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    Sep062017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs BMW 540i 

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs BMW 540i

    Drivers in Los Angeles who need a safe, reliable luxury sedan often want to know how the GS 350 compares to the competition. Lexus prides itself on safety and technology, so it’s a major contender if driver assistance technology is a must on your list.

    When comparing the 2017 Lexus GS 350 to the BMW 540i, we found that there are some major differences between the two models – namely, that BMW, in general, isn't quite up to speed on safety tech. Read our one-to-one comparison, then come take the GS 350 for a test drive:

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus GS 350

    Each model of the 2017 Lexus GS comes standard 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 are equipped with Lexus Enform Safety Connect, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, and a backup camera. The GS 350 is also available with Intuitive Parking Assist, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, and Heads-Up Display.

    BMW 540i

    The 2017 540i comes standard with programmable LED daytime running lights, BMW Assist eCall, and an Active Protection System that prepares cabin features (seatbelts, windows, etc.) for collision. But it does not come standard with any active driver assistance technology – not even a rearview camera – which is unusual for a car in the luxury segment. Further, the tech that it does offer isn't an all-inclusive package.

    For instance, the Driving Assistance Package ($1,800) adds a Head-Up Display, rearview camera, and active park distance control, while the Driving Assistance Plus Package ($1,400) adds Parking Assistant Plus and Surround View with 3D view. To get the same level of safety tech as the GS 350, you’ll easily add $5,000 to the BMW’s already-high sticker price.

    Performance

    Lexus GS 350

    The GS 350 and the 540i have comparable engines and fuel efficiency. The Lexus has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models have an 8-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive sedans have a 6-speed automatic transmission. According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 gets up to 29 MPG.

    BMW 540i

    The 2017 540i has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission that makes 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. It comes available with all-wheel drive, and gets up to 30 MPG.

    Eco-conscious drivers may want to note that the 2017 Lexus GS comes with a hybrid option (the 450h) while the BMW 5 Series does not.

    Pricing

    Lexus GS 350

    Starting at $50,365 MSRP

    BMW 540i

    Starting at $56,450 MSRP

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