|Reviewed By||Paul Duchene|
|Price as Tested||$58,334|
Toyota finally changes GS design from Guigaro’s 1988 Geneva show car—the Jaguar Buckingham (Jag turned it down). Smooth, 300-hp V8 has six-speed automatic, smart handling dynamics and serious ticket potential. Cherry wood trim nice interior touch, navigation system simple, rain-sensing wipers almost get it right, crackerjack Levinson stereo. Reversing camera fun. Candy apple red paint best yet on production car.
Interior fan blows insistently on auto. Push-start button means key fob now a nuisance. Parking warning is intrusive: if you’re that clueless, stay home. Raising roof/trunk line loses grace of Mercedes CLS, yet still no back seat. Paint match seems off on rear bumper.
Toyota design committees are still struggling to combine wedge and teardrop shapes. This has unhappy Prius echoes. Feels like $50K, costs near $60K, won’t ever be collectible. Good company car. Better yet, buy an LS 430.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Dec 19, 2005