2019 Maserati Ghibli vs. 2019 Lexus IS Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

The Ghibli offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The IS Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Ghibli and the IS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Ghibli’s engine. A rubber belt that needs periodic replacement drives the IS 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.’s camshafts. If the IS Series’ cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The battery on the Ghibli is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Ghibli’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The IS Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Ghibli has more powerful engines than the IS Series:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Ghibli 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli S 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

IS 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

IS 300 AWD 3.5 DOHC V6

260 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

IS 350 3.5 DOHC V6

311 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ghibli S is faster than the IS 350:

 

Ghibli

IS Series

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12 sec

13.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.9 sec

3.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

102 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ghibli’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The IS Series doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Ghibli has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the IS Series (21.1 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Ghibli has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The IS Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ghibli’s brake rotors are larger than those on the IS Series:

 

Ghibli

Ghibli S

IS Series

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12.2 inches

The Ghibli stops much shorter than the IS Series:

 

Ghibli

IS Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ghibli has larger standard tires than the IS Series (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 225/45R17). The Ghibli’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the IS Series (F:245/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. F:225/40R18 & R:255/35R18).

The Ghibli’s standard 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the IS Series’ standard 45 series tires. The Ghibli’s optional 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the IS Series’ optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the IS Series. The Ghibli’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the IS Series.

The Ghibli has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the IS Series, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ghibli’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The IS Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 7.8 inches longer than on the IS Series (118 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 4 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than on the IS Series.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the IS Series AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ghibli S Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the IS Series (25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ghibli a Large car, while the IS Series is rated a Compact.

The Ghibli has 17.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the IS Series (108 vs. 90.2).

The Ghibli has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the IS Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the IS Series (17.6 vs. 10.8 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghibli’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The IS Series doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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The Ghibli’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the IS Series.

The Ghibli’s 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 IS Series does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Ghibli and the IS Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Ghibli is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The IS Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Ghibli’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The IS Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Ghibli to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The IS Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

The Ghibli has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the IS Series. The Ghibli also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the IS Series.

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