2010 Lexus GS vs. Its Competition

2010 Lexus GS 350 4-door Sedan RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

There’s little doubt that the BMW 5-Series is one of the top rivals that Lexus has in mind with the GS sedans.

The 2010 5-Series is also very tech-focused, and it's now more comfort-oriented than it’s been in the past, though a new 5-Series is on the way for 2011.

Infiniti's M sedans, the M35 and M45, are actually 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.

Cadillac’s CTS is a little bit smaller and more performance-focused, with excellent handling and performance, as well as a unique interior style.

The Lexus GS models also come across as more performance-oriented than the A6, lining up more closely with the 340-horsepower, V-8-powered S6, which takes on the GS 460.

But the S6 has all-wheel drive, a feature that's not available on the GS 460 (only the 350).

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, recently redesigned, is softer and more comfort-oriented than the 2010 GS.

For the 2010 Lexus GS 450h, its leading rival is likely the Mercedes-Benz E320 BlueTec.

With a clean-diesel engine, the BlueTec gets much better fuel economy than the 450h, and it’s the more fitting choice for long-haul highway driving.

2010 Lexus GS 350 4-door Sedan RWD Angular Front Exterior View2010 Lexus GS
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Quick Specs
8.2
Respectable performance and top technology make the 2010 Lexus GS 350 and GS 460 worthwhile sport sedans, but low points include a cramped backseat and a GS 450h hybrid model that fails to wow for fuel economy.
8.0
Whether as a sedan or wagon, the 2010 BMW 5-Series is a distinctly sportier, tech-savvy alternative to luxury rivals-without giving up any comfort.
8.4
The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is about as close as you can get to a four-door Corvette; Cadillac manages to beat top German sports sedans with a track-ready sedan that doesn’t forget about comfort.
8.2
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
MSRP From   
$45,600$45,950$35,165$48,050
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMid-SizeSub-Compact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5554
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODManualManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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