2011 BMW
328i
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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Average range in the city
338 miles
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Average range on the highway
470 miles
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Moon roof
Standard
2011 BMW 328i

9.2

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
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"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Folding rear seats
Optional
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Very inexpensive
$37,475
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Lengthy braking distance from 60mph
134 ft
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 328i
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the GS 350's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the GS 350's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • The GS 350's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic, Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The GS 350's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.1 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp
  • More than 30% more powerful, 303 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
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 328i
  • A single tank lasts around 20% longer, 470 miles vs 403 miles
  • Almost the same, 53.6 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • The best price we've seen is $12,250 cheaper (more than 20% less), $37,475 vs $49,725
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 9.2

Entertainment System

Lexus
GS 350
2011 Lexus GS 350
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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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 328i 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 328i

Luxury Features

Lexus
GS 350
2011 Lexus GS 350
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the GS 350's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the GS 350's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

Lexus
GS 350
2011 Lexus GS 350
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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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 328i 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

Performance

Lexus
GS 350
2011 Lexus GS 350
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 303 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM The GS 350 is of average power, but the 328i is underpowered
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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 None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp The GS 350 has OK performance while the 328i gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 36.1 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Practicality

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GS 350
2011 Lexus GS 350
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 470 miles vs 403 miles The GS 350 has OK highway range, but the 328i is very limited
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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 328i 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 328i
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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
2011 Lexus GS 350
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $49,725 vs $37,475 The 328i has a great price and the GS 350 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 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

Crash Test Ratings

Lexus
GS 350
2011 Lexus GS 350
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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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
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 5.7 seconds vs 6.3 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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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 16.0 s @ 91 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 328i 2012 Acura TL 328i vs TL
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 Audi A5 Premium 335i vs A5 Premium
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 335i vs G37 Sport
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 460 2011 Lexus LS 460 L GS 460 vs LS 460 L
2011 Lexus GS 350 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 GS 350 vs E350
2011 Lexus GS 350 2012 Acura TL GS 350 vs TL

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