2011 Lexus
LS 460
vs. 2011 Toyota
Avalon Limited

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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Good braking distance from 60mph
118 ft
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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 gears
8
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

9.8

starting from

$36,595

Reasons to buy the Toyota Avalon Limited

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Average highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Quite expensive
$36,595
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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Very spacious back seats
51.7 ft3
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus LS 460 Winner: LS 460
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  • The LS 460's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The LS 460 has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 6
  • More than 40% more powerful, 380 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus LS 460 Winner: LS 460
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  • The LS 460's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
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 have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 9.8 vs 10.0

Performance

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus LS 460 Lexus
LS 460
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 380 HP @ 6,400 RPM The LS 460 is fairly powerful, but the Avalon Limited is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 8 The LS 460 has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the Avalon Limited is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The LS 460's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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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 11.4 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The LS 460 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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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 LS 460 Lexus
LS 460
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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 LS 460'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 LS 460, 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 LS 460; but it's not available at all on the Avalon Limited

Practicality

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus LS 460 Lexus
LS 460
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 537 miles vs 533 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 14.4 ft3 vs 18.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.2 ft3 vs 56.2 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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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 LS 460
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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

Cost

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus LS 460 Lexus
LS 460
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MSRP $36,595 vs $68,005 The Avalon Limited has a reasonable price, while the LS 460 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 16 mpg The Avalon Limited has OK city mileage, while the LS 460 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The LS 460'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 LS 460's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Avalon Limited's is very short

Safety Features

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus LS 460 Lexus
LS 460
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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 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 None vs SafetyConnect

Luxury Features

Toyota
Avalon Limited
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited
2011 Lexus LS 460 Lexus
LS 460
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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 LS 460 Lexus
LS 460
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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 LS 460 Lexus
LS 460
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0-60 mph 7.1 seconds vs 5.4 seconds The LS 460 has a good 0-60 time, but the Avalon Limited is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 141 ft vs 118 ft The LS 460 has above average braking ability, but the Avalon Limited is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.5 s @ 95 mph vs 14.5 s @ 98 mph The LS 460's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Avalon Limited's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.8 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 135 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Avalon Limited vs Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Avalon Limited vs Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2012 Acura TL Avalon Limited vs TL
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Toyota Corolla Avalon Limited vs Corolla

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