2020 Lexus GS F vs. 2020 Tesla Model S

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Lexus GS F have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Tesla Model S doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lexus GS F are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Tesla Model S doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The GS F has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Model S doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To help make backing safer, the GS F’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Model S doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The GS F’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Model S doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The GS F has standard Safety Connect®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Model S doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the GS F and the Model S have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The GS F’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Model S’ (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 74 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GS F’s warranty.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Tesla vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Tesla is ranked 23rd.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The GS F’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel is 417.6 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Model S’ range is only 348 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only a 54% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 82 hours and 53 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the GS F’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Model S:

GS F

Model S

Front Rotors

14.9 inches

14 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The GS F has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Model S doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The GS F stops much shorter than the Model S:

GS F

Model S

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

124 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GS F has larger tires than the Model S (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 245/45R19). The GS F’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Model S (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. F:245/35R21 & R:265/35R21).

The GS F’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Model S’ standard 45 series tires.

The GS F has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Model S; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The GS F handles at .95 G’s, while the Model S pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the GS F’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Model S’ (36.8 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Lexus GS F may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 900 pounds less than the Tesla Model S.

Passenger Space

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The GS F has 2.5 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Model S.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the GS F offers cargo security. The Model S’ hatchback body style and non-lockable folding seat defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the GS F to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, tire rotation, radiator flush and brake pad replacement based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Tesla doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Model S.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Model S, the GS F has standard driver and 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 F offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Model S doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the GS F the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Lexus service department.) The driver of the Model S can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 F offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Model S doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The GS F’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Model S doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the GS F has standard extendable sun visors. The Model S doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the GS F to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Model S doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the GS F keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Model S doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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