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Lexus LS400 combines luxury and quality

If all cars were designed and built like the Lexus LS400, the world would be a happier place. The 400 exudes luxury and quality, an intangible that's hard to price. It's a full size four-door targeted against the best the world has to offer.

The second-generation LS400 incorporates every imaginable feature. Dual airbags, antilock four-wheel power disc brakes, a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/tape player, automatic CFC-free climate control with deodorizing and pollen filtration, speed-sensitive power rack and pinion steering, electric windows, cruise control, tilt/telescope steering, and anti-theft alarms place it in the top echelons of motordom.

Inside, the power leather bucket seats are surprisingly firm and of excellent quality. In back, the three-across bench offers plentiful leg room. The trunk is nicely finished, has a low liftover height, and enormous capacity. There are well equipped first-aid and tool kits, too, along with a full-sized spare.

Glancing around the interior you'll discover a scarcity of analog instrumentation. The dash is faced in polished wood, and the cupholder in this 3,649-pound car is spillproof.

Overall, the Lexus LS400 rates with the best vehicles manufactured. At a base price of $53,400 it's not inexpensive -

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