Although the BMW 5-Series is clearly in Lexus’ sights with the 2009 GS, Infiniti's M sedans, the M35 and M45, are its closest rivals in execution.
Compared to the GS, the M35/45 has a roomier interior 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.
The Lexus GS models also come 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 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 and it comes across as a well-rounded rival that may suit a wider range of drivers than the GS.
The 2009 Lexus GS 350 is considerably sportier in feel than the standard Mercedes E350, with a suspension that's more firmly tuned.
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|2009 Lexus GSBrowse Used Listings||2008 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mercedes-Benz E ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual||Automatic w/OD|
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|2009 Lexus GS vs. 2008 BMW 5-Series||2009 Lexus GS vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class|