The Lexus LS was once the envy of the luxury class, launched to great acclaim and even higher quality.
Since then it's struggled to define itself as anything other than reliable and quiet--while competitors like the Jaguar XJ have spun wildly from a poor track record and dated mechanicals, to cutting-edge construction and performance wrapped inside a glitzy, glamorous body.
The Infiniti M has tried to elbow its way into the class, and has all the right moves, but still lacks the prestige that even Lexus enjoys.
The Audi A8 tackles the segment with the best tech features, including Google mapping and in-car wireless Internet.
Available in a vast array of powertrain configurations, short- and long-wheelbase versions, performance variants, and exotically trimmed editions, both sedans ply owners with everything from business-class to first-class accommodations, with performance now in the Benz's corner, thanks to its AMG editions and the growth of the big Bimmers in size and weight.
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|2013 Lexus LS 460Browse Used Listings||2013 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2013 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2013 INFINITI MBrowse Used Listings||2013 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2013 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Supercharged Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||N/A||Gas V6||Gas/Electric V6|
|Midsize cars||Large||Large Cars||N/A||Large Car||Large|
|4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan 3.0L||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||N/A||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||N/A||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic|