2018 Lexus LS vs. Its Competition

2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Lexus LS will compete in rarefied air against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and Audi A8.

All three of those German sedans have performance models that the initial LS won't be able to match.

In terms of outright excellence, the Mercedes takes the crown, although the BMW is close behind and a new A8 is coming soon.

The Jaguar XJ and Cadillac CT6 are both sporty alternatives.

The CT6 offers a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that you wouldn't expect in a full-size sedan, but also comes at a lower price.

2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport2018 Lexus LS
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2018 Audi S82018 Audi A8
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2018 BMW 7-Series2018 BMW 7-Series
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2018 Cadillac CT62018 Cadillac CT6
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2018 Jaguar XJR5752018 Jaguar XJ
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2018 Mercedes-Benz S4502018 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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Quick Specs
The 2018 Lexus LS 500 sedans don’t reach for the same performance limits as the LC coupes, but there’s ambition in every line.
The 2018 Audi S8 is a speed machine that's the ultimate sleeper. Spot one and stare—it'll likely be gone just as quickly.
The 2018 BMW 7-Series is a plush ride with plenty of powertrain options and customizable features that places it among the full-size greats.
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 has the style and performance to match its German rivals, but is the brand there yet?
The 2018 Jaguar XJ swaddles its occupants in leather, delivers them in style, and offers sporty road manners for a large car due to its lightweight construction.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz continues to push the envelope for comfort. safety, and autonomous driving aids, while improving upon its effortless power and dignified road manners.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
LS 500 RWD3.0 TFSI740i Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWDXJ R-Sport RWDS 450 Sedan
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sedanquattro LWB SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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