Motorweek: 1993 Luxury Car Comparison

The latest in Youtube user bajabusta‘s trip down the Motorweek memory lane is this comparison test between the Lexus LS 400, BMW 740i, Mercedes 400E, Infiniti Q45 & Cadillac STS, divided into two parts:

The Mercedes 400E seemed out of place in the comparison until some research showed that a 1993 S-Class started at $69,900, $13,500 over the most expensive car here (which, ironically, is the Mercedes 400E).

Considering that fifteen years have passed since these cars were brand new, it still amazes me just how timeless that first LS design really is. The rest of these cars have a very dated look.


Bonus: One other Motorweek segment of note is this footage from the 1992 Tokyo Motor Show, which shows a brief look at the newly introduced Toyota Aristo (otherwise known as the first-gen Lexus GS 300):



  1. Great find!!! MotorWeek was very magnanimous in rendering an even judgment and finding the final four sedans about even—although several other comparos (C&D, Automobile, CR, etc.) found the LS 400 tops. 

    And yes, the styling of the LS 400 still looks great today!

  2. IMO the LS looks quite dated as well. Not so visible with the dark color on this one, but with lighter upper body color, the gray lower body color looks very old. Actually I find the Cadillac the least dated, as its edgy design is not that far from some more recent cars.

  3. Pond: I’ll admit to some bias, considering I drive a ‘94 LS 400, (even though most people don’t believe it’s 15 years old). As for the Cadillac STS, I’d agree that it stands up well. The dated look is especially noticeable with the Mercedes and Infiniti.

  4. They silver of your car looks quite good. My neighbor has white -93 with gold badges, and that one looks more dated. He also has a -83 Porsche 911 looking more up to date. But I guess that relates to the fact that Porsche only do small changes every year and keep the shape easily recognisable, while especially the Mercedes, but also many of the other cars in this review have been through major upgrades at least twice, going from the boxy design of these, via the soap bar shapes of the nineties to the multicurved, profiled “flame surface” designs of today. While Lexus did less dramatic changes. Which I think is good, as doing huge changes may alienate the customers that won’t upgrade right away, as they are suddenly stuck with an “old” car.

    I still remember really liking the Ford Mondeo that came in 93-94, but looking at it now, my-oh-my it is a car from another century…

  5. That’s the truth, there’s certainly some color combinations that look more modern than others, and white/silver with gold badging would have a hard time passing that test.