2011 Lexus GS vs. Its Competition

2011 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 latest 5-Series is also very tech-focused, and it handles better than the previous model.

Infiniti's M sedans, the M37 and M56, are actually its closest rivals in execution.

Compared to the GS, the M37/56 has a roomier interior but overall, an edgier, sportier driving feel, with powerful engines and electronic driving aids.

However, in the M sedans interior noise is a bigger issue 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 GS.

For the Lexus GS 450h, its leading rival is likely the Mercedes-Benz E350 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.

2011 Lexus GS 350 4-door Sedan RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus GS
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Lexus GS sedans are fast, refined, and well-appointed; but low points include a cramped backseat and, for the 450h Hybrid, lackluster fuel economy.
The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.
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4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan 528i RWD2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD
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