2010 Lexus GS 350 vs. Its Competition

2010 Lexus GS 350 4-door Sedan RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

There’s little doubt that the BMW 5-Series is one of the top rivals that Lexus has in mind with the GS sedans.

The 2010 5-Series is also very tech-focused, and it's now more comfort-oriented than it’s been in the past, though a new 5-Series is on the way for 2011.

Infiniti's M sedans, the M35 and M45, are actually its closest rivals in execution.

Compared to the GS, the M35/45 has a roomier interior but a similar sporty driving feel, with powerful engines and electronic driving aids, although interior noise is a bigger issue on the M than any of these rivals.

Cadillac’s CTS is a little bit smaller and more performance-focused, with excellent handling and performance, as well as a unique interior style.

The Lexus GS models also come across as more performance-oriented than the A6, lining up more closely with the 340-horsepower, V-8-powered S6, which takes on the GS 460.

But the S6 has all-wheel drive, a feature that's not available on the GS 460 (only the 350).

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, recently redesigned, is softer and more comfort-oriented than the 2010 GS.

For the 2010 Lexus GS 450h, its leading rival is likely the Mercedes-Benz E320 BlueTec.

With a clean-diesel engine, the BlueTec gets much better fuel economy than the 450h, and it’s the more fitting choice for long-haul highway driving.

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Respectable performance and top technology make the 2010 Lexus GS 350 and GS 460 worthwhile sport sedans, but low points include a cramped backseat and a GS 450h hybrid model that fails to wow for fuel economy.
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8.0
Whether as a sedan or wagon, the 2010 BMW 5-Series is a distinctly sportier, tech-savvy alternative to luxury rivals-without giving up any comfort.
8.4
The 2010 Cadillac CTS takes an edgy, American approach to European performance-and style, with the stunning CTS Sport Wagon.
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The 2010 Infiniti M sedans reward drivers with Germanic handling and acceleration, though it's hard to pick them out from a crowd.
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The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
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