2018 Lexus GS vs. Its Competition

2018 Lexus GS 350
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Lexus GS goes up against some of the best cars on the market, the mid-size luxury cars from Europe and the U.S., and acquits itself well.

BMW’s 5-Series is brand new; its turbo-6 is a much stronger engine than Lexus’ naturally aspirated V-6, and it’s turbo-4 is stronger than Lexus’ version.

The Mercedes-Benz E-class is also new, and it is the benchmark for interior elegance and luxury.

The E-Class also offers a vast array of models and body styles.

Audi’s A6 is aging, and we prefer its coupe-like A7 sibling.

Still, its supercharged V-6 is strong, it offers lots of cachet, and it has plenty of tech features.

The Cadillac CTS is a great entry from America.

We like the styling and the Caddy takes a backseat to no rival in terms of handling.

The Infiniti Q70 is is similar to the GS with its V-6 power and Japanese roots, but it has a coarse engine and Infiniti lacks the prestige of its rivals.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2018 Lexus GS is a worthy rival to its German foes in terms of luxury and handling, but its engine lineup is falling behind the competition.
7.0
The 2018 Audi S6 stands with an impressive hand: quality interior, great performance, functional shape. It's possible to find better examples from other cars, but they all cost significantly more.
7.8
The 2018 BMW 5-Series expands the sedan's already-excellent lineup to include an efficient plug-in hybrid and an uber-quick V-8.
7.5
The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V scorches the earth, and leaves the E63 and RS7 with some burn marks.
7.2
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 stands alone as a warm take on luxury that others have left behind. It’s not as luxurious as the others—but it’s not as expensive as those, either.
8.3
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes to excess--the right kinds of excess--to preserve its best-of status.
MSRP From     
$46,510$49,700$52,650$46,495$50,300$52,950
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-SizeMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
GS 300 RWD2.0 TFSI Premium FWD530e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWD3.7 LUXE RWDE 300 RWD Sedan
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedan4 Door SedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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