2011 Lexus
GS 350
vs. 2011 Lexus
IS 350

2011 Lexus GS 350

9.8

starting from

$49,725

Reasons to buy the Lexus GS 350

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average-sized back seats
42.9 ft3
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More airbags
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Has a subwoofer
2011 Lexus IS 350

9.8

starting from

$40,595

Reasons to buy the Lexus IS 350

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Good braking distance from 60mph
114 ft
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Tighter turning radius
33.5 ft
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • The GS 350's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Performance 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus IS 350 Winner: IS 350
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  • Almost the same
  • The IS 350 needs around 10% less space to turn, 33.5 ft vs 35.4 ft
  • The IS 350's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 11.5 lb/hp vs 13.1 lb/hp
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • The GS 350 has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 7 vs 6
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus IS 350 Winner: IS 350
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $9,130 cheaper (around 20% less), $40,595 vs $49,725
Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power outlets
  • People mover
  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 10 vs 13 The IS 350 has more speakers and the GS 350 is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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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 Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Performance

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GS 350
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Horsepower 303 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 306 HP @ 6,400 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 Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The IS 350 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the GS 350
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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 11.5 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 IS 350
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 33.5 ft The IS 350 turns on a dime, and the GS 350 can do OK in a tight space, too

Safety Features

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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 6 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the GS 350 is particularly good (including 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 SafetyConnect

Cost

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MSRP $49,725 vs $40,595 The IS 350 has a great price and the GS 350 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 20 mpg The IS 350 has great city mileage and the GS 350 is pretty reasonable
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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

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 470 miles vs 462 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 12.7 ft3 vs 13.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.6 ft3 vs 53.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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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

Luxury Features

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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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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

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GS 350
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0-60 mph 5.7 seconds vs 5.3 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 114 ft The IS 350 has above average braking ability, but the GS 350 is quite bad
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 13.8 s s @ 101.2 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.83 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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