2011 BMW
335i
vs. 2011 Lexus
GS 350

2011 Lexus GS 350

10.0

Winner

Lexus GS 350

starting from

$49,725

Reasons to buy the Lexus GS 350

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More airbags
7
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Leather
Standard
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Entertainment system
Optional
2011 BMW 335i

9.4

Runner-up

BMW 335i

starting from

$42,925
"The engine puts out only 265 horsepower, but manages a whopping 425 pound-feet of torque"
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's engine
"The absence of the Sport package also means the car lacks paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic's manual mode, but we're fine with that, as we never liked BMW's paddle shifters. The transmission still has a sport mode, which does an excellent job of downshifting in anticipation of cornering."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 335i

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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Folding rear seats
Optional
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Fast 0-60 time
5.2 seconds
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • The GS 350's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The GS 350's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the GS 350; but it's not available at all on the 335i
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • The GS 350 has 2 more airbags (including Knee, Rear Side), 7 vs 5
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the GS 350
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • The GS 350's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 335i
  • Almost the same, 53.6 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3
  • Almost the same, 470 miles vs 451 miles
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335i Winner: 335i
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  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $6,800 cheaper (more than 10% less), $42,925 vs $49,725
Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both vehicles can make tight turns
  • Neither offers paddle shifters
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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GS 350
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335i
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The GS 350's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 335i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The GS 350 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the GS 350; but it's not available at all on the 335i

Safety Features

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GS 350
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335i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 7 vs 5 The GS 350 has great airbag coverage, whereas the 335i is just OK (missing Knee, Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system SafetyConnect vs BMW Assist

Luxury Features

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GS 350
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the GS 350

Practicality

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GS 350
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335i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 470 miles vs 451 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 12.7 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.6 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Optional The 335i offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the GS 350
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The GS 350's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 335i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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GS 350
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MSRP $49,725 vs $42,925 The 335i has a great price and the GS 350 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Performance

Lexus
GS 350
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2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Horsepower 303 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The GS 350's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The 335i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 11.9 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The GS 350 will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the 335i
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 36.1 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Crash Test Ratings

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GS 350
2011 Lexus GS 350
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Lexus
GS 350
2011 Lexus GS 350
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335i
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0-60 mph 5.7 seconds vs 5.2 seconds The 335i has a good 0-60 time, but the GS 350 is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 13.8 s @ 102 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.88 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 BMW 335i 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 335i vs Golf TDI
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Lexus IS 250 328i vs IS 250
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Toyota Camry XLE 328i vs Camry XLE
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 335i vs G37 Sport
2011 BMW 328i 2012 Acura TL 328i vs TL
2011 Lexus GS 350 2011 Lexus ES 350 GS 350 vs ES 350
2011 Lexus GS 350 2011 Lexus IS 350 GS 350 vs IS 350
2011 Lexus GS 350 2012 Acura TL GS 350 vs TL
2011 Lexus GS 460 2011 Lexus LS 460 L GS 460 vs LS 460 L
2011 Lexus GS 350 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 GS 350 vs E350

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