1997 Lexus ES300

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1997 Lexus ES300 Review

Entry-level luxury sedan with sufficient power, comfort, and style.

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The 1997 Lexus ES300 is a front-drive, four-door sedan that is considered to be much less impressive than other automobiles churned out by Lexus. However, this year’s model has gotten sufficient upgrades to keep it at a grade above satisfactory. Drivers will not to be disappointed in its ability to move swiftly, and a rock-solid list of convenience and standard safety features further add to its credibility. Furthermore, passengers will get the satisfaction of a comfortable ride with plenty of room.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lexus ES300

What's New

The 1997 Lexus ES300 has a completely updated design, which includes larger dimensions inside and out and an engine with more horsepower and torque.


The 1997 Lexus ES300 has approximately a 190-inch length, 71-inch width, 55-inch height, and 105-inch wheelbase. It features body-colored front and rear bumpers, chrome trim around its side windows, front fog lights, a solar-reflective windshield, and tinted glass. A power moon roof is optional on this 3296-pound car and sits on 15-inch alloy wheels.


The interior of the 1997 Lexus ES300 is roomy enough to fit five passengers. In the front, there are two cloth power bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by an armrest, covered storage box, and two cup holders. Pockets in the doors and bins on the seats make for easy storage, and the dash is made up of logically-arranged gauges for clear readability. Controls are placed conveniently for easy use. In the rear, there is a cloth bench seat with an armrest in the center. It also features power windows and locks, automatic climate control, front reading lights, and a seven-speaker AM/FM stereo with a cassette player. Optional equipment includes leather seating and a CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Lexus ES300 comes packed with a three-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 200 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission. It has swift acceleration and passes easily on a two-lane road. Zero to 60 mph can be accomplished in under nine seconds, and top speed is 137 mph.

The 1997 Lexus ES300 is built with an independent strut front and rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. It is equipped with an Active Variable Suspension (AVS) system, which provides greater stability by making appropriate adjustments based on vehicle speed, road conditions, and steering input. Handling is a bit soft at times, but a marked improvement over last year’s model. Variable assist rack-and-pinion steering system assists the driver in having precise control of the car at all times.


The 1997 Lexus ES300 is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. Driver and front passenger front-impact airbags and an anti-theft alarm system are included. An optional traction control feature improves handling.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus ES300: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Built tough
  • Comfortable ride
  • Roomy interior

You Won't Like

  • Poor rear visibility

Sum Up

Entry-level luxury sedan with sufficient power, comfort, and style.

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