Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS F vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550

Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS F vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a luxury sedan that performs, usually want to compare models to see which really has a top-performing engine under its hood, and which is relying on its famous German name instead.

In the case of the 2017 Lexus GS F and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550, there’s a clear winner in terms of both performance and features. Review our one-to-one comparison, then come get behind the wheel of a GS F:

Performance

Lexus GS F

The 2017 GS F is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque, getting you from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers keep you in control on the road, while a Torque Vectoring Differential with three modes allows you to handle curves and turns with grace. The GS F also features the F-Adaptive Variable Suspension.

Mercedes-Benz E550

The 2017 Mercedes E550 has a 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 5 seconds. The rear-wheel drive luxury car has a 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The E550 features selective damping, perforated front brake discs, and sport-tuned suspension.

Features

Lexus GS F

In addition to being a legitimate performance car, the GS F comes equipped with entertainment and convenience features galore. It comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button start, LFA-inspired instrumentation, dual-zone climate control, Lexus Memory System (seats, mirrors, steering column), a power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and perforated leather interior trim.

The GS F also comes equipped with a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-res screen, Remote Touch controls, voice command, Lexus Enform App Suite, Bluetooth wireless tech, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver assistance technology.

Mercedes-Benz E550

The 2017 E550 features standard leather upholstery, heated power front seats, panorama roof with power tilt-and-slide, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, Bluetooth tech, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Premium leather and ventilated front seats are available as options only.

The E550 is standard with Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe, but other driver assistance technologies are available as upgrades only.

Lane keeping assist, intelligent high beams, and a rearview camera – all of which come standard on every model of the Lexus GS – can be added to the E550 with an option package.

Pricing

Lexus GS F

Starting at $83,940 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz E550

Starting at $60,650 MSRP

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Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Lincoln MKX

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Lincoln MKX

When shopping for a luxury SUV, we find that modern drivers are more concerned about safety and fuel efficiency than anything else, because what they’re really looking for is a family vehicle that’s a stylish, practical alternative to a minivan.

If you’re in Los Angeles and need an SUV for the whole crew, it’s important to look at all the details and compare models before deciding. Our one-to-one comparison of the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the 2017 Lincoln MKX reveals some significant differences between these two luxury family vehicles:

Safety and Tech

Lexus RX 350

Lexus cares about the safety of you and your family, so every model of the 2017 RX is equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. Additionally, all models come with a backup camera, bi-LED headlamps, LED foglamps and daytime running lights, and a Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency assistance plan.

Further, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lexus SUV a Top Safety Pick+ and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Lincoln MKX

If you want driver assistance technology, you’ll need to upgrade to the most expensive trim (Reserve), and even then, the features that are standard on all models of the RX are available only as options. The 2017 MKX Reserve comes available with a 360-degree camera with Split-View Display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Steering, Blind Spot Information System, Enhanced Park Assist, Forward Sensing System, Lane-Keeping System, and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

While the NHTSA gave the 2017 MKX a 5-Star Overall Rating and the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick, the Lincoln SUV didn’t score well enough in IIHS tests to earn that + on the title.

Performance and Efficiency

Lexus RX 350

The 2017 RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The RX 450h is a hybrid model that combines a 3.5-liter V6 with a 123-kW electric motor, making a net 308 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. The RX 350 has optional all-wheel drive, while it’s standard on the hybrid model.

The EPA estimates that the RX 350 FWD gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and the RX 450h gets 31 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Lincoln MKX

The 2017 MKX comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, making 303 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, or optional with a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that makes 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and come with the option for all-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the regular V6 AWD guzzles up to 16 MPG city and 23 MPG highway, while the twin-turbocharged AWD option gets up to 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350

Starting at $43,220 MSRP

Lincoln MKX

Starting at $38,260 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

There’s nothing quite like driving a luxury sports coupe through the hills of Los Angeles, and drivers who want to live the dream can do so today by visiting Longo Lexus.

You may even be surprised to learn that one of our most fun-to-drive models is also one of our least expensive, so there’s no excuse not to come take a 2017 Lexus RC Turbo for a test drive. Check out our full review, then visit us for the full experience:

Performance and Accessories

Under the hood, the 2017 RC Turbo has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 7.3 seconds. According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2017 RC is the most fuel-efficient cars in its class, getting a combined 26 MPG.

The 2017 RC is also available with the F Sport package, which includes specially tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension and Sport S+ drive mode, two-piece front brake rotors with high-friction brake pads, a Vehicle Dynamics Management System with Sport mode, turbo-boost gauge, active sound control, and 19-inch split-10-spoke alloy wheels. In Sport mode, a G-force sensor kicks in to choose the best gear for performance, making you feel like a professional behind the wheel.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2017 Lexus RC comes standard with NuLuxe interior trim, dual-zone climate control, a tilting/telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, Lexus Display Audio, premium 10-speaker audio, Bluetooth wireless tech, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, all models are available with a power moonroof.

Talk to your Longo Lexus rep about the features available in the Premium, Luxury, Navigation, Navigation + Mark Levinson Audio, All Weather, and F Sport packages. Premium interior options include heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather trim, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat and mirrors, heated steering wheel, 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, and a Navigation System with DVD/CD player, multimedia display, and Lexus Enform App Suite.

F Sport accessories also include F Sport seats with enhanced bolsters, perforated leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, LFA-inspired instrumentation, and interior detailing.

Safety and Technology

Each model of the 2017 Lexus RC is equipped with Scout GPS Link navigation, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling, LED daytime running lights, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote. All models are also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, LED foglamps, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Pricing

Starting at $40,155 MSRP