2020 Lexus GS Series vs. 2020 Porsche Panamera

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Safety

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To help make backing safer, the GS Series F Sport’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 Panamera doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The GS Series’ 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 Panamera doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the GS Series and the Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, night vision systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the GS Series 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the Panamera. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Panamera ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 26 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Porsche dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the GS Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked second.

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the GS 350 RWD 8-speed Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Panamera RWD Auto with its standard engine (20 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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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 Series 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 Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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The GS Series 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 Panamera; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the GS Series’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Panamera w/Rear Axle Steering’s (36.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The GS Series AWD’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Panamera Executive’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Lexus GS Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 1500 pounds less than the Porsche Panamera.

The GS Series is 6.7 inches shorter than the Panamera, making the GS Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Lexus GS Series amounts to more than styling. The GS Series has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Panamera (.28 to .35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the GS Series get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the GS 350 is quieter than the Panamera Turbo (40 vs. 45 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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The GS Series has a larger trunk than the Panamera with its rear seat up (18.4 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the GS Series easier. The GS Series’ trunk lift-over height is 28 inches, while the Panamera’s liftover is 29.7 inches.

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

Ergonomics

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The GS Series has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Panamera doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The GS Series’ 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 Panamera.

If the windows are left open on the GS Series 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 Panamera can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

Recommendations

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

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