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

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Review: 2017 Lexus LS 460

Los Angeles Review Lexus LS 460

Lexus drivers know how to look past the hype and see a car for its true value, while Los Angeles is a city of discerning tastes. It makes sense, then, that drivers in the City of Angels love the LS, the quintessential luxury sedan that’s all substance, no nonsense.

Plus, each year gets better than the last, so check out the 2017 Lexus LS 460 at Longo Lexus. But come prepared and read our full review first:

Features

The LS 460 comes standard with deluxe features, including a Thin Film Transistor color multi-information display, Lexus Navigation with SD memory card, Lexus Enform infotainment and app suite, 10-speaker premium sound system, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, SmartAccess key fob, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free. Optional features include a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with surround sound, rear seat entertainment system with Blu-ray, DVD, and wireless headphones, and Sport S+ and comfort driving modes. The Lexus LS also comes with Enform Service Connect for remote access of your vehicle’s status and needs.

Styling and Interior

The LS will look current for years to come, with an understated spindle grille, stand-out hood, and tapered rear that add up to a classic silhouette. In fact, you may never want to trade it in (but if you do, know that the LS 460 has great resale value). It glides on 18-inch wheels with hollow spokes for noise reduction, and when you look up, you’ll always have a great view of the California sky through the tilt-and-slide moonroof. The LS also features and illuminated entry system, power sunshade, power doors and trunk, and 16-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

Drivers who choose the F Sport model add a front bumper with enhanced detailing, F Sport badging, and signature lower and upper grille inserts. The LS 460 Nightfall Edition features the Nightfall Mica exterior finish and L Select Dark Brown semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, in addition to premium interior features.

Safety

Each model of the LS is designed to protect its passengers, with a rigid body structure with crumple zones, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, high-performance Brembo brakes, backup camera with gridlines, intuitive parking assist, and Smart Stop technology, among other features. You can also add the Advanced Pre-Collision System package, which includes automatic brake assist and pedestrian detection. Lane-keep assist, dynamic radar cruise control, blind-spot monitor, LED headlights, and intelligent high-beam headlights are all optional.

Engine

You can choose between the base rear-wheel drive LS 460 or an all-wheel drive model. Both are powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine, which makes 360 horsepower with four-wheel drive and adds 26 horses when you choose rear-wheel drive. Both options are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing

Starting at $72,520 MSRP