Comparison: Lexus GS vs. Acura RLX

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Los Angeles area drivers always sport the best and brightest new cars. The luxury midsize car class is no exception, and the 2018 Lexus GS is an excellent option for anyone wanting a luxury sports sedan. After reading through the following comparison between the 2018 Lexus GS and 2018 Acura RLX stop by Longo Lexus and test drive the GS for the full Lexus Experience.

Performance

Lexus GS

 

The 2018 Lexus GS has four different engine options. Starting with the rear-wheel-drive GS 300 powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, it produces 241 horsepower with 258 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Lexus GS 350 features a 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing 311 horsepower with 280 lb-ft of torque. The GS 450h has a 3.5-liter V6/electric engine, which produces 338 horsepower. Of all the GS variants, the 2018 Lexus GS F has the most powerful engine, a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, producing 467 horsepower (157 horsepower over the RLX) with 289 lb-ft of torque.

Acura RLX

The 2018 Acura RLX uses an aluminum-alloy V-6 engine that produces 310 horsepower with 273 lb-ft of torque, which is 157 horsepower and 12 lb-ft less torque less than the 2018 Lexus GS F. The 2018 Lexus GS outpaces the Acura RLX when it comes to power output.

Safety

Lexus GS

The International Institute of Highway Safety awarded the 2018 Lexus GS top ratings on roof strength, side impact, and front overlap impact. The 2018 Lexus GS also comes equipped with Lexus Safety System+ to ensure top quality safety, including features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with steering assist, lane keeping assist, auto high beams, and pedestrian detection.

Acura RLX

The 2018 Acura RLX safety features include standard anti-lock brakes, brake assist with tire pressure monitoring, and stability control which reduces engine output or applies brake pressure to help drivers maintain control of the car. Acura also received IIHS top ratings for roof strength, side impact, and front overlap impact.

Pricing

Lexus GS

Starting at $46,510 MSRP

Acura RLX

Starting at $54,900 MSRP

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