While Lexus presses a hybrid strategy to save fuel, its competition takes several different tacks to get to the same goal.
At Audi and BMW, small turbocharged four-cylinder engines are installed in the mid-size A6 and 5-Series to boost fuel economy while maintaining mid-size dimensions.
The Infiniti M35h is a hybrid like the Lexus, but a more aggressive one with a larger battery that's able to operate in electric-only mode at higher speeds.
Finally, there's the Mercedes-Benz E Class, which in E350 BlueTEC form, has a turbodiesel engine with lofty fuel economy numbers that hit hybrid-like levels using just the latest clean-diesel fuel.
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|2013 Lexus GS 450hBrowse Used Listings||2013 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2013 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2013 INFINITI M35hBrowse Used Listings||2013 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|32 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas/Electric V6||Gas V6|
|Mid-Size||Midsize Cars||Mid-Size||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Hybrid||4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||35h 4-Door Sedan RWD Hybrid||4-Door Sedan E 350 Luxury RWD *Ltd Avail*|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2013 Lexus GS 450h vs. 2013 Audi A6||2013 Lexus GS 450h vs. 2013 BMW 5-Series||2013 Lexus GS 450h vs. 2013 INFINITI M35h||2013 Lexus GS 450h vs. 2013 Mercedes-Benz E Class|