1998 Lexus LS400

  • 1998 Lexus LS400 Base Sedan

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      4.0L V8
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1998 Lexus LS400 Review

A dependable, no-frills luxury vehicle.

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The 1998 Lexus LS400 debuted in September of 1989 as part of the second generation and experienced strong sales, eventually launching the brand’s success. This car put Lexus on the map because it showcased the company’s ability to build a high-quality luxury automobile.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lexus LS400

What's New

The 1998 Lexus LS400 received countless improvements including its brand new five-speed transmission, Vehicle Skid Control (VSC), and a new engine. A brand new four-liter four-cam aluminum V-8 is included with every new 1998 model sold. This is Lexus’ first ever application of continuously variable valve timing on its new V-8 engine. The engine has been upgraded to now feature a 290-horsepower engine, which delivers 300 lb-ft of torque. Interior improvements include an optional touch screen with a hard drive for continual map updates.


Available exclusively in the 1998 Lexus LS400 base model, it comes standard with alloy wheels gives the car a great sleek, modern look. Intermittent windshield wipers and power heated mirrors provide any driver the best visibility despite the weather.


Inside the 1998 Lexus LS400, ample leg room (36.9 inches) and shoulder room (57.1 inches) gives everyone the ability to sit in the back with ease and comfort. Bucket seats with leather covering provide both passenger and driver alike with the ultimate in soft seating and comfort for short or long rides.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Lexus LS400 model now comes standard with a brand new four-cam eight-cylinder engine that is built with continuously variable valve timing. This new system enables the car to go from zero to 60 mph is less than 6.5 seconds.


The 1998 Lexus LS400 earned a ""good"" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for frontal offset test crash trials. It has a bevy of traction safety features including driver and passenger front airbags along with front side airbags that provide incredible cushioning and impact resistance during an accident. More safety features include four-wheel anti-lock braking system, fog lights, a collapsible steering column, and side impact door beams to increase safety during a crash. There is a standard remote entry locking system on all vehicles.

EPA Fuel Economy

1998 Lexus LS400: 17/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • The bevy of interior improvements
  • An improved powertrain
  • The comprehensive and updateable navigation system

You Won't Like

  • Its lack of sport appeal
  • Heavy price tag

Sum Up

A dependable, no-frills luxury vehicle.

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