one drives like it is new. I can't imagine a new one being any better and the size is perfect"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Lexus LS)

"The Lexus LS 430 is the smoothest accelerating car I have ever owned. It is easy to drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic or the open road, Entering fast moving freeway traffic or hitting the passing gear is effortless. The brakes work surprisingly well on dry or wet roads. I always feel in control. It is easy to drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic or the open road"

Daryl A., TX (2004 Lexus LS)

"I have to keep in mind that this is a 13 year vehicle when I say it lacks power. At 280 HP this 4300LBS vehicle sometimes feels sluggish. The ECT sport mode helps off the line but the slight delay controlled by the engine chip that Lexus is known for is an acquired taste that I've not warmed up to. The LS430 is closer to a luxury than a performance vehicle, although the trade off has resulted in better than average reliability."

Dino F., FL (2004 Lexus LS)

"Even for a 2004 model it is impressive."

A M., SC (2004 Lexus LS)

"Very quick for a big car and yet decent highway gas mileage. It will corner quickly with computer controlled stability control system."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus LS)

"accelerates like a rocket and corners exceptionally well. Super brakes"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus LS)

"This vehicle has plenty of power and better than advertised gas mileage on the highway. I feel I have complete control when driving."

W T., VA (2004 Lexus LS)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The front seats are too flat to be comfortable. We added cushions. How can a luxury car not get this right? We've had inexpensive cars that we're fine."

Anonymous, OR (2004 Lexus LS)

"it is the most quiet , most comfortable vehicle I have owned. I have owned several Mercedes and one Cadillac none compares to the Lexus"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus LS)

"extreme comfort for long trips"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Lexus LS)

"Quiet and very comfortable."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Lexus LS)

"Seats are a good fit, readily adjustable, excellent wear, quiet ride"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Lexus LS)

"Easy to enter and exit with high/wide opening, electric seats offer best seating for drivers who are either 6' and 5' tall. Quiet and smooth ride with excellent visibility and few blind spots."

Nancy W., FL (2004 Lexus LS)

"The ride is smooth but solid in quick response. Noise is low, and seats are very comfortable."

Anonymous, AL (2004 Lexus LS)

"with 280k miles,still rides like new, no rattles, no sag in seats and very quiet"

James B., NJ (2004 Lexus LS)

"Like being in my living room"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Lexus LS)

"Ideal car for long distance highway driving. Quiet enough to allow talking without having to raise voices. Seats are comfortable and supportive without being too soft. Car is totally stable and predictable in wind, including crosswinds, or rain."

John M., CA (2004 Lexus LS)

"Seat & ride are great. So is the quiet ride."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Lexus LS)

"Very comfortable to drive and ride. Car is 14 years old but still feels like new. Because it was very advanced when built, still feels up to date"

Spencer S., SC (2004 Lexus LS)

"Most comfortable car I ever had. Long road trips are easy, feel rested when done."

Donald B., CA (2004 Lexus LS)

"seats are comfortable and easily adjustable"

Michael P., CA (2004 Lexus LS)

"With this car being 14 years old it still drives like it did on day one, seats look and feel like new and ride is smooth."

David L., BC (2004 Lexus LS)

"Very comfortable seats, smooth ride, still quiet after 14 years"

Patrick O., GA (2004 Lexus LS)

"Top of line as for seats, noise very quiet and ride very smooth."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus LS)

"wonderful adjustments and comfort seats, very quiet and very smooth ride, lots of power"

Elliott Z., TX (2004 Lexus LS)

"Extremely comfortable seats with a wide variety of positioning options including seat expansion base"

Craig R., OH (2004 Lexus LS)

"most comfortable and competent vehicle I have ever owned"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus LS)

"The engine STILL runs so quietly you almost cannot tell it is on. (A daughter driving it one time even caled because she didn't think it would start and it was running.) And the drive is so very smooth"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Lexus LS)

"The seats are comfortable and interior is very quiet,"

W T., VA (2004 Lexus LS)

"My LS is equipped with sport suspension so it handles corners very well. The only cabin noise comes from the pavement and tires. On new pavement there is virtually no outside sound in the cabin. I have driven long distances and when I exit the vehicle I don't have any driving `hangover'. Seats are heated and air conditioned for comfort. Virtually all things can be set to automatic, cabin temperature, lights, seat position, rear mirror dimming, wipers and cruise control so all I have to do is br..."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus LS)

"Seats are the most comfortable of any vehicle I have owned. The ride is exceptional smooth. Minimum noise while driving."

W H., GA (2004 Lexus LS)

"It is an outstanding smooth, comfortable ride. This particular model year is a dream to drive long distances."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus LS)

"Car is very quiet, very comfortable, and mpg & performance is excellent."

A M., SC (2004 Lexus LS)

"Most comfortable and well built car I have ever driven."

Anonymous, IL (2004 Lexus LS)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Best car I have ever owned"

H B., KS (2004 Lexus LS)
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