First introduced in the U.S. in 1990, Lexus marketed the ES as an entry-level luxury sedan. The car was redesigned in 1992 and Lexus changed its name from the ES250 to the ES300. In 1998, Lexus once again introduced a new ES300, which features a brand new, updated drivetrain.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lexus ES300
The new, 1998 Lexus ES300 has side-impact airbags and an engine immobilizer with its anti-theft system. The updated front airbags use reduced force. Additionally, the ES300 now offers an optional Nakamichi audio system. Overhead storage, automatic headlights, and exterior glass that reduces ultra violet rays mark some notable new features as well.
The 1998 Lexus ES300 comes in one body style, the sedan. The body comes in one piece, featuring colored bumpers on the front and the rear, giving this luxury sedan a clean, sleek look. Headlights on the ES300 sedan use multi-reflecting surfaces with automatic on and off functioning. Ultra violet rays get reduced by the car’s protective, exterior glass; the windshield wipers have variable speeds with mist control.
The 1998 Lexus ES300’s interior features 10-way power with lumbar support on the driver’s seat and eight-way power on the passenger seat. Rear armrests make passengers more comfortable, and the trunk is conveniently accessible from the interior of the car. Several storage compartments throughout the cabin provide plenty of space for various personal items. Seating is comfortable and roomy. Interior materials are high-quality and visually pleasing.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Lexus ES300 models come with a three-liter, 24-valve, V-6 aluminum engine. A MacPherson strut suspension improves the car’s handling through all four wheels. Front and rear stabilizer bars and a four-speed automatic transmission with electronic control both come standard on the 1998 Lexus ES300.
Standard safety features include a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, an anti-theft alarm system, and daytime running lights. The 1998 Lexus ES300 comes with daytime running lights, front airbags on the driver and passenger sides, side airbags on the front, and fog lights. This luxury sedan offers child safety locks, a collapsible steering column, and side-impact door beams to increase safety during a crash. A remote entry locking system comes standard on all vehicles. The ES300 earns a five-star safety rating in front side-impact collisions and four-star safety ratings in passenger, driver, and rear side-impact collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lexus ES300 Base: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Numerous standard safety features
- Automatic climate control
- Storage capabilities
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Cup holders do not feel sturdy
Entry- level Lexus luxury.
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