2013 Lexus LS vs. Its Competition

2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport by Five Axis
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Lexus LS was once the envy of the luxury class, launched to great acclaim and even higher quality.

Since then it's struggled to define itself as anything other than reliable and quiet--while competitors like the Jaguar XJ have spun wildly from a poor track record and dated mechanicals, to cutting-edge construction and performance wrapped inside a glitzy, glamorous body.

The Infiniti M has tried to elbow its way into the class, and has all the right moves, but still lacks the prestige that even Lexus enjoys.

The Audi A8 tackles the segment with the best tech features, including Google mapping and in-car wireless Internet.

But by and large, the segment still belongs to the Mercedes S-Class, and to some extent, the BMW 7-Series.

Available in a vast array of powertrain configurations, short- and long-wheelbase versions, performance variants, and exotically trimmed editions, both sedans ply owners with everything from business-class to first-class accommodations, with performance now in the Benz's corner, thanks to its AMG editions and the growth of the big Bimmers in size and weight.

2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport by Five Axis2013 Lexus LS
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2013 Audi A8 3.0T2013 Audi A8
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2013 BMW 7-Series2013 BMW 7-Series
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2013 Infiniti M2013 INFINITI M
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2013 Jaguar XJ2013 Jaguar XJ
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2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec 4Matic2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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Quick Specs
The new F Sport turns up the heat just a little bit, but you'll still savor the 2013 Lexus LS more for its interior appointments and luxurious long-distance comfort than for its performance.
Peerless cabins, advanced connectivity, and athletic road feel give the 2013 Audi A8 a few weapons in its battle with the luxosedan titans.
The 2013 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally fleet-footed for such a spacious, luxurious, and technologically advanced car.
With sharp handling, scorching performance, and decent comfort, the 2013 Infiniti M sedans are bold and beautiful but not overwrought.
Swinging style and newfound traction and gas mileage make the 2013 Jaguar XJ a more complete offering than it's ever been.
Covering its wide range of performance personalities, all with superb comfort and some of the world's top in-car tech, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class is one model you'll be as happy to be in as to be seen in.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Electric V6
EPA Class     
Midsize carsLargeLarge CarsMidsize CarLarge CarLarge
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedan4-Door SedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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