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2000 Lexus ES300 Review
A very good, solid, luxury sedan.
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The 2000 Lexus ES300 is a front-wheel-drive, luxury sedan that has the basic architecture as its cousin, the Toyota Camry. The two vehicles share several mechanical components. The interior components and body panels of the ES300 are, however, different from the Camry.
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lexus ES300
The 2000 Lexus ES300 dons a new styling for its front-end and boasts redesigned taillights. The side mirrors and the rear view mirror are electrochromatic for better vision at night. The buyer has new colors to choose from for the interior. The memory function for the seat now also takes into account positions of the mirrors. The manufacturer adds new options, such as high-intensity discharge headlamps, 16-inch rims, BrakeAssist, and an air filter. The ES300 now comes standard with anchor brackets for child seats.
The 2000 Lexus ES300 features a redesigned grille that sports a wider frame in chrome. The grille is quite distinct from the older models, as it has two chromed bars instead of black ones. The front bumper has also been refreshed to give it a more aggressive look. The taillights now make use of clear lenses. The sharper stance of the vehicle can be completed with the option alloy rims.
Get into the 2000 Lexus ES300, and drivers will realize that it offers a lot of space even for big adults in the front portion of the cabin. The back seat is ideal for two adults. This model has a more recessed backseat, which allows better rearward visibility. The trunk is quite big and can hold several golf bags. The vehicle also lives true to the tradition of the brand. It boasts a superior finish for its door panels, dashboard, and other interior surfaces. The gauges are electroluminescent and can be clearly seen in the darkest or brightest of environments. The ES300 can automatically adjust the volume on the entertainment system depending on the ambient noise. It also can auto-dim the mirrors for better visibility at night. There also is an option for heated seats.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Lexus ES300 carries a potent engine under its hood. The three-liter, V-6 power plant can give out 210 horsepower. The engine is linked to a four-speed automatic gearbox. Getting to 75 mph is not an issue. The level of vibration and noise in the cabin can be compared to other brands, which offer more expensive rides. The engine mounts are electronically controlled, meaning the they automatically adjust depending on how fast the car is going.
The 2000 Lexus ES300 has a bit of an under steer, which somehow promotes safety. It is a good feedback for drivers to be gentler on the pedal when approaching corners. The steering is still quite responsive when negotiating a twisting road. The car’s solid body structure contributes to a very stable ride. The unibody design limits flex. The suspension system also ensures that all tires are on the ground when dealing with fast cornering. Body lean is not a big problem, as the car remains very predictable, even during quick direction changes. There is an optional Adaptive Variable Suspension that automatically adjusts the shock absorber depending on the condition of the road. The ride is very quiet and feels very luxurious.
The 2000 Lexus ES300 offers standard safety features, such as traction control, anti-lock brakes, front airbags, brake assist technology, and side-impact airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Luxury features
- Potent V-6 engine
You Won't Like
- A lot of features come as options
- No manual transmission
A very good, solid, luxury sedan.
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