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.
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.
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.
Lexus GS 350
Starting at $50,365 MSRP
Starting at $49,700 MSRP