2017 Lexus LS vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2017 Lexus LS vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the face and name to which all full-size luxury sedans must ultimately be compared. While the S-Class may be the first name to enter your mind when shopping for a luxury car, it may not necessarily be the best choice—in fact, when comparing the S-Class sedan side-by-side with the 2017 Lexus LS, the mightiest name in luxury sedans suddenly seems far less insurmountable. To see how they compare, take a look at the following.

Interior & Design

2017 Lexus LS Interior & Design2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class interior

The 2017 Lexus LS 460 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 are both undeniably compelling vehicles; the S-Class sedan is longer and wider with an instantly-recognizable face and profile, but the Lexus LS offers a more dynamic and daring aesthetic and is offered in its original form or in an extended wheelbase variant depending on your preference. In its natural form, the Lexus LS’s interior is offered in four luxurious configurations: Black leather with Matte Bamboo trim, Black leather with Shimamoku Espresso trim, Black and Saddle Tan leather with Matte Dark Brown Ash Burl trim, and Light Gray leather with Shimamoku Espresso trim.

With the more than $20,000 you will save by choosing the Lexus LS 460 over the S550, you can add the Executive-Class Seating Package, which ups the luxury ante even further with leather-trimmed instrument panel and glovebox door, rear-seat entertainment system, 110-volt A/C power outlet, wood- and leather-trimmed rear center console, and a right-rear power recliner with ottoman and multifunction shiatsu massager. Even adding all of this, you will still have enough money left over from what you would pay for the S-Class to add the All-Weather Package and Comfort Package.

Technology & Safety

2017 Lexus LS tech2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class tech

In terms of technology and safety features, the Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes-Benz S550 are by and large flush with one another in terms of base offerings. Where the Mercedes-Benz S550 comes with a standard rear window sunshade and three additional speakers, the Lexus LS 460 comes with a standard power sunroof/moonroof. Where the Lexus once again excels is in its much lower starting MSRP, which allows the opportunity to add additional options including Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Adaptive Front Lighting System with Intelligent High Beams or LED Dual-Swivel Adaptive Headlamps with Intelligent High Beams, Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and the 19-speaker Mark Levinson® Reference surround sound audio system. Even adding the four highest-priced options of these, you would still have approximately $15,000 to play with than what you would buying the base-level S-Class sedan.

Performance

2017 Lexus LS performance2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The 2017 Lexus LS 460 comes standard with a 4.6-liter V8 engine, which doles out 386 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque. While it is not as powerful as the S500’s base 4.7-liter V8, the $20,000 that you will have to play with by opting for the Lexus over the Mercedes-Benz will allow you to upgrade with the Adaptive Variable Air Suspension Package, which adds AVS with variable gear-ratio seating and SPORT S+ and Comfort driving modes. The Lexus LS is also offered with an F SPORT Package, which adds high-performance Brembo® brakes, an F SPORT-tuned and lowered AVS with variable gear-ratio steering, SPORT S+ and Comfort driving modes, and a Torsen® Torque-Sensing limited-slip rear differential for RWD models.

Verdict


There is good reason that the S-Class has for so long been the face of the segment; it’s an opulent, powerful, and confident vehicle. However, given that its base $96,600 MSRP does not offer all that much more than the Lexus LS’ $72,520 starting MSRP, it is difficult not to recommend the vehicle that offers more bang for your buck. If you are ready to up your profile with the highest-class ride on your block, you can schedule a 2017 Lexus LS test drive in Orlando online today. Stop by and visit our Central Florida Lexus dealership to see one in person, or view our current inventory online.

 


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