2011 Lexus
LS 460
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
S550

2011 Lexus LS 460

10.0

Winner

Lexus LS 460

starting from

$68,005
"Trunk space is generous."
edmunds.com | talking about the LS's storage
"Serene ride."
edmunds.com | talking about the LS's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Lexus LS 460

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Tighter turning radius
35.4 ft
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OK braking distance from 60mph
118 ft
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Average highway fuel efficiency
24 mpg
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Quite expensive
$68,005
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550

9.5

Runner-up

Mercedes-Benz S550

starting from

$98,525
"A serene ride that are second to none."
edmunds.com | talking about the S-Class's noise
"Premium audio system suitable to high standard."
edmunds.com | talking about the S-Class's stereo

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz S550

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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Very spacious back seats
55.3 ft3
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OK cornering
0.87 g
Cost 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Lexus LS 460 Winner: LS 460
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  • The best price we've seen is $30,520 cheaper (more than 30% less), $68,005 vs $98,525
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 16 mpg vs 14 mpg
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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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • More gears
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Good highway range
  • People mover
  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.5

Cost

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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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MSRP $68,005 vs $98,525 The LS 460 has a reasonable price, while the S550 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 14 mpg The LS 460 has OK city mileage, while the S550 is very inefficient
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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

Luxury Features

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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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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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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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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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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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0-60 mph 5.4 seconds vs 6.0 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 118 ft vs 141 ft The LS 460's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the S550 is quite bad
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1/4 mile 14.5 s @ 98 mph vs 14.4 s @ 101 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.8 g vs 0.87 g The S550 has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average LS 460
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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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 mbrace

Performance

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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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Horsepower 380 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 382 HP @ 6,000 RPM The S550 is fairly powerful, but the LS 460 is not far behind
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Number of gears 8 vs 7 More gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 11.4 lb/hp vs 12.1 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The S550 will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the LS 460
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 40.0 ft The LS 460 can make tight turns, but the S550 takes a little more room to navigate

Practicality

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LS 460
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 533 miles vs 500 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 18.0 ft3 vs 16.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.2 ft3 vs 54.2 ft3 The LS 460 has roomy front seats and the S550 is OK
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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 Not Available The LS 460's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the S550
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The S550's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the LS 460
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
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S550
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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the S550's satellite radio; in the LS 460, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Standard Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the LS 460

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Lexus LS 460 2011 Lexus ES 350 LS 460 vs ES 350
2011 Lexus LS 460 2012 BMW 750Li LS 460 vs 750Li
2011 Lexus LS 460 L 2011 Lexus GS 460 LS 460 L vs GS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460 2011 Toyota Avalon LS 460 vs Avalon
2011 Lexus LS 460 2011 Audi A8 L 4.2 LS 460 vs A8 L 4.2
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 2012 BMW 750i S550 vs 750i
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 2011 Audi A8 L 4.2 S550 vs A8 L 4.2
2011 Mercedes-Benz S600 2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended S600 vs Phantom Extended
2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S63 AMG vs E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 S550 vs CLS550

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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jojo (11:34 PM, March 16, 2013)
hyundai EQUUS is the best <3