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

"Always feel safe in this car, in ice, snow, rain, whatever. Handles like a dream, solid and heavy on the pavement, but when you hit the gas, this baby GOES! No worries when passing."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Lexus LS)

"Very fast car, when needed. Excellent handling, especially for a soft-riding car."

Anonymous, TN (2005 Lexus LS)

"Fully satisfied"

Edgar H., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"excellent CAR, DRIVES EXCEPTIONALLY WELL--FUN"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Lexus LS)

"Superior acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Lexus LS)

"This Lexus handles very well with almost no road noise. Very steady and well grounded car. Nothing I have ever driven before drives like a Lexus."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Lexus LS)

"The engine runs quiet and handles great."

CHARLES M., KY (2005 Lexus LS)

"This car is quiet, responsive, comfortable"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus LS)

"acceleration is good, handling is good"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Driving this Lexus is like riding on a cloud. My wife just loves this car - she loves everything about this car."

ROY L., WI (2005 Lexus LS)

"the styling is time less, and creature comfort is amazing, and a lot of power.and it never breaks down"

MARK S., AZ (2005 Lexus LS)

"Praise for V-8 engine..loafs @ 2000 RPM @ 70 MPH. and gets 25-27 MPG on the highway. Newer cars with smaller engines must work harder, deliver less, and wear more. Will put V-8 engine vehicles on short list for next car."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Since I bought this vehicle the alignment has never been adjusted (though it has been checked 3 times), the acceleration has never faulted, and many of my passengers have commented on the smoothness of the ride."

ANDREW S., OH (2005 Lexus LS)

"Easy comfortable driving"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus LS)

"The smoothest and most comfortable ride of any car I have ever owned."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"excellent acceleration and somewhat less than a sports car handling"

Richard M., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"I previously had a 2000 LS that rode just as well, but the handing of my 2005 LS handles much better than the 2000 LS."

Anonymous, TN (2005 Lexus LS)

"Very comfortable car will drive several more years"

Marvin T., OK (2005 Lexus LS)

"Very smooth handling and powerful acceleration when needed. As a large luxury car, this one is a dream to handle. It also has a very tight turning radius that smaller cars can’t necessarily equal."

Anonymous, NM (2005 Lexus LS)

"Smooth!"

Zoe F., TN (2005 Lexus LS)

"Very powerful engine, it can "jump" if necessary. Easy steering."

Agnes U., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"The acceleration is there when you need it to get out of someones way. Braking saved a person who zoomed out to cross the 3 lanes only to have to stop blocking my lane. There was traffic in the other 2 lanes so my only option was to "stand" on the brake pedal."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus LS)

"Good at everything"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Lexus LS)

"Ride & handling"

Tony M., TN (2005 Lexus LS)

"Actually it's kind of hot rod. When I "put my foot down" it feels like the "good ol' days" driving my 1967 427 Chevy."

Tom D., OR (2005 Lexus LS)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Superb even after all these years."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Lexus LS)

"Comfortable seats. Wide range of view. Handling and response are v. good."

Anonymous, AR (2005 Lexus LS)

"Seats do not support your back or legs. Lumbar support I too soft."

Anonymous, IN (2005 Lexus LS)

"This is just about a perfect car. Great for road trips; so solid and comfortable and quiet."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Lexus LS)

"superior performance after 12 years and 95000 miles. Amazing."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Lexus LS)

"Adjusting the driving position is excellent, for large and small drivers. The noise level is low, you can't hear the motor run with the audio system on and the car in park"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"This is the most comfortable and quiet car we have ever owned. We use it for all long trips unless we need the capabilities of our other car (Toyota 4 runner)."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Very smooth and competent ride--the best car in that regard i've ever owned. Absolutely no mechanical problems except for tires, batteries, belts, etc."

G K., TX (2005 Lexus LS)

"Firm, supportive, comfortable seats. Great ride. Quiet."

Anonymous, TN (2005 Lexus LS)

"Seats are very comfortable. Quietest car I've ever ridden in. Ride is smooth the controled"

R G., WA (2005 Lexus LS)

"With over 200,000 miles it is still a very comfortable and reasonably quiet ride, Still has great acceleration overall I don't want to get rid of it, because it drives as well as newer vehicles but, doesn't have many of the features of the last 10 years."

Stephen B., GA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Very comfortable, reliable. Loaded, thoughtfully equipped. Fun to drive, quiet, great sound system."

Edgar H., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Quiet and fun to drive"

ANDRE D., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Heat & a/c works faster in my 2005 Suburban than my Lexus. Radio in Suburban gets better reception than this Lexus. Ride is incredibly smooth. Nice plus during an illness. Still beautiful design. Very quiet inside car. Door locks very expensive to repair/replace."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus LS)

"The car delivers a very smooth and quiet ride compared to other vehicles that I have driven. All leather interior makes it easy to clean, the drive train has never failed or faulted, the front alignment has never been out, and the acceleration is more than adequate."

ANDREW S., OH (2005 Lexus LS)

"has every extra available, there is only 4 option which is easy to shop for.and very simple"

MARK S., AZ (2005 Lexus LS)

"Smooth as silk ride!"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Lexus LS)

"The LS430 is a very smooth, quiet and comfortable car. The seat adjustments, including with heating and cooling of the seats make long trips easy."

Anonymous, MN (2005 Lexus LS)

"The Lexus LS is fast, smooth, quiet, safe, and reliable."

STEVEN M., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Seats, easy to get in and out."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Best I have ever owned"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Lexus LS)

"The seat are getting hard (not much cushion left) Even as new they were a bit stiff"

Robert Z., MI (2005 Lexus LS)

"Excellent, better than any other car I have experienced."

James H., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Seats have lost their form and are no longer comfortable on long trips."

Anonymous, IN (2005 Lexus LS)

"I bought this car used, 3 years old. This car was very comfortable and easy to drive. The interior noise level was very low which allowed you to enjoy the sound system. The quiet cabin also helped reduce stress on long drives and made it easier to speak with others in the car."

Anonymous, MA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Luxury drive at all times in all ways"

Zoe F., TN (2005 Lexus LS)

"A most comfortable cruising car."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Riding in the car is so serene. Seats are very comfortable, ride is compliant and smooth, and the noise level is library like. The car is now 13 years old, and I don't want to get rid of it."

Stephen Q., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"There is no other vehicle that is as comfortable riding in than my Lexus. Long rides do not tire me out."

Anonymous, TN (2005 Lexus LS)

"The body style is classic, seat adjustment and comfort are excellent. The interior is still super quiet."

Scott P., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"The quiet and ride are unsurpassed."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Lexus LS)

"The seats are very supportive, the ride is smooooth and quiet, and not tiring even after a log ride."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Lexus LS)

"To quote my wife whose car it is "it's like driving in your living room."

Richard M., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Very comfortable seats, smooth ride."

Agnes U., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"great seats, comfortable, easily adjustable"

Erwin K., FL (2005 Lexus LS)

"Rise, quiet"

Goodmansen R., WA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Seats are very comfortable for long rides, heated and cooled seats are great as well as lumbar support."

Anonymous, BC (2005 Lexus LS)

"quite, very comfortable"

Charles G., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Comfortable seats & ride-also very quiet"

John M., GA (2005 Lexus LS)

"This is by far the most comfortable vehicle that I have ever driven. We can drive for long periods of time without becoming uncomfortable. Excellent cruising machine!"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Lexus LS)

"Comfortable, quiet ride"

Anonymous, IN (2005 Lexus LS)

"Seats are extremely comfortable. Ride is excellent, and I originally purchased this car because my husband was having back problems"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Lexus LS)

"The low noise level in the cabin while driving"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Extremely comfortable and quiet. I have to check the tach to make sure the engine is on."

Tom D., OR (2005 Lexus LS)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Problem free for 12 years and 81000 miles"

G K., TX (2005 Lexus LS)

"It's a great car.Over the years I have owned three Lexus autos and have always been pleased."

J F., CT (2005 Lexus LS)

"BEST ONE I EVER PWNED"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Trouble free, just have to do regular maintenance.... reliable!"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"relability"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Very good cars. Best ones we ever had"

LEE C., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Better value then any other luxury car I have experienced."

James H., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Best Car I've ever owned. 100% Reliability, great mileage, comfort and ride."

Alan H., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

"Great value if you keep the car for a long period of time."

Erwin K., FL (2005 Lexus LS)

"Best car I ever owned! No problems at all. Great service. Quality is awesome. Ride is best ever. Handling & excelleraion is fantastic. A classy looking car."

Tony M., TN (2005 Lexus LS)

"Had the car for 13 yrs and have not had a single major repair."

Steve W., FL (2005 Lexus LS)

"This auto is 13 years old & is perfect in all regards. Reliability is superb. Comfort, styling, appearance, ride are all superb. Driving experience while not as snappy as a M-B, is safe & relaxing. This is a superb value -- a reliable vehicle that is maintenance simple & enjoyable to own."

Philipp L., CA (2005 Lexus LS)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Perfect size and appearance..."

J F., CT (2005 Lexus LS)

"Elegant and bold."

JOHNNIE O., FL (2005 Lexus LS)

"It's 11 years old but still looks good compared to the newer cars"

JOHN M., GA (2005 Lexus LS)
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