2010 Lexus LS vs. Its Competition

2010 Lexus LS 460 L
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Lexus LS is an exquisitely built throwback-a soft-riding luxury liner in a class of nimbler, more performance-minded four-doors.

Both the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series have V-8 thrust in base models, bespoke interiors, high-performance editions, and new hybrid models (as well as diesel models for European drivers).

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.

2010 Lexus LS 460 L2010 Lexus LS
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2010 Audi A8 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2010 Audi A8
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2010 BMW 7-Series 4-door Sedan 750Li RWD Side Exterior View2010 BMW 7-Series
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2010 Jaguar XJ75 Platinum Concept2010 Jaguar XJ
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2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class 4-door Sedan 3.5L V6 Hybrid RWD Angular Front Exterior View2010 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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Quick Specs
The 2010 Lexus LS range spans Sport and Hybrid models, but consistently delivers stellar ride and assembly quality-with driving pleasure placed on hold.
The 2010 Audi A8 and A8 L wear its subtle suit well-and outhandles some of its more exotic-looking competition.
Call us converts: The latest 2010 BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class goes from exclusive to earth-friendly to exotically fast-in just a couple hundred thousand dollars.
MSRP From    
$65,380$74,550$82,000Coming Soon$87,950
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 22 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Gas V8N/AGas/Electric V6
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeLargeLargeN/ALarge Car
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 750i RWDN/A4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door SedanN/A4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticN/AAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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