The Lexus LS is an exquisitely built throwback-a soft-riding luxury liner in a class of nimbler, more performance-minded four-doors.
The S-Class also has a coupe companion (the CL-Class) and is essentially the undergear for the ultra-luxury Maybach sedans.
The 7-Series has a more cohesive look inside and out, while the S-Class has its scalding S65 AMG edition to offer.
A new 2011 Audi A8 is in the works and promises to take on all these sedans with a newly refined body, a marvelous interior with iPhone-like controls, and of course, hybrid and diesel powertrains.
The 2011 Jaguar XJ is the avant-garde loner of the group: It's less intent on playing the conservative sedan than ever, and its striking aluminum body now cloaks a glitzy, mod interior with equal doses of metallic bling and wood veneer.
It will be offered with a 510-hp V-8 as its top performance model, and an XJL long-wheelbase version is coming, but it's the only sedan in this group to decline buyers the option of all-wheel drive.
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|2010 Lexus LSBrowse Used Listings||2010 Audi A8Browse Used Listings||2010 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2010 Jaguar XJBrowse Used Listings||2010 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas V8||N/A||Gas/Electric V6|
|4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 750i RWD||N/A||4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||N/A||4 Door Sedan|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2010 Lexus LS vs. 2010 Audi A8||2010 Lexus LS vs. 2010 BMW 7-Series||2010 Lexus LS vs. 2010 Jaguar XJ||2010 Lexus LS vs. 2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class|