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The Lexus brand aims to offer you a value proposition: Spend less for your next luxury car, while getting the same luxury, features and performance. But does the brand deliver? When you want a truly premium experience behind the wheel, there's just nothing quite like German engineered performance from Mercedes-Benz. In fact, when you compare them side-by-side, you can even see in the specs, features and options that the Mercedes-Benz is of a higher quality. For a more pleasurable drive. A more connected one. A safer one. Find out more below where we've compared the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class against the 2020 Lexus GS 350.
The Lexus GS is offered only as a sedan, but the midsize E-Class can be had in a variety of body styles! The stately sedan is perhaps the most popular choice, but here in California you can take advantage of the gorgeous two-door drop-top cabriolet, get a sportier look with the two-door coupe or pack more groceries and gear in the wagon. The longroof E-Class is particularly popular with families who want the performance of a Mercedes-Benz sedan with more storage space. With up to 64 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, you can fit more than three times as much cargo in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon compared to the trunk of the 2020 Lexus GS 350.
A power trunk lid comes standard on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Such a feature will cost you extra on the 2020 Lexus GS 350. And when you climb inside, you find even more technology advantages. Where the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers an available 12.3" all-video instrument cluster -- which can be customized to show all sorts of critical data, including navigation and maps, driver assist feedback and more -- an all-video instrument cluster isn't available on the 2020 Lexus GS 350.
And while both vehicles feature a touchscreen multimedia system with a center console touchpad, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, only the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers wireless charging and NFC smartphone connectivity. With these features, your smartphone will connect with near-field communication and begin charging as soon as you place it on the charging pad. These technologies aren't available on the 2020 Lexus GS 350 at all.
At the entry level, the 2020 Lexus GS 350 will make a bit more power, but the driving experience of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is more refined. With its standard, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets four more miles-per-gallon on the highway compared to the Lexus GS with its thirsty, naturally-aspirated V6. And with nearly the same amount of torque at the entry level, both cars feel similarly quick when leaving a stop. But, if you demand more power, step up to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E 450! That model gets an upgrade to a turbocharged V6 making 362 horsepower. With just the one engine option, the 2020 Lexus GS 350 just can't offer you that level of performance.
You'll have to look very closely at the subtle differences between complex driver assist features, but when you do, you'll see that the safety technology in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is superior. For example, both cars offer distance-pacing cruise control, but the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC cruise control system on the E-Class can also be equipped with steering support, lane change assistance and extended restart in stop-and-go traffic. That's a feature you might find particularly convenient on Southern California highways.
Neither will you find an automatic parking feature on the 2020 Lexus GS 350. But, with Active Parking Assist, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class can measure parking spaces to ensure the vehicle will fit, then shift, steer and brake automatically, essentially parking itself. And if it's a cramped parallel spot on a busy road, don't fret: this feature will automatically extract you from the spot, too. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers class-leading driver assist technology!
With a starting MSRP of $54,050, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a bit more costly than the entry-level 2020 Lexus GS 350. It's also a bit more refined, a bit more advanced and a bit more exciting. In short, we don't give two bits for this Lexus sedan. Head to Mercedes-Benz of Temecula to find the E-Class that's right for your family and take your test drive. But, once you do, you'll never be able to look at another luxury car quite the same way.
|2020 Mercedes-Benz E Class||2020 Lexus GS 350|
|Sedan, Coupe, Cabriolet, Wagon||Body Styles||Sedan|
|311 Horsepower / 280 lb-ft Torque||Standard Engine Power||255 Horsepower / 273 lb-ft Torque|
|Turbocharged Inline Four||Standard Engine Type||V6|
|23 MPG City / 32 MPG Highway||Fuel Economy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Highway|
|9-Speed Automatic||Transmission||8-Speed Automatic|
|Available Upgrade||All-Wheel Drive||Available Upgrade|
|Standard||Power Trunk Lid||Available Upgrade|
|Available Upgrade||All-Digital Instrument Cluster||Not Available|
|2019 Top Safety Pick+||IIHS Safety Awards||None|
|2020 Mercedes-Benz E Class|
|2020 Lexus GS 350|
|Sedan, Coupe, Cabriolet, Wagon|
|311 Horsepower / 280 lb-ft Torque|
|Standard Engine Power|
|255 Horsepower / 273 lb-ft Torque|
|Turbocharged Inline Four|
|Standard Engine Type|
|23 MPG City / 32 MPG Highway|
|20 MPG City / 28 MPG Highway|
|Power Trunk Lid|
|All-Digital Instrument Cluster|
|2019 Top Safety Pick+|
|IIHS Safety Awards|
*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.