2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom vs. 2019 Lexus LS Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Both the Phantom and LS Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Phantom has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The LS Series’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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

An active infrared night vision system standard on the Phantom 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 and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The LS Series doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Phantom and the LS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom weighs 551 to 1047 pounds more than the Lexus LS Series. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Phantom comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The LS Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Phantom for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the LS Series.

Engine

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The Phantom’s standard 6.8 turbo V12 produces 209 more horsepower (563 vs. 354) than the LS 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 147 more horsepower (563 vs. 416) and 222 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 442) than the LS 500’s standard 3.4 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Rolls-Royce Phantom uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The LS Series requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Phantom has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the LS Series’ standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 21.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Phantom has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the LS Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 22.2 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Phantom has larger standard tires than the LS Series (255/45R22 vs. 245/50R19). The Phantom’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the LS Series (285/45R21 vs. 245/45R20).

The Phantom’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LS Series’ standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Phantom has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the LS Series. The Phantom’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the LS Series.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Phantom uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the LS Series, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Phantom offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Lexus doesn’t offer an active suspension on the LS Series.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Phantom’s wheelbase is 16.8 inches longer than on the LS Series (139.8 inches vs. 123 inches). The Phantom EWB’s wheelbase is 25.5 inches longer than on the LS Series (148.5 inches vs. 123 inches).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Phantom a Large car, while the LS Series is rated a Mid-size.

The Phantom has 16.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the LS Series (116 vs. 99.4).

Cargo Capacity

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The Phantom has a much larger trunk than the LS Series (19 vs. 17 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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

The Phantom has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the LS Series.

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