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2015 Lexus LS Comparison Near Fairfax, VA

Versus the 2015 Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class

When you get into high-end luxury sedans, it's a bit more crowded than you might think. The Lexus LS has some stiff competition when you pit it against the 2015 Audi A8 3.0T, BMW 7 Series 740i, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550. With this Fairfax area 2015 Lexus LS comparison, you'll see how this luxury sedan has an edge over the competition.

One of the first aspects of a luxury sedan that you may want to know is how much power is under the hood. With the 2015 Lexus LS, it offers a 4.6L V8 engine that gets 386 horsepower, which handily takes care of the 333 horsepower of the Audi A8's 3.0L V6 and 315 horsepower of the 7 Series' 3.0L inline V6. Offering you an 8-speed automatic transmission, the Lexus LS also bests the 7-speed transmission of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The helpful Hill-Start Assist Control1, which applies braking forces to the wheels while the LS is on an incline, comes standard across all models in this comparison except the Audi A8. One may think that the fact that the 2015 Lexus LS doesn't come standard with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) would be a disadvantage, but some drivers prefer the fuel efficiency and don't like the fact that AWD usually comes with quite a price tag on it.

Speed-sensitive power steering is available as an option on the Lexus LS and lightens the steering at low speeds and tightens up at high speeds, but you won't find it on the Audi A8. The available height adjustable Adaptive Variable Air Suspension is designed to enhance handling and comfort, but you once again won't find it on the Audi A8.

When it comes to interior flourishes that add both style and a touch of class, the 2015 Lexus LS offers a genuine wood interior trim and steering wheel. However, the LS also features aluminum interior trim, which you won't find on the Mercedes-Benz, and a genuine wood-trimmed steering wheel, which is either unavailable or optional on the Audi A8 And 7 Series. Surprisingly, the Lexus, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz all feature a DVD entertainment system that is sure to keep all passengers occupied, but it is only an option on the BMW 7 Series.

Safety plays a large part when driving such a sophisticated luxury sedan, and all four sedans offer the same safety features, as they should. However, added safety features are a much-welcome bonus. You won't find active headrests on the Audi A8, height adjustable front seat belt on the BMW 7 Series, or front fog lights on the Audi or Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Exterior mirrors that offer an integrated turn signal won't be found on the BMW 7 Series, and the 2015 Lexus LS is the only vehicle in this comparison to feature exterior automatic tilt-down mirrors that engage while you are in reverse.

When you compare the 2015 Lexus LS against the competition, it's quite clear who comes out on top. For all these reasons and more, visit your local Fairfax Lexus dealer and see everything else that the 2015 Lexus LS has to offer.


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1HAC is designed to help minimize backward rolling on steep ascents. It is not a substitute for safe driving judgment and practices. Factors including grade, surface conditions and driver input can all affect whether HAC will be effective in preventing a loss of control. See Owner's Manual for details.

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