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E very time Lexus has a preview for a new car, I approachthe with great expectations. debut, the fourth in less a year, was held at the Foxwoods andCasino, a large complex on an Indianreservation where Connecticut laws are powerless to stop of visitors with gambling This resortis surrounded by farmlands and meandering roads, a setting for afirst-time evaluation of a new

For the introduction of the ES 300, Lexus out about a dozenpre-production prototypes so we could see them, drive and kick their tires. production run is the final step a full production automobile fairly representative of the cars will be hitting the showrooms fall.

My first impression is Lexus has raised the bar yet again on anda quiet ride. The new ES 300 to be Best In Class for thosequalities make a Lexus, a Lexus. gaps are even narrower before and the interior trimmings are class. Many new optionsare for the ES that were formerly only for the flagship LS.

These include a new and improvedDVD based system and a superb Mark Audio Package.

Lexus’ Smooth and Quiet ride a zenith with the new LS430. but new ES comes remarkably close, with the excellent Adaptive Suspension (AVS) option, but the standard suspension as well. car is probably the best riding, carin its class with ride motions on every surface that I encountered couple of hours that I drove this car. All plushnessdid not come at the expense of handling either.

Steering control,directional stability and were all first rate.

The ES 300 is, and always has been based on the Camry platform,so many discount it as being just a Toyota. I suspect that the whohold that opinion driven an ES 300. If they they would consider a to be ajunior Lexusinstead.

Behind the of this new car, you get the feeling it was designed from the ground up to be a with few compromises.

The styling on the new ES cues from other inthe Lexus family. The end treatment was taken from the (whichborrowed heavily from Benz); theside windows to have been lifted the GS line; while the front alot like the new SC430. It like Lexus is searching for a beyond the stylized L in the grill (or in the of the ES 300, onthe hood).

Frameless door glass the previous model is gone in ofless wind noise and a cabin (my guess is that played a part inthat as well).

The interior has all the expected and whistles, from the signature instrument cluster tothe automatic temperature control, not to the well-thought-outlayout of the dash. Everything the cup holders to the convenient pursehook on the side of the console has a quality and is placedright where you would it to be. The driver’s seat with its power adjustments and 4-way was both comfortable and supportive.

performance, on the other hand, has not which is a disappointment. The 2002 has the same horsepower andtorque (210 HP 220 lbs ft.) as last Full throttle acceleration was but not exhilarating when comparedwith cars in this class. The 0 to 60 supplied by Lexus was8.1 which was about what I it felt like. This towards the back of the pack in aggressive, performance oriented

On the plus side, the ES 300 now meets the ULEV emissions certification and gets better gas mileage anexpected EPA rating of 21 mpg city and 29 mpg

You won’t feel the limitations of engine during normal Aslong as you don’t floor the throttle response is quite Thisis due to thenew drive-by-wire where the gas pedal controls the throughelectrical signals and a computer of by a cable. The brakes feltstrong and although I couldn’t get too exuberant due to an rain.

Ican, however, vouch for all the skid control systems kept meout of trouble on the roads.

Beside the electronic thebig changes to the powertrain the new super-smooth five-speed automatictransmission. lever for the new automatic runs a through the zigzagtrack so popular on premium cars. The idea of design is toallow you to shift to the next gear up or down overshooting your target. come in handy on winding roads where you oftenshift 2 and 3 in order to take advantage of braking.

The problemis that the 2-3 a common move, is not well andit’s easy to shift 3 and wind up in 4th. The obvious would be tohave the E-shift for full manual control desired, like the ones in the IS300. but Lexustells us that if added that feature, wouldn’t be able to meet the ULEVemissions standard. Besides, the why Lexus has two cars in this is so they could target one sporty driving (the while theother one can be tailored for (the ES300).

Safety include dual-stage front front seat mounted and new side curtain airbags protect the head and upper ofboth front and rear passengers. The driver’s front will detectif a small is driving (by the seat position) and with extra lowforce necessary. Dual-thickness side and reinforced floorpanstructure improve impact protection while seats have improvedwhiplash

Varying metal thicknesses are in the front bodystructure to better and absorb impact energy and the passengerarea from deformation.

All crash protection is fine, but more important to me is theactive features designed to help you an accident in the firstplace. Standard features include 4-sensor, anti-lockbrakes (ABS), Electronic Force Distribution (EBD) and runninglights. Optional features Vehicle Skid Control whichincorporates Brake Assist and Control (TRAC). VSC works the steering wheel position, and inertia in order to determinewhether the car is the path that was intended by the

Ifthe system detects the car is beginning to skid, it will individualbrakes and reduce engine to bring the car back under Butwhile this system can wonders, it can’t disobey the of physics, soyou’ll still to drive sensibly. Sorry to

In the short amount of time I had behind the wheel, I can tell you the smoothness was not at the expense of handling or feel. I found the directional to be first rate while feel was upthere with the of them. I couldn’t really cornering limits since it was the whole day and the roads inthe woods didn’t have just large unforgiving Lexus wouldn’t be very with me if I tested all those air bags on one of theirexpensive prototypes.

I will save the more testing for theproduction car which is due to hit the by October.

I could have more wheel time to my evaluation of this newLexus, but had to pack up the cars and ship to the next pressevent in another of the country. The driving was over, but my to Long Islandwasn’t scheduled to for another three hours, so I into one of the many casino at Foxwoods to seewhat those bandits were like. I sat noticing that they have arms, just

I read the instructions, fished for a dropped itin and was greeted incessant clanging bell. I had won at 400 to 1, meant that my quarterbecame a bucks! Since I am normally not a I decided toquit while I was and I left with a cat who swallowed grin on my face.


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How I improve this car?

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I’ll have more after I get my hands on a production

How does the ES 300 fit yourdriving style?

drivers your dream true, Smooth, comfortable and easy to control and predictable. car is the one to beat.

Sporty drivers throttle is very responsive, well for a car with such a ride, Not as powerful as the other in this class.

Fast Should opt for the Adaptive Variable The firm setting provides car with the character you are looking for as far as goes, but for all around performance, you may be with a Lexus IS300 or an Acura TL Type S.



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