2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class VS 2018 Lexus GS

There’s a class of luxury midsize cars that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the models of both Mercedes-Benz and Lexus deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2018 Lexus GS, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2018 Lexus GS. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Lexus side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. 2018 Lexus GS: Performance

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class can still bring the noise. The standard engines in the sedan and coupe feel quick, and the two performance-oriented models can really hustle. The ride is cushioned, and the E-Class lets you take corners with confidence. The Mercedes-Benz E 300 sedan is powered by a 241-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A nine-speed automatic transmission comes standard. Some base engines aren’t worth your time, but that’s not the case here. It has plenty of power for driving around town or on the highway, and it feels relatively quick from the driver’s seat. The E-Class provides sharp steering and has the chops for confident cornering. There’s little body lean, and the ride is smooth. You can also choose between five driving modes that tune the ride more for comfort or performance, depending on your preference.

The 2018 Lexus GS is a delight to drive. The base engine, a turbocharged four-cylinder, is a good companion for cruising. The midlevel GS 350 comes with a naturally aspirated V6 engine that feels much meatier. The GS F boosts performance dramatically with a 467-horsepower V8. An eight-speed automatic transmission accompanies each engine. Powering the base GS 300 is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This 241-horsepower engine is turbocharged and can get the car up to speed in a decent amount of time. The GS is a rear-wheel-drive sedan, with the option to add all-wheel drive to GS 350 models. This sedan feels stable and predictable, with handling that fluctuates from the easygoing GS 300 to the sporty GS F. The GS 350 makes for a nice middle ground.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. 2018 Lexus GS: Feature Comparison

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is absolutely top-notch inside. You’ll love the stylish design, and the quality of materials is second to none. The well-shaped front seats provide all-day support and comfort, it’s a terrific place to spend time. There are more tech features than you’ll know what to do with, including more than a dozen active safety features. Standard features in the E-Class include a power sunroof (except in convertible models), dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, driver drowsiness monitoring, crosswind assist, and active brake assist. Mercedes-Benz COMMAND® infotainment system, which is standard, features a 12.3-inch display, voice controls, steering wheel-mounted controls, navigation, *Bluetooth®, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and two USB ports. The COMMAND® infotainment system is easy to use and the displays are easy to see from the driver’s seat. The E-Class’ litany of active safety features – including driver drowsiness monitoring and crosswind assist – aren’t found in many rivals.

The cabin of the 2018 Lexus GS is sophisticated and sumptuous. It seats five people and comes standard with Lexus’ NuLux upholstery (a synthetic leather) and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Seating is cushy and adults can easily stretch out in either the front or back. An abundance of tech and safety features come standard, but the awkward infotainment controller casts a shadow on an otherwise elegant setup. Its standard infotainment system is comprised of an 8-inch display screen, a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, *Bluetooth®, a USB port, a DVD player, HD Radio, satellite radio, and Siri Eyes Free. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, LED ambient lighting, a proximity key, and push-button start are also included. The Lexus GS’ infotainment interface is reasonably intuitive, but it can be distracting for the driver due to the mouselike controller pad between the seats.

*Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. 2018 Lexus GS: Overall Comparison

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the highest-rated luxury midsize cars. It has a lineup of powerful turbocharged engines, poised handling, and a comfortable ride quality. You can also argue that it has the nicest interior in the class. There are few features and technologies that the E-Class doesn’t offer, and the seats provide all-day comfort. Because of its wealth of amenities, perfect safety scores, and general praise from automotive critics, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class qualifies as an excellent car. It’s worth a look for every luxury midsize car shopper.

The 2018 Lexus GS boasts a spacious, elegant cabin and a wealth of standard features. It’s a great car, but it gets a midpack ranking because some rivals are better overall. The GS has sporty and engaging handling, and a comfortable ride makes its performance incredibly well rounded. One of the few downsides to this vehicle is its convoluted infotainment controls. The display is not a touch screen, and most settings are accessed using a distracting mouselike controller. If you’re looking for an upscale sedan, the GS should be on your short list.

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