Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 BMW 740i

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 BMW 740i

Subtlety is a refreshing quality in the City of Angels, which is why we see so many Los Angeles drivers looking for a luxury sedan with understated beauty and comfort above flashy styling and gimmicks. These drivers know that Lexus is the automaker for sophisticates with a taste for performance.

That’s not to say we don’t have competition, and sometimes it can be hard to choose among competitive segments. As such, we’ve put together a one-to-one comparison of two of the best luxury sedans on the market, the 2017 Lexus LS 460 and the 2017 BMW 740i. Read on to see which is the better choice for you:

Features

Lexus LS 460

The LS comes with a bevy of standard features, including SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control with smog sensor and air filtration, backup camera, and LED daytime running lights. Additionally, all models have a Navigation System with Remote Touch, Lexus Enform App Suite with 12.3-inch display, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. You also have the option to add a heated steering wheel and Mark Levinson 19-speaker Surround Sound Audio System with 7.1-channel architecture and DVD/CD player.

Also available are heated seating, power rear sunshade, power trunk, semi-aniline leather trim, four-zone climate control, and Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Blu-ray Disc and DVD player, 9-inch screens, and wireless headphones.

BMW 740i

The 2017 740i has standard Display Key with LCD touchscreen, four-zone climate control, two-panel moonroof, and rearview camera. It also has a Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio with multicast FM station reception, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, real-time traffic, and iDrive 6.0 with touchscreen and touchpad controller.

Drivers have the option to add a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound audio system with 16 speakers and panoramic moonroof with LED accent.

Safety

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS comes available with the Advanced Pre-Collision System Package, which includes Pre-Collision System with All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Active Pedestrian Detection System with infrared and stereo-camera technology, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Monitor with closed-eye detection, and Low-Speed Collision Avoidance Assist. This model also has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, LED headlamps with washers, and intelligent high-beams.

BMW 740i

The 740i has a rearview camera and ample safety and security features, similar to the LS, but active driver assistance tech is available only on upper trim levels within the 7 Series, which come at prices well above the LS. The 7 Series is available with cruise control with stop-and-go, blind spot detection, frontal collision warning, lane departure assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and 3D surround-view cameras.

Engine

Lexus LS 460

The LS 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear wheel drive models make 386 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque, while all-wheel drive models make 360 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque.

BMW 740i

The 2017 BMW 740i has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, making 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This model is also available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

Pricing

Lexus LS 460

Starting at $72,520 MSRP

BMW 740i

Starting at $81,500 MSRP

Comparison Lexus RC200t vs BMW 2 Series

Lexus Rc200t vs BMW 2 Series

If you’re in the market for a two-door luxury coupe, practicality probably isn’t a major concern. These cars are not built for passenger accommodation or cargo space, but rather performance and styling.

Coupes are all about the driving experience. They’re about style and performance. And if you want to get from A to B in style, then the Lexus RC200t or the BMW 2 Series might be exactly the car you’ve been looking for.

But how do the two cars compare? Let’s take a look.

Safety

Lexus RC200t
We’re all for traveling in style, but it’s also nice to have the reassurance that you can put the pedal to the metal without compromising safety.

The Lexus RC200t has received the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, passing all crash tests with flying colors.

The RC200t features the usual bevy of Lexus safety features. Standard items include LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights, an advanced braking system, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System with sport mode, Enform Safety Connect, backup camera with dynamic gridlines, eight airbags, rigid body structure with crumple zones, Hill-start Assist Control, LED taillamps, and Smart Stop technology. The safety-conscious can also opt to add a Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Cross-Traffic Alert, rain-sensing wipers, windshield wiper de-icer and headlamp washers.

BMW 2 Series
Much like the RC200t, the BMW 2 Series was the recipient of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, getting the best possible scores in all crash tests.

Its safety features are also robust. The 2 Series comes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), engine immobilizer, airbags, front safety belts with automatic pre-tensioners, Coded Driveway Protection, impact sensor, programmable daytime running lights, Tire Pressure Monitor, Anti-theft alarm system, and BMW Assist eCall™ with Emergency Request and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification.

Features

Lexus RC200t
Luxury two-door coupes are for those who want to have fun on the road, and if that’s what you’re looking for in a car, the RC200t won’t disappoint.

Standard entertainment features include Siri® Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth audio technology, HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.

The RC200t’s optional features aren’t anything to sneeze at, either. You can opt to add the Enform App Suite, voice command, Fuel Guide, Sports and Stocks, Navigation System with Voice Activation, and a Mark Levinson® surround sound audio system if entertainment is your thing.

But if that still isn’t enough fun, the F Sport models come with a lot of extras, such as the LFA-inspired digital instrumentation, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Sport S+ driving mode, drive mode select, as well as G-Force and Turbo-Boost Displays.
The base model interior features a leather trim with NuLuxe seating, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone climate control with smog sensor, Personalized Settings, electrochromic inside mirror with compass, ambient lighting, and illuminated door handles.

F Sport models come with badged steering wheel and shift knob, bolstered seats, sport exterior styling, as well as heated and ventilated front seats.

BMW 2 Series
Shoppers looking at the BMW 2 Series will notice the base model lack the maby standard featres found in the RC 200t. The 2 Series interior features SensaTec vinyl upholstery, high-gloss black plastic trim, as well as eight-way manual adjustable front sport seats.

As far as entertainment is concerned, the 2 Series comes with a HiFi sound system and Radio Data System (RDS), HD Radio™ with multicast FM reception, pre-wiring for SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Tuner, Bluetooth technology, and iDrive with and a 6.5-inch display.

Outside, you’ll find Y-Spoke alloy wheels, halogen free-form front fog lights, chrome-line exterior-trim and sport kidney grille.

Fuel Economy

Lexus RC200t
22 MPG city / 32 MPG highway / 26 MPG combined

BMW 2 Series
23 MPG city / 35 MPG highway / 27 MPG combined

Pricing

Lexus RC200t
Base: starting at $39,995 MSRP
Sport Model – RC 300 F Sport: starting at $46,310 MSRP

BMW 2 Series
Base: starting at $32,850 MSRP
Sport Model – M240i xDrive Coupe: starting at $46,150 MSRP

Comparison: The Lexus RX vs. BMW X5

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Safety

Lexus RX

In 2016 the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Lexus RX best possible scores in all crash tests, including small and moderate overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraint and seats. It’s crash mitigation system also received superior scores. The 2016 RX earned the title of Top Safety Pick, as one of the best rated Luxury SUVs, from the organization.

The Lexus crossover comes standard with electronic stability control, traction control, anti-theft system, and a 10-standard airbag system, covering driver, passenger, side and rear. Additionally, the RX comes with child safety locks and road-side assistance.

Premium safety options include pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, panoramic view monitor, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect.

BMW X5
The 2016 X5 has not been fully evaluated by the IIHS, but it received good scores in tests for moderate front overlap and side crash.

The X5 comes standard with an airbag system, seatbelts, child safety locks and HID headlamps. Also, drivers can benefit from traction control, security system, electronic stability control and rear-view parking assistance.

Premium options on the all-new X5 include night vision and a backup camera.

Features

Lexus RX
Standard on the 2016 Lexus RX is cruise control, auto-off headlamps, keyless start, universal garage door opener, climate control and privacy glass. The all-new RX also comes with an impressive standard entertainment system for the serious listener, whether it’s Bach or Beyonce.

For the latest and greatest in technology, drivers may also opt for the Lexus Enform App Suite, voice command, Mark Levinson® Premium Surround System, deluxe navigation and dual-screen rear entertainment system.

Drivers can also get a luggage rack, sun and moon roof and trailer hitch receiver on premium models of the RX.

BMW X5
The crossover from BMW offers standard intermittent wipers with variable speed, rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors with memory, rear parking aid, universal garage door opener, navigation and a power liftgate. For entertainment, drivers can enjoy AM/FM radio, CD player and a Bang and Olufsen sound system, for an upcharge.

Premium models of the X5 may also come with rear-seat entertainment system, heated driver seat, leather seats, and a sunroof.

Fuel Economy

Lexus RX
RX 350: (city 20 / highway 28)*
RX 450h: (city 31 / highway 30)*

BMW X5
X5 xDrive35i: (city 18 / highway 24)
X5 xDrive50i: (city 15 / highway 21)

Pricing

Lexus RX
RX 350: starting at $41,900 MSRP**
RX 450h: starting at $52,235 MSRP**

BMW X5
X5 xDrive35i: starting at $57,000
X5 xDrive50i: starting at $71,500

*2016 EPA-estimated ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
**MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee of $950. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price will vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.