2020 Lexus LS Series vs. 2020 Maserati Ghibli

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LS Series 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 Maserati Ghibli doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The LS Series’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Ghibli doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The LS Series has standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The LS Series has a standard Auto-Stop that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Ghibli doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The LS 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 Ghibli doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The LS Series 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 Ghibli 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 LS Series and the Ghibli have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

The Lexus LS Series weighs 585 to 1103 pounds more than the Maserati Ghibli. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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

The LS Series’ corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Ghibli’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 2 times as many Lexus dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the LS Series’ warranty.

Engine

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The LS 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 9 more horsepower (354 vs. 345) than the Ghibli’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The LS 500’s standard 3.4 turbo V6 produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (442 vs. 428) than the Ghibli S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the LS Series gets better mileage than the Ghibli:

MPG

LS Series

RWD

500h 3.5 V6 Hybrid

25 city/33 hwy

500 3.4 turbo V6

19 city/30 hwy

AWD

500h 3.5 V6 Hybrid

23 city/31 hwy

500 3.4 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

Ghibli

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

S 3.0 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

AWD

S 3.0 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the LS Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The LS 500h’s fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ghibli (22.2 vs. 21.1 gallons).

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus LS Series, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Ghibli.

The LS 500h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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

LS Series

LS Series F-Sport

Ghibli

Ghibli S

Front Rotors

14 inches

15.7 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13.1 inches

14.1 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the LS Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Ghibli doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The LS Series F-Sport offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Ghibli doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The LS Series has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The LS Series’ height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the LS Series’ wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Ghibli (123 inches vs. 118 inches).

For better maneuverability, the LS Series’ turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Ghibli’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The LS Series uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Ghibli doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The LS Series has 3.3 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room and 5.7 inches more rear legroom than the Ghibli.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the LS Series’ available rear seats recline. The Ghibli’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the LS Series offers cargo security. The Ghibli’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Ghibli, the LS Series has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The LS Series 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 Ghibli doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the LS 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. (Your Lexus service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Ghibli can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the LS Series’ headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Ghibli’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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

A power rear sunshade is standard in the LS Series and power rear side window sunshades are optional to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Ghibli doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The LS Series has standard front air-conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Ghibli doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The LS Series offers optional massaging front and rear seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Ghibli.

The LS Series offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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