2011 Lexus
LS 460
vs. 2011 Toyota
Avalon

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

9.5

Runner-up

Toyota Avalon

starting from

$33,355

Reasons to buy the Toyota Avalon

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Very inexpensive
$33,355
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Average highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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Very spacious back seats
51.7 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Lexus LS 460 Winner: LS 460
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  • The LS 460's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The LS 460's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the LS 460; but it's not available at all on the Avalon
Performance 10.0 vs 9.2
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
Practicality 9.8 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 LS 460
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 - vs 10.0
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  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 10.0 vs 9.5

Entertainment System

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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
Avalon
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Number of speakers 10 vs 9 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The LS 460'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 LS 460 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 LS 460; but it's not available at all on the Avalon

Performance

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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
Avalon
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Horsepower 380 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM The LS 460 is fairly powerful, but the Avalon is not far behind
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Number of gears 8 vs 6 The LS 460 has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the Avalon is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs 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 11.4 lb/hp vs 13.3 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-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 35.4 ft vs 36.9 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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

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LS 460
2011 Lexus LS 460
2011 Toyota Avalon Toyota
Avalon
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MSRP $68,005 vs $33,355 The Avalon has a reasonable price, while the LS 460 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 20 mpg The Avalon has OK city mileage, while the LS 460 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The LS 460'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 LS 460's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Avalon 's is very short

Safety Features

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LS 460
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Avalon
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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 SafetyConnect vs None

Luxury Features

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

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2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Avalon Limited vs Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon 2011 Lexus ES 350 Avalon vs ES 350
2011 Toyota Avalon 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Avalon vs Altima 3.5 SR

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