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
A8 4-Door Sedan 17 27 $72,587 $78,050
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4-Door Sedan AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LS 460 4-Door Sedan AWD 16 23 $61,797 $69,435
LS 460 4-Door Sedan L AWD 16 23 $66,732 $74,980
LS 460 4-Door Sedan L RWD 16 24 $64,681 $72,675
LS 460 4-Door Sedan RWD 16 24 $59,746 $67,130
LS 600h L 4-Door Sedan Hybrid 19 23 $99,904 $112,250
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4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD 19 25 $84,630 $91,000
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 4MATIC 14 21 $89,280 $96,000
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD 15 23 $86,490 $93,000
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 600 RWD 12 19 $146,987 $158,050
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $128,340 $138,000
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 65 AMG RWD 12 19 $194,370 $209,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$72,587
$61,797
$84,630
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$78,050
$69,435
$91,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1301 / month
$1157 / 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 23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize cars Large
Interior Dimensions
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
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 -
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 63.6 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
117.8 116.9 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.6 18.0 16.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x 1.34 14.0 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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x 0.87 13.1 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.7 22.2 23.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 11.7-18.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 37.4 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.2 - TBD -
Tires
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 -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4409 4597 4474
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 100 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
FSI Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
328 @ 3500 344 @ 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 357 @ 6400 295 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8 Gas/Electric V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 18 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 16 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.82 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.60 4.38
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 All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.23 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 2.18 3.42
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.69 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.72 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.20 3.13 2.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.46 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 Lexus LS 460 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 10.4 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 4

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