2011 Lexus LS 460 vs. Its Competition

2011 Lexus LS 460 4-door Sedan L RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Lexus LS is an exquisitely built throwback—a soft-riding luxobarge in a class of nimbler, more performance-minded four-doors.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series have V-8 thrust in base models, bespoke interiors, high-performance editions, and new hybrid models (as well as diesel models for European drivers).

The S-Class also has a coupe companion (the CL-Class) and is essentially the undergear for the ultra-luxury Maybach sedans.

The 7-Series has a more cohesive look inside and out, while the S-Class has its scalding S65 AMG edition to offer.

The new 2011 Audi A8 offers a newly refined body, a marvelous interior with iPhone-like controls, and top-notch powertrains, but its steering and ride rely heavily on electronics.

Meanwhile, the 2011 Jaguar XJ is the avant-garde loner of the group: It's less intent on playing the conservative sedan than ever, and its striking aluminum body now cloaks a glitzy, mod interior with equal doses of metallic bling and wood veneer.

It's offered with a 510-hp V-8 as its top performance model, and an XJL long-wheelbase version is coming, but it's the only sedan in this group to deny buyers an all-wheel-drive option.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2011 Lexus LS sedans deliver a luxury-liner ride and hushed interior, with some options that are unmatched by all but ultra-luxury brands, but they sorely lack driving involvement.
8.8
Suave styling, an impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel earn the 2011 Audi A8 a spot in the top tier.
9.4
Call us converts: The latest BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio.
8.8
The 2011 Jaguar XJ severs ties with its past, and rocks a mod new look that suits its dynamic personality.
9.2
From earth-friendly to exclusive and exotically fast, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class does it all in superb comfort.
MSRP From    
$67,130$78,050$70,650$72,700$91,000
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class    
Midsize carsLargeLargeLarge CarLarge
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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