Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS F vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550

Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS F vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a luxury sedan that performs, usually want to compare models to see which really has a top-performing engine under its hood, and which is relying on its famous German name instead.

In the case of the 2017 Lexus GS F and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550, there’s a clear winner in terms of both performance and features. Review our one-to-one comparison, then come get behind the wheel of a GS F:

Performance

Lexus GS F

The 2017 GS F is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque, getting you from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers keep you in control on the road, while a Torque Vectoring Differential with three modes allows you to handle curves and turns with grace. The GS F also features the F-Adaptive Variable Suspension.

Mercedes-Benz E550

The 2017 Mercedes E550 has a 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 5 seconds. The rear-wheel drive luxury car has a 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The E550 features selective damping, perforated front brake discs, and sport-tuned suspension.

Features

Lexus GS F

In addition to being a legitimate performance car, the GS F comes equipped with entertainment and convenience features galore. It comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button start, LFA-inspired instrumentation, dual-zone climate control, Lexus Memory System (seats, mirrors, steering column), a power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and perforated leather interior trim.

The GS F also comes equipped with a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-res screen, Remote Touch controls, voice command, Lexus Enform App Suite, Bluetooth wireless tech, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver assistance technology.

Mercedes-Benz E550

The 2017 E550 features standard leather upholstery, heated power front seats, panorama roof with power tilt-and-slide, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, Bluetooth tech, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Premium leather and ventilated front seats are available as options only.

The E550 is standard with Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe, but other driver assistance technologies are available as upgrades only.

Lane keeping assist, intelligent high beams, and a rearview camera – all of which come standard on every model of the Lexus GS – can be added to the E550 with an option package.

Pricing

Lexus GS F

Starting at $83,940 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz E550

Starting at $60,650 MSRP

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Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550
We find that what constitutes “luxury” differs from driver to driver. Whether you prioritize style and technology or safety and fuel efficiency, you should get what you want without paying for more. That’s why Lexus starts with a well-equipped base model, and provides options for customization.

When comparing the 2017 Lexus LS 460 to the Mercedes-Benz S550, you’ll notice a big difference in price and a wide range of both standard and available features for each. If you’re looking for value and ability to customize, we think the Lexus is the better bet. Judge for yourself with our one-to-one comparison:

Safety and Tech

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS 460 comes standard with Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Destinations, and Remote app. This suite of technologies gives you instant response and connectivity whether you’re in the middle of Los Angeles or lost somewhere in the Valley. Additionally, all models are equipped with Intuitive Parking Assist, backup camera, LED daytime running lights, Navigation System with Remote Touch, Lexus Enform App Suite, and a 12.3-inch multimedia display.

Individual options include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic alert, Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, LED headlamps, and intelligent high beams. You can also add the Advanced Pre-Collision System Package, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Active Pedestrian Detection System, Lane Keep Assist, Drive Attention Monitor, and Low-Speed Collision Avoidance Assist.

Mercedes-Benz S550

The 2017 S550 comes standard with a backup camera, Collision Prevention Assist Plus Attention Assist, the Pre-Safe system, adaptive braking technology, predictive brake priming, and emergency-sensing Brake Assist.

Individual safety options include a Head-Up Display, heated windshield, Surround View System, and Night View Assist. The Driver Assistance Package adds Distronic Plus with steering assist, BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition, Pre-Safe Plus with rear collision detection, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Speed Limit Assist.

With an abundance of safety tech available, it’s a good idea to decide which features cover your bases without going overboard. For instance, L.A. drivers probably won’t find much use for a heated windshield.

Comfort and Convenience

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS 460 comes with a range of classic, luxe seating materials – from flaxen leather to light gray leather to black perforated leather. It also features a standard power moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor.

For the most deluxe experience, the Executive-Class Seating Package gives you Semi-Aniline Leather and Alcantara interior, four-zone climate control, climate-controlled front and rear outboard seats, and power-adjustable front and rear seats with memory and lumbar support. It also gives you a right-rear reclining seat with ottoman and multifunction shiatsu massage, Rear Seat Entertainment System, rear seat cool box, sunshades, wood and leather trim, and rear side-mounted airbags.

Mercedes-Benz S550

The 2017 S550 comes standard with power heated front seats with memory, power tilting/telescoping steering column, multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, panorama roof, interior ambient lighting, and heated wipers and side mirrors.

The Mercedes sedan is also available with an Executive Rear Seat Package, which includes four-zone climate control, power right-side foot rest, power rear seats, multi-contour outboard rear seats with “hot stone” massage, and reclining seat. You can also add a Rear Seat Entertainment system and a refrigerated box as individual options.

With many of the same interior features and an extra $20K+ on the price tag, Los Angeles drivers should consider whether the S550 is worth it. We think that one test drive of the LS will make up your mind, so get in touch today.

Pricing

Lexus LS 460

Starting at $72,520 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz S550

Starting at $96,600 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

A luxury sport sedan is the quintessential Los Angeles car – fast, sleek, and high-tech. Add to that a fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, and you’ve got the ideal ride for cruising the hills of L.A.

However, today’s ample market makes shopping for your perfect sports sedan easier said than done. To help you on your journey, we’ve put together a one-to-one review of the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, two class-leading luxury cars that have a lot in common at first glance. Read on to see which one comes out ahead:

Safety

Lexus IS Turbo

This year was a big one for Lexus because the automaker equipped most of its models with standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of features developed to assist drivers and reduce the chances of an accident. The LSS+ includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Additionally, each model comes with one year of complimentary Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect, a service that provides emergency response and assistance, whenever and wherever you need it.

The 2017 IS was also awarded a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning perfect scores in all crash tests except frontal, where it won four stars.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 C-Class has standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, rearview camera, and adaptive braking. However, its blind spot monitoring system is an optional feature on lower trim levels, and a surround-view camera and parking assist are available via premium packages only. The mbrace Secure, similar to Lexus’s Safety Connect, is included, but only for the first six months of ownership.

The Mercedes sport sedan model also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA but scored just four stars in evaluations for frontal crash and rollover.

Features

Lexus IS Turbo

All models of the 2017 IS have standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights, power moonroof, SmartAccess key with push-button start, and Drive Mode Select. Additionally, the model is equipped with dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone integration. Additionally, all models have available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power rear sunshade, backup camera, and heated steering wheel.

Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features included in the Premium, Premium Plus, Luxury, Navigation, and Navigation with Mark Levinson packages.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 Mercedes C300 has standard power front seats with memory, multi-function Nappa-leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, FrontBass sound system, Bluetooth technology, dual USB ports, HD Radio receiver, and in-dash CD player. Also, it features standard LED daytime running lights, though LED headlights are optional. The C-Class additionally has a number of available option packages as well as individual add-on features, including leather seating and heated front seats.

Pricing

Lexus IS Turbo

Starting at $37,825 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Starting at $39,500 MSRP

Comparison: 2016 Lexus IS vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Safety

Lexus IS

The all-new luxury sedan by Lexus has been thoroughly tested by both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

In 2016 the IIHS gave the 2016 Lexus IS its best possible scores in crash tests for moderate front overlap and side impacts and named its front crash prevention system advanced. Meanwhile, NHTSA gave the Lexus sedan its best 5-Star overall rating, with perfect scores in the test for rollover and side crash. Additionally, the organization recommended the Lexus IS technologies for rearview video systems, forward collision warning, lane departure warning.

The 300 model of the IS comes standard with stability control, electronic traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and anti-theft protection. Drivers may also opt for an electronic parking aid with camera.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

While the IIHS gave the C-Class good scores for moderate front overlap and side crash tests, it also reported that the vehicle’s headlight system is not up to par, with a poor rating. NHTSA gave the Mercedes sedan a 5-Star overall rating, with a best-possible score for side crash.

The C-Class comes standard with driver and passenger side airbag, as well as seat-mounted front side airbags, front & rear head curtain airbags and passenger airbag cutoff sensor. It also features a panic alarm and anti-theft system. Drivers can opt for a number of other deluxe upgrades for the C-Class.

Features

Lexus IS

For the price tag, the all-new IS is truly impressive in its standard features, including SiriusXM® for 90 days, HomeLink®, Lexus Enform Remote, Lexus Enform Service Connect, SIRI® eyes free, voice command and HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging. The IS also has leather trimmed steering wheel with mounted controls, a premium sound system, and illuminated entry system.

Drivers looking for a little more can experience truly advanced audio with the Mark Levinson® Audio, and convenient entertainment with a DVD system and the Lexus Enform App Suite®.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class comes standard with remote trunk access, heated exterior mirrors, perimeter lighting, rain sensor wipers, leather steering wheel, separate driver/front passenger climate controls and multifunction steering wheel. For entertainment, Drivers can also enjoy FrontBass® system and HD Radio™ receiver. Buyers looking to upgrade their vehicle can choose from premium options, such as 14-way power front passenger seat with memory, hands-free trunk access, leather seats, heated front seats and the Burmester premium sound system.

Fuel Economy

Lexus IS
200t (city – 22 mpg / highway – 33 mpg)*
300 AWD (city – 19 mpg / highway – 26 mpg)*
350 AWD (city – 19 mpg / highway – 28 mpg)*
350 F Sport  (city – 19 mpg / highway – 28 mpg)*

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
C300 Sedan (city – 25 mpg / highway – 34 mpg)
C300 4MATIC Sedan (city – 24 mpg / highway – 31 mpg)
C450 AMG (city – 21 mpg / highway – 29 mpg)
C63 AMG Sedan (city – 18 mpg / highway – 25 mpg)

Pricing

Lexus IS
200t : starting at $37,325 MSRP**
300 AWD: starting at $39,700 MSRP**
350: starting at $40,870 MSRP**
350 F SPORT: starting at $44,025 MSRP**

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
C300 Sedan: starting at $38,950 MSRP
C300 4MATIC Sedan: starting at $40,950 MSRP
C450 AMG: starting at $50,800 MSRP
C63 AMG Sedan: starting at $65,250 MSRP

*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.