The Lexus LS 400 is the ultimate Japanese luxury car. And to Baby Boomers -- who came of age in Corollas, Camrys, Civics and Accords -- it may be the ultimate luxury car, period Aiming between prestigious European sedans and traditional American cars, Toyota's luxury division created an elegant luxury car that is just what many upwardly mobile Boomers want The LS 400 offers a quieter, more comfortable ride than firmly damped German luxury cars. It offers a more compact size and better handling than its American counterparts. The LS 400 may not provide quite the handling response of a BMW 5-Series or Mercedes E-Class on a winding mountain road, but it's close -- closer than any Cadillac or Lincoln. And the Lexus LS 400 is unmatched for quality, durability and reliability The biggest change for '98 is under the hood, where sharp engineering has created a more powerful engine. But the LS 400 also gets a sportier, more aggressive look, along with some high technology The LS 400 now tops $53,000 and ours reached $60,640. No car has seen its price escalate as quickly as the LS 400's during the '90s. On the other hand, it offers world-class quality and comfort.