2011 Lexus
GS 350
vs. 2011 Toyota
Avalon

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

9.5

Runner-up

Toyota Avalon

starting from

$33,355

Reasons to buy the Toyota Avalon

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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
537 miles
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 Avalon
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
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 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Avalon Winner: Avalon
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  • The Avalon 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the GS 350
  • A single tank lasts more than 10% longer, 537 miles vs 470 miles
  • Almost the same, 55.2 ft3 vs 53.6 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.7
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 10.0 vs 9.7
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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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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 - vs 10.0
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 10.0 vs 9.5

Entertainment System

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GS 350
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Number of speakers 10 vs 9 More 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 Avalon 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 Avalon

Cost

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GS 350
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MSRP $49,725 vs $33,355 The Avalon has a reasonable price, while the GS 350 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 20 mpg The Avalon has OK city mileage, while the GS 350 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The GS 350's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Avalon 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The GS 350's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Avalon 's is very short

Practicality

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GS 350
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 470 miles vs 537 miles The Avalon has good highway range and the GS 350 is reasonable
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Cargo space 12.7 ft3 vs 14.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.6 ft3 vs 55.2 ft3 The Avalon has roomy front seats and the GS 350 is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Avalon '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

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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 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 None

Performance

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GS 350
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Horsepower 303 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM The GS 350 is fairly powerful, but the Avalon 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 13.1 lb/hp vs 13.3 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The GS 350's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Avalon is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 36.9 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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GS 350
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Avalon
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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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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Avalon
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0-60 mph 5.7 seconds vs 7.1 seconds The GS 350 has a good 0-60 time, but the Avalon is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 141 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 15.5 s @ 95 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 135 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

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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
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2011 Lexus GS 350 2012 Acura TL GS 350 vs TL
2011 Toyota Avalon 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Avalon vs Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Avalon Limited vs Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Avalon vs Genesis 3.8
2011 Toyota Avalon 2011 Lexus ES 350 Avalon vs ES 350
2011 Toyota Avalon 2011 Lexus LS 460 Avalon vs LS 460

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