2011 Lexus
GS 350
vs. 2011 Toyota
Avalon Limited

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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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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More airbags
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2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

9.8

starting from

$36,595

Reasons to buy the Toyota Avalon Limited

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Very spacious back seats
51.7 ft3
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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Average highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good range on the highway
536 miles
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 10% longer, 536 miles vs 470 miles
  • Almost the same, 55.2 ft3 vs 53.6 ft3
Safety Features 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • The GS 350 has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 7 vs 6
Performance 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Almost the same, 35.4 ft vs 36.9 ft
  • More than 10% more powerful, 303 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus GS 350 Winner: GS 350
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  • The GS 350's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.8 vs 10.0

Cost

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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MSRP $36,595 vs $49,725 The Avalon Limited has a reasonable price, while the GS 350 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 18 mpg The Avalon Limited has OK city mileage, while the GS 350 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The GS 350's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Avalon Limited's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The GS 350's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Avalon Limited's is very short

Practicality

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 536 miles vs 470 miles The Avalon Limited has good highway range and the GS 350 is reasonable
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Cargo space 14.4 ft3 vs 12.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.2 ft3 vs 53.6 ft3 The Avalon Limited has roomy front seats and the GS 350 is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Avalon Limited's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the GS 350
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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

Safety Features

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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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 6 vs 7 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 None vs SafetyConnect

Performance

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 303 HP @ 6,200 RPM The GS 350 is fairly powerful, but the Avalon Limited is not far behind
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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 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 13.5 lb/hp vs 13.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The GS 350's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Avalon Limited is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.9 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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Number of speakers 12 vs 10 Both have more speakers, but the Avalon Limited in particular has a large number
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The GS 350's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Avalon Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Avalon Limited's satellite radio; in the GS 350, too, but it'll cost
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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 Yes The {better} has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the GS 350; but it's not available at all on the Avalon Limited

Luxury Features

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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Rollover resistance 4 stars 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

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus GS 350 Lexus
GS 350
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 5.7 seconds The GS 350 has a good 0-60 time, but the Avalon Limited is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 141 ft vs 136 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.5 s s @ 95.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 135 mph vs Unknown

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