Each of these rivals offer high-performance variants, including the S8, the Alpina B7, and the S63 and S63 AMG, which the LS does not have.
Each of these competitors also bears distinct designs inside (and outside) that arguably feel more lavish than the LS 460's simpler, more conservative style.
And instead of a V-12 flagship, as these three European sedans have, the LS claims a gasoline-electric flagship called the LS 600h L.
The LS 460 sports a straightforward instrument panel layout, without the use of a centralized, screen-driven interface like BMW's iDrive, which some drivers will appreciate.
All-wheel drive is available in the S-Class and comes standard in the A8 but is not available in either the 7-Series or LS 460.
The LS 460 is significantly cheaper than the 7-Series or S-Class.
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|2009 Lexus LSBrowse Used Listings||2008 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2008 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V8|
|4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 750i||4-Door Sedan 5.5L V8 RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2009 Lexus LS vs. 2008 Audi A8||2009 Lexus LS vs. 2008 BMW 7-Series||2009 Lexus LS vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz S Class|