1999 Lexus GS400

  • 1999 Lexus GS400 Base Sedan

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1999 Lexus GS400 Review

Lexus luxury with some power to boot.

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The 1999 Lexus GS400 was completely remade to have a striking new look in the previous model year. Since this was a successful change, the sportier new look was retained in the 1999 model. This is a powerful and agile vehicle that provides a four-liter V-8 engine. It's capable of taking it from zero to 60 mph in under seven seconds. Lexus vehicles are known for its luxury, and it does not disappoint there, and the power and acceleration make it fun to drive.

The Range

Body styles: sedan
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lexus GS400

What's New

The 1999 Lexus GS400's primary changes were floor mats, which are now standard with daytime running lights. Changes and modifications were kept to a minimum since it debuted in 1998.


The 1999 Lexus GS400 maintains a sporty vehicle even though it's not a curvy vehicle. It sits about average, if not a little lower, off the ground, and its nimble side profile gives it a look of forward motion. It receives 16-inch wheels as standard but can be upgraded to 17-inch and 16-inch chrome wheels. For that extra oomph, an optional spoiler is available for the rear of the car.


The 1999 Lexus GS400 can seat up to five people in leather seats. The steering wheel and shift knob are also now covered in leather. While front bucket seats come standard with six-way power control, the driver’s seat memory allows programmed seat positions to be recalled. Both the front and rear windows have one-touch power control, and for a little extra, it can be equipped with an improved sound system or GPS navigation system.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Lexus GS400 gets 300 horsepower behind its rear drive; to say that it knows how to move is a vast understatement. In fact, it has rapid acceleration, reaching from a standstill to 60 mph in seven seconds. Its engine is a solid four-cam four-liter V-8, and with responsive steering, it deftly knows how to handle itself.


The 1999 Lexus GS400 makes sure to include skid control and a Vehicle Control System (VCS) in its list of safety features. The VCS is a pairing of the anti-lock brakes and an all-speed traction control to boost control, while a rear anti-roll bar helps increase stability. Furthermore, side impact airbags are also standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus GS400: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Outstanding power
  • Fun handling
  • Relative bargain
  • Still an image of luxury

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy is low by today’s standards

Sum Up

Lexus luxury with some power to boot.

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