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2000 Lexus GS300 Review
Luxury sedan with average power.
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The 2000 Lexus GS300 forms part of the tandem that makes up the GS luxury sedan lineup, alongside the GS400. Both vehicles sit between the flagship LS400 and the ES300. The GS models debuted in 1998 and have since served as the sportier models of the bunch.
The GS 300 offers excellent performance, although it remains slower than its GS400 sibling. This sport sedan lives up to its reputation and comes packed with features for those who want to mix comfort and the need for speed.
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lexus GS300
Like the GS400, the 2000 Lexus GS300 has not received major revisions. Designers only incorporate the BrakeAssist system and the anchor brackets for the child seat as standard issues. The Alpine Silver Metallic finish also comes to an end. The model year offers a new body finish called Millennium Silver Metallic and Crystal White.
The designers of the GS models aim to inject some excitement into the 2000 Lexus GS300. It looks quite exceptional and stays on par with competing European brands.
Every angle of the car shows how the vehicle wants to make a statement. The hood towards the nose slopes down. Its roofline arches a bit as it goes to the broad deck at the tail end. Chrome accents surround the windows forming a good contrast against the black posts.
Walking in front, the headlamps come shaped like footballs and curve up towards the fender. The huge, multi-lens tail lamps on the opposite end also catch attention. The lower portion of the rear fascia shows a racecar-inspired tailpipe. Lexus provides an option to install a rear spoiler to up the ante in the aerodynamics department.
When you step inside the GS300, you’ll notice that the designers are very generous with the leather and wood treatment. The dashboard marks another fun element of design. It turns out that every time you start the engine, the instrument panels can be likened to a colorful light show. The gauges have an interesting backlight setup with black markings floating on white dials.
The basic controls for the entertainment and climate system have a functional layout. Everything sits within easy reach. The vehicle comes equipped with a sensor for air pollution that automatically activates the recirculation mode when the outside environment seems too polluted.
The navigation system is optional and comes with a six-inch LCD touchscreen. This package also gives you heated seats, high-intensity discharge headlights, and heated mirrors.
The windows and the moonroof open with the flick of a switch. They also have sensors that warn the driver if anything blocks the car’s path.
The C-pillars and the headrests of the back seat partially block the rearward view.
The trunk offers about 14.8 cubic feet of storage, which falls in line with similar vehicles.
Performance & Handling
The GS300 sports an inline six-cylinder engine that produces 220 hp. It blasts from zero to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds The top speed reaches an electronically limited 144 mph. This sedan seems tamer than its GS400 brother but also comes cheaper.
The engine links with a five-speed automatic transmission. The gears can shift manually by bringing the shifter the M (which stands for manual) next to the D (drive) marking. Once on the manual position, the driver can manually upshift or downshift. It also has gear controls next to the steering wheel, which obviously takes inspiration from the Formula 1 cars.
The good acceleration in the 2000 Lexus GS300 comes packaged with very responsive steering.
The 2000 model comes standard with BrakeAssist. This technology aids the car to stop quicker in emergency braking situations. It also assists the car to stop if the driver does not step on the brakes hard enough. BrakeAssist works well with the anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Skid Control, and electronic traction control.
Other standard safety provisions for the 2000 Lexus GS300 include front airbags, side-impact airbags, seat belt force limiters and pretensioners, side-impact beams, and a steering column that may collapse during violent crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good acceleration
- Luxury build
- Fine-quality materials
- Sporty look
You Won't Like
- Mediocre fuel economy
- Navigation system and its controls
Luxury sedan with average power.
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