2019 Lexus GS Series vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Lexus GS Series are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lincoln Continental has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The GS Series has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Continental doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the GS Series helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Continental doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the GS Series and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The GS Series’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Continental’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 20th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the GS 350 is faster than the Lincoln Continental 3.0 twin turbo V6:

 

GS Series

Continental

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

99.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the GS Series gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

 

 

 

MPG

GS Series

 

RWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

F Sport 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

 

350 3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/28 hwy

 

 

F Sport 350 3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

350 3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

Continental

 

FWD

3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

3.7 DOHC V6

16 city/24 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus GS Series, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Brakes and Stopping

The GS Series’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Continental are solid, not vented.

The GS Series stops much shorter than the Continental:

 

GS Series

Continental

 

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The GS Series F Sport’s 265/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Continental Select/Reserve’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The GS Series has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Continental’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

The GS Series’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the Continental’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the GS Series more stable handling and braking.

The GS 350 handles at .94 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GS 350 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Continental Black Label AWD (25.4 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GS Series’ turning circle is 7 feet tighter than the Continental’s (34.8 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The GS Series AWD’s turning circle is 6.4 feet tighter than the Continental’s (35.4 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Lexus GS Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 650 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The GS Series is 9.3 inches shorter than the Continental, making the GS Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the GS 350 is quieter than the Continental Reserve AWD (64 vs. 67 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The GS Series has a much larger trunk than the Continental (18.4 vs. 16.7 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the GS Series offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the GS Series is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Continental. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 11% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Continental, the GS Series offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GS Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Continental does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The GS Series has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Continental doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The GS Series offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Continental doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the GS Series is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the GS Series owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the GS Series with a number “1” insurance rate while the Continental is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

The GS Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the GS Series will retain 40.38% to 44.69% of its original price after five years, while the Continental only retains 38.61% to 40.36%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GS Series is less expensive to operate than the Continental because it costs $243 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the GS Series than the Continental, including $532 less for a muffler, $54 less for front brake pads and $247 less for front struts.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Lexus GS Series and the Lincoln Continental, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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