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Car reviews - Lexus - ES - ES300 LXS sedan

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16 May 2001

ES300 is powered by a 3.0-litre quad camshaft V6 V6 produces 149kW at 5200rpm and 290Nm of torque at 4400rpm

The engine produces 10 per cent more torque and 8 per cent more power than the superseded ES300 V6

The engine weighs 151kg, a saving of 30kg on the engine it supersedes

The engine mates to an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission

The ES300 MK2 is offered in two specification levels - the base S and LXS

LXS models get power front seats, leather trim, an in-dash six-stack CD player and alloy wheels

A tilt and slide glass sunroof is the only option

The body has been designed to pass all foreseeable safety standards including offset front and side impacts

Dual airbags and front seatbelt pretensioners are standard

The parking brake system has been designed to be released by the driver's left foot

The drag coefficient has been reduced from 0.32 to 0.29

The window glass filters up to 90 per cent of ultraviolet light and 73 per cent of infra-red light

The independent MacPherson strut suspension has been extensively reworked to improve traction, ride and handling

A longer wheelbase and larger cabin help improve rear legroom by 12mm and provide 13mm more front headroom and a wider rear seat

The seven-speaker audio system includes a large woofer on the rear parcel shelf

The car's chassis is stronger and stiffer but 25kg lighter than the old model

The ES300 was always quiet and Toyota claims this is even more refined. NVH measures include hair felt on the door trims and C- pillar garnishes

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The passenger airbag on the Lexus ES300 uses heated compressed argon gas technology to produce a less aggressive deployment

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