Comparison: 2018 Lexus GS 350 vs 2018 Audi A6

Comparison: 2018 Lexus GS 350 vs 2018 Audi A6

If you’re in Los Angeles and shopping for a midsize luxury sedan, don’t forget to look beyond performance and features to factors that could indicate how happy you’ll be with your car three to five years down the line.

For instance, the 2018 Lexus GS 350 and the 2018 Audi A6 are close contenders, with similar size and power specs. But look at reliability and resale estimates, and you’ll see that one model is superior.

Below, we’ll run down all the differences between these two luxury sedans. See which one is right for you, then visit Longo Lexus to get the full GS 350 experience.

Reliability and Resale

Lexus GS 350

The 2018 Lexus GS tops Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards list for the luxury segment for the fourth year in a row. The source reports that the GS’s resale value at 36 months is about 46.5 percent of the original cost, and 32.5 percent at 60 months.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2017 Lexus GS (2018 figures are not yet available) scored a perfect five out of five points for Overall Quality and Predicted Reliability. Additionally, it earned perfect scores in nearly all categories pertaining to mechanical components, including Powertrain Quality and Body and Interior Quality. Regarding design, it also earned perfect scores in Body and Interior Quality.

Audi A6

The A6 didn’t make Kelley Blue Book’s list of luxury cars with the best resale value, and exact resale values are hard to corroborate. However, the A7 did come in second place, though it’s about $20K more than the A6 and the GS 350.

J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2017 Audi A6 three out of five points for Overall Quality and Predicted Reliability. In fact, it failed to earn five points in any category. The A6 earned four points for Mechanical Powertrain Quality and Mechanical Body Quality. The Audi sedan won just two points each for the Overall Quality of design and Body and Interior Quality of design.

Safety and Technology

Lexus GS 350

The 2018 Lexus GS comes standard with an array of next-generation technology aimed at keeping you safe and comfortable on the road. All models are equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

Additionally, all models feature auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors, a backup camera, Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years, and LED headlamps and daytime running lights. Each model also has features designed to limit distractions, including Remote Touch controls, Bluetooth wireless tech, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free.

Audi A6

The 2018 A6 comes standard with Audi pre sense basic (a collision preparation system), parking system plus with rearview camera, and Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. The A6 Premium Plus adds Audi side assist with pre sense rear, while the highest trim, Prestige, includes a parking system with a top view camera.

All models have Bluetooth wireless, but none come as well-equipped as the GS 350 in terms of safety technology that not only protects you in the event of a collision, but prevents accidents in the first place.

Pricing

Lexus GS 350

Starting at $50,365 MSRP

Audi A6

Starting at $49,700 MSRP

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Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350

Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350
The Lexus GS sedan is the quintessential car for drivers in Los Angeles who value quality and comfort above all else. The only issue is choosing a model from the impressive 2018 lineup.

In this review, we’ll give you all the features and specs of the 2018 Lexus GS 350. Keep in mind there’s also the turbocharged GS 300 and the hybrid GS 450h, which we’ll cover in another review.

Get all the details, then visit our convenient El Monte location for a test drive:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 GS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds. Rear-wheel drive models have an 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models have a 6-speed Paddle-Shift automatic.

The GS 350 also comes available with the F Sport Package, which includes additional driving modes, 19-inch alloy wheels, F SPORT-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, LFA-inspired instrumentation, interior details, and 14-inch two-piece front brake rotors with monoblock four-piston calipers. Individual options include orange brake calipers, Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering, and a TORSEN limited-slip differential.

RWD models have a fuel economy of 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, while AWD models get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

Comfort and Convenience

Each model of the 2018 GS has dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, a tilting and telescoping steering column, the Lexus Memory System, a power moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, 10-way power front seats, Remote Touch controls, and NuLuxe seating. The Premium Package adds a leather-trimmed interior, power rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. You can also add a heated steering wheel or power trunk as individual options.

Entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio, Siri Eyes Free with voice command, Bluetooth wireless tech, USB smartphone input, and the Lexus 12-speaker Premium Sound System. Individual options include the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, and Heads-Up Display. The Navigation Package includes a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen display, Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist.

Safety and Tech

Lexus equipped all models of the 2018 GS with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Additionally, the sedan is standard with LED headlamps and daytime running lights, a backup camera, and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect app. Intuitive Parking Assist is available as an individual option.

Pricing

Starting at $50,695 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus GS 350

Review Lexus GS 350

A Lexus sedan is like the perfect pair of shoes, because it can take you anywhere in style and comfort. Since drivers in Los Angeles know how to shop, they often come to Longo Lexus looking for the latest trends as well as everlasting classics.

In the case of the 2017 Lexus GS 350, it’s a stand-out in terms of styling and performance, but the interior is as cozy and comfortable as your favorite pair of kicks. Take one for a test drive, but first, read our full review:

Entertainment and Tech

Each model of the 2017 GS comes standard with an array of advanced features, including the Lexus 12-speaker Premium Sound System, Lexus Display Audio, Remote Touch controls, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth technology, Siri Eyes Free, and Lexus Service Connect and Remote apps.

Additionally, you have the option to add the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System as an individual feature. The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 12.30inch high-resolution multi-media display, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations for one year.

Safety

Lexus cares about your safety, first and foremost. As such, each model of the GS is equipped with a backup camera and the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of features is designed to work seamlessly together and includes Pre-Collison System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

All models of the GS also have LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and the option for Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Adaptive Front Lighting System, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Heads-Up Display.

Engine

The 2017 GS 350 has a sporty engine that you’ll want to take all over California. The luxury sedan is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque – going from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission, and comes available with all-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 gets 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 22 MPG combined.

Interior

Comfort is everything when you’re stuck in L.A. traffic. That’s why the GS has standard dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, power adjustable steering wheel, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, power moonroof, and 10-way power adjustable front seats.

The Premium Package adds leather-trimmed interior, power rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. The Luxury Package goes even further, adding embossed-stitch, perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, Gray Sapele wood and aluminum trim, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated rear seats, 18-way power adjustable front seats with butterfly headrests, Lexus Memory System for passenger’s seat, three-zone automatic climate control, and rear-door and power rear-window sunshades.

Pricing

Starting at $50,365 MSRP