2016 Lexus LS vs. Its Competition

2016 Lexus LS 460 F Sport
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Many of the Lexus LS's competitors have caught up in terms of style, status, and quality, although the LS maintains an edge in comfort—as well as resale value, reliability, and longevity.

It's also one of the most trouble-free, consistently, in a wide range of metrics.

The Jaguar XJ has been given a refresh for 2016 and remains one of the most handsome vehicles in the group, though its reliability still might not be on par with the LS.

The Infiniti Q70, formerly called the M37 or M56, runs a little smaller; it now comes in an extended wheelbase version and offers excellent driving dynamics.

The Audi A8 is getting refreshed this year, gaining a far more refined cabin, paired with an equally understated design.

The BMW 7-Series gets a new aluminum-and-carbon-fiber construction, as well as a fresh design and even more world-best tech; it's probably still the driver's car in this segment.

And the king of this class has long been the Mercedes-Benz S-Class; the current version remains unmatched in terms of luxury, technology, and variety of drivetrains—including the high-performance AMG versions.

2016 Lexus LS 460 F Sport2016 Lexus LS
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2016 Audi A8 4.0T Sport2016 Audi A8
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2016 BMW 7-Series with M Sport Package2016 BMW 7-Series
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2016 Jaguar XJR2016 Jaguar XJ
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2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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Quick Specs
The 2016 Lexus LS sedans are the flagships of the Lexus lineup, and they're at their best as comfortable, quiet luxury cruisers.
8.8
For the 2016 model year, Audi's A8 focuses in on the big, sporty luxury it's good at and jettisons the short-wheelbase versions previously offered.
9.2
Don’t let the conservative wrapper fool you, the 2016 BMW 7-Series charges boldly into a new generation as a sporty big sedan, with new ride-and-handling tech, space-age construction, and a plug-in hybrid version.
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The 2016 Jaguar XJ balances extravagant looks with dazzling big-car performance.
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Coupe, Cabriolet, and Maybach versions—and even a Plug-In Hybrid—make the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class far more diverse and adventurous than it used to be; it's now not just a flagship sedan, but a family of flagships.
MSRP From    
$72,520N/A$81,300$74,400$95,650
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0T *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan R-Sport RWD4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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