Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Cadillac CTS

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Cadillac CTS
If you’re in the comparison stage of shopping for a luxury sedan, it’s important to decide which factors are most important to you. Some automakers whose names are synonymous with ‘deluxe’ can get away with a higher MSRP without necessarily providing more value, so make sure you’re looking at all the pertinent details.

In the battle between the 2017 Lexus ES 350 and the 2017 Cadillac CTS, one comes out ahead as a clear winner. Check out our full review to see which luxury sedan is the better value:

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus ES 350

If you commute in Los Angeles traffic, you’re going to want the latest in entertainment and comfort features to keep you sane during a bottleneck. The 2017 ES 350 comes standard with dual-zone climate control, Lexus Display Audio with a color multimedia screen and Scout GPS Link navigation. It’s also equipped with an 8-speaker Premium Sound System, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, and subscription-free Traffic and Weather. The Navigation Package adds Remote Touch controls, a Navigation System, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations. You also have the option for a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 15 Clari-Fi speakers and inverted-motor subwoofer.

Cadillac CTS

The 2017 CTS comes standard with dual-zone climate control, the Cadillac CUE infotainment system with multi-touch screen and smartphone compatibility, HD Radio, Bluetooth tech, and a Bose sound system. An integrated navigation system is available but does not come standard. The Luxury package includes a 13-speaker Bose sound system and navigation, as well as styling and exterior features.

Safety Rating and Tech

Lexus ES 350

The 2017 Lexus ES was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The ES 350 comes standard with a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and a class-leading 10 airbags. It’s also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist.

Cadillac CTS

While the CTS also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, the IIHS found some flaws. It earned a Marginal score in critical small overlap front impact tests and was not named a Top Safety Pick by the testing institution.

The 2017 CTS comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear vision camera, daytime running lights, rear park assist, and OnStar Guidance Plan. The Driver Awareness Package adds a Forward Collision Alert, Forward Distance Indicator, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, and more.

Pricing

Lexus ES 350</h3
Starting at $38,900 MSRP

Cadillac CTS

Starting at $45,995 MSRP

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Comparison: 2017 Lexus GX 460 vs 2017 Acura MDX

Comparison: 2017 Lexus GX 460 vs 2017 Acura MDX
If you’re shopping for a luxury SUV in Los Angeles, we encourage you to compare models to ensure you’re getting one that suits all your needs. After all, some utes were made for the city, others for the wilderness, while a select few can do both.

When comparing the 2017 Lexus GX 460 and the 2017 Acura MDX, we found some differences that could make it or break it for you. Check out our one-to-one comparison of these top-selling luxury SUVs:

Performance

Lexus GX 460

The 2017 GX 460 is powered by a robust 4.6-liter V8 engine with 6-speed sequential-shift electronically controlled automatic transmission, making 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. It has full-time all-wheel drive and can tow up to 6,500 pounds, making it a great option for those who like to get out of L.A. for the weekend and head to the mountains. Its Torsen limited-slip center differential ensures even power distribution between front and rear axles, and Active Traction Control keeps you sure-footed on any terrain. Additionally, Lexus’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System gives you ease of driving while keeping the GX’s substantial body in control with stiff anti-roll bars.

Acura MDX

The 2017 MDX has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission, making 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive, but has the option for Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. The MDX’s towing capacity tops out at 5,000 pounds, which may be a deal-breaker for some. While the Acura SUV might perform on par in the city, it’s not a ute designed for off-roading.

Features

Lexus GX 460

Standard features on the 2017 GX 460 include SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Lexus Display Audio with 9 speakers, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, backup camera, power moonroof, and privacy glass. Additionally, it’s standard with Lexus Memory System for seats and mirrors, dual-zone climate control, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

The GX Premium adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform Destinations, voice command, high-res LCD screen, leather interior trim, heated and ventilated seating, heated rear outboard seats, three-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and Intuitive Parking Assist. The GX Luxury gives you a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, power third-row seats, second-row captain’s chairs, and more. The GX is also available with a dual-screen Rear Seat Entertainment System and 17-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio.

Acura MDX

The 2017 MDX comes standard with a power moonroof, pushbutton ignition, Siri Eyes Free, SMS text function, Sirius XM Radio, rearview camera, three-zone climate control, and driver assistance technology. It does not come available with a seat and mirror memory system or an equivalent to the Lexus Enform apps.

The MDX with Technology Package includes the Acura Navigation System with 3D View, Acura Real-Time Traffic, Traffic Rerouting, and AcuraLink, while the Advance Package adds a DVD Rear Entertainment System and third-row USB ports. The MDX is also available with second-row captain’s chairs, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, and sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed seating. It does not come available with a premium 17-speaker surround sound system.

Pricing

Lexus GX 460

Starting at $51,680 MSRP

Acura MDX

Starting at $44,050 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550
We find that what constitutes “luxury” differs from driver to driver. Whether you prioritize style and technology or safety and fuel efficiency, you should get what you want without paying for more. That’s why Lexus starts with a well-equipped base model, and provides options for customization.

When comparing the 2017 Lexus LS 460 to the Mercedes-Benz S550, you’ll notice a big difference in price and a wide range of both standard and available features for each. If you’re looking for value and ability to customize, we think the Lexus is the better bet. Judge for yourself with our one-to-one comparison:

Safety and Tech

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS 460 comes standard with Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Destinations, and Remote app. This suite of technologies gives you instant response and connectivity whether you’re in the middle of Los Angeles or lost somewhere in the Valley. Additionally, all models are equipped with Intuitive Parking Assist, backup camera, LED daytime running lights, Navigation System with Remote Touch, Lexus Enform App Suite, and a 12.3-inch multimedia display.

Individual options include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic alert, Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, LED headlamps, and intelligent high beams. You can also add the Advanced Pre-Collision System Package, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Active Pedestrian Detection System, Lane Keep Assist, Drive Attention Monitor, and Low-Speed Collision Avoidance Assist.

Mercedes-Benz S550

The 2017 S550 comes standard with a backup camera, Collision Prevention Assist Plus Attention Assist, the Pre-Safe system, adaptive braking technology, predictive brake priming, and emergency-sensing Brake Assist.

Individual safety options include a Head-Up Display, heated windshield, Surround View System, and Night View Assist. The Driver Assistance Package adds Distronic Plus with steering assist, BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition, Pre-Safe Plus with rear collision detection, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Speed Limit Assist.

With an abundance of safety tech available, it’s a good idea to decide which features cover your bases without going overboard. For instance, L.A. drivers probably won’t find much use for a heated windshield.

Comfort and Convenience

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS 460 comes with a range of classic, luxe seating materials – from flaxen leather to light gray leather to black perforated leather. It also features a standard power moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor.

For the most deluxe experience, the Executive-Class Seating Package gives you Semi-Aniline Leather and Alcantara interior, four-zone climate control, climate-controlled front and rear outboard seats, and power-adjustable front and rear seats with memory and lumbar support. It also gives you a right-rear reclining seat with ottoman and multifunction shiatsu massage, Rear Seat Entertainment System, rear seat cool box, sunshades, wood and leather trim, and rear side-mounted airbags.

Mercedes-Benz S550

The 2017 S550 comes standard with power heated front seats with memory, power tilting/telescoping steering column, multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, panorama roof, interior ambient lighting, and heated wipers and side mirrors.

The Mercedes sedan is also available with an Executive Rear Seat Package, which includes four-zone climate control, power right-side foot rest, power rear seats, multi-contour outboard rear seats with “hot stone” massage, and reclining seat. You can also add a Rear Seat Entertainment system and a refrigerated box as individual options.

With many of the same interior features and an extra $20K+ on the price tag, Los Angeles drivers should consider whether the S550 is worth it. We think that one test drive of the LS will make up your mind, so get in touch today.

Pricing

Lexus LS 460

Starting at $72,520 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz S550

Starting at $96,600 MSRP