The 1997 Lexus LS400 is the company’s flagship full-size luxury sedan, which was introduced in 1995. While 90 percent of the car’s composition had been either redesigned or revised, it looks practically identical to its predecessor. However, Lexus opted to solidify brand identity by sticking with a familiar and recognizable look.
Truth be told, the old LS400 was not really broken and really didn’t need much improvement at all. The wheelbase is slightly longer than the original but other specifications stayed roughly the same. Power enhancements come in the form of a four-liter V-8 engine with 260 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Additional modifications created better sound insulation, body structure, suspension, and the braking system. It's also a little better than its predecessor on fuel economy.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lexus LS400, Lexus LS400 Coach Edition
The 1997 Lexus LS400 gets standard side impact airbags. In a partnership with the renowned leather company Coach, has also introduced a limited production LS400 Coach Edition with a customized interior.
The 1997 Lexus LS400’s exterior is distinguished by its strong, pronounced, dignified look, characterized by its sharp-looking creases and folds, and its subtle edges. Still, some find the exterior styling to be somewhat bulky and conservative. It rides on a wheelbase of 112.2 inches, is 196.7 inches in length, 72 inches wide, and 56.5 inches tall. At a curb weight of 3726 pounds, this four-door sedan is far from light but can’t really be classified as heavy either. It also has full independent suspension, rack and pinion steering, and 16-inch tires.
The 1997 Lexus LS400 can seat up to five people with an extended wheelbase that makes the interior much roomier with ample leg, head, shoulder, and hip room. Even the backseat passengers have some extra legroom at 37 inches. The longer wheelbase has also made trunk space ample. The leather seats are very comfortable, although be mindful that any sharp object in a back pocket can easily slice through the upholstery. The front bucket seats are power adjustable and even the lumbar support can be adjusted to individual preference.
The 1997 Lexus LS400 provides controls, switches, and buttons that are all logically placed and easy to read, day or night. The burned wood interior trim is attractive and not overdone. It comes with standard air-conditioning, cruise control, tachometer, tilt steering, automatic driver and passenger climate control, power windows and locks, alloy wheels, an AM/FM radio with cassette player, leather seats, and power adjustable driver and passenger front seats. Options include a CD changer, heated front seats, power moon roof, a Nakamichi stereo system, and a power adjustable driver seat with memory.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Lexus LS400 is equipped with a 260-horsepower four-liter V-8 engine that's simultaneously smooth and exhilarating. The overall quality of the ride is still great, and the low to non-existent noise level is unmatched. It also has excellent visibility, and the TRAC system makes it a decent performer in inclement weather.
The 1997 Lexus LS400 comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, and front side airbags. There are no available NHTSA crash test ratings at this time, and the IIHS crash test gave an overall ""good"" rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lexus LS400: 19/25 mpg city/highway
- Very smooth ride
- Comfortable seating
- Nice sound system
- Overall performance
- Extremely quiet with minimal noise
You Won't Like
- Conservative look
- Somewhat dull
Perfection on wheels.
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