Compare 2011 Audi A8 vs 2011 Lexus LS vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2011 Audi A8
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2011 Lexus LS
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2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 17 27 $72,587 $78,050
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4-Door Sedan RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 16 24 $59,746 $67,130
4-Door Sedan AWD 16 23 $61,797 $69,435
4-Door Sedan RWD L 16 24 $64,681 $72,675
4-Door Sedan AWD L 16 23 $66,732 $74,980
4-Door Sedan Hybrid 19 23 $99,904 $112,250
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4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid 19 25 $84,630 $91,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S 550 15 23 $86,490 $93,000
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S 550 14 21 $89,280 $96,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S 63 AMG 15 22 $128,340 $138,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S 600 12 19 $146,987 $158,050
4-Door Sedan RWD S 65 AMG 12 19 $194,370 $209,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$72,587
$59,746
$84,630
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$78,050
$67,130
$91,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1301 / month
$1119 / month
$1517 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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. From earth-friendly to exclusive and exotically fast, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class does it all in superb comfort.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 16 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 24 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize cars Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 56.9 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 43.7 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.7 35.8 42.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 38.0 37.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 58.5 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
114.9 103.0 108.6
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 37.9 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 63.8 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
117.8 116.9 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.7 73.8 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 63.6 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.72 5.5 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
202.2 199.2 206.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.1 58.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.6 18.0 16.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x 0.87 12.3 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x 1.34 13.1 x - TBD - 13.2 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.7 22.2 23.8
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 36.1 40.0
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R19 P235/50R18 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R19 P235/50R18 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P235/50R18 - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4409 4244 4474
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 100 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8 Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
FSI Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
328 @ 3500 367 @ 4100 284 @ 2400-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 4.6L/281 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
372 @ 6800 380 @ 6400 295 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 16 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 19 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 24 25
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 2.18 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.72 2.86
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.69 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.20 2.93 2.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.46 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.60 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.82 0.73
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.86 1.92
Trans Type
8 8 7
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.23 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 Lexus LS 460 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Adaptive Air Multi-Link Four-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Adaptive Air Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 9.8 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 4

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