Lexus Success

The midsize GS 430 is Lexus' best effort yet to prove that its cars are not only well-made but fun to drive as well

Editor's Rating:

The Good: High-tech gadgetry; aggressive new styling, interior, and performance; value

The Bad: High-tech gadgetry, styling still too modest, some chintzy dash materials

The Bottom Line: Lexus' full-court press on its German rivals' territory is shaping up

UP FRONT.

Early in the Japanese luxury brand's life, Lexus lifted a line from Macbeth to describe a forthcoming car, warning lyrically "something wicked this way comes." Like most automotive advertising, the pitch somewhat overstated the case. "Something?" Clearly. "This way comes?" Undoubtedly. "Wicked"? Not exactly.

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