2008 Lexus GS 350 vs. Its Competition

2008 Lexus GS 350
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Lexus GS 350 is considerably sportier in feel than the standard E350, with a suspension that's more firmly tuned and exhibiting an increased high-performance sensation.

It also comes across as more performance-oriented than the A6, lining up the S6 as a fitter competitor, with its 340-horsepower V-8 that takes on the GS 460.

But the S6 has all-wheel drive, a feature that's not available on the GS 460.

The BMW 5-Series is the most natural competitor; compared to the GS, the BMW also has a firm ride and rather cramped backseat, along with some high-tech options (including night vision, which isn't available on the GS), but its steering is more direct.

Infiniti's M sedans, the M35 and M45, are also rivals to the GS.

They have much roomier interiors but a similar, sporty driving feel, with powerful engines and electronic driving aids, although interior noise is a bigger issue on the M than any of these rivals.

Altogether, it's less of a family conveyance than most of these cars, due to its interior, but it packs a lot of driving enjoyment.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Lexus GS sport sedans have their flaws--most notably, a cramped interior--but like no other, they wrap edgy performance with some of today's top technology.
The 2008 Audi S6 offers driving thrills that few sedans can match -- and a V-10 heart that would be right at home in a Lamborghini.
The 5-Series sedans and wagons aren't the most practical or the best values in their class, but they're very enjoyable to drive.
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V10Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomaticManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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