Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs 2012 Lexus LS 460

2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2012 Lexus LS 460
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4-Door Sedan RWD S400 Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S400 Hybrid 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S350 BlueTEC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
4-Door Sedan RWD S550 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S550 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S63 AMG 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
4-Door Sedan RWD S600 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S65 AMG 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
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4-Door Sedan RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 16 24 $62,219 $67,630
4-Door Sedan AWD 16 23 $64,339 $69,935
4-Door Sedan RWD L 16 24 $67,323 $73,175
4-Door Sedan AWD L 16 23 $69,443 $75,480
Pricing
Invoice Price
$85,421
$62,219
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$91,850
$67,630
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1531 / month
$1127 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful. The 2012 Lexus LS sedans combine executive-class interior appointments and long-haul comfort with noteworthy tech features; but driving enjoyment is missing.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
60.8 55.4
Second Leg Room (in)
42.3 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
37.8 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
60.9 55.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 58.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
109.0 103.0
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 43.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.2 63.8
Wheelbase (in)
124.6 116.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 73.8
Track Width, Front (in)
63.1 63.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.75 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
206.5 199.2
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 58.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.4 18.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 x 1.25 13.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.9 12.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 22.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.83 14.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R18 P235/50R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R18 P235/50R18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P235/50R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4630 4244
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 18 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas V8
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
284 @ 2400-5000 367 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 4.6L/281
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
295 @ 6000 380 @ 6400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 16
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.72
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.23 2.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.46
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.59
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.82
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.86
Trans Type
7 8
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 2.17
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.68
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Lexus LS 460
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Multi-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3

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