The Lexus LS is an exquisitely built throwback—a soft-riding luxobarge in a class of nimbler, more performance-minded four-doors.
The new 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 new 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.
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.
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|2012 Lexus LS 460Browse Used Listings||2012 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2012 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2012 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V8||Gas/Electric V6|
|Midsize cars||Large||Large||Large Car||Large|
|4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|