2020 Lexus LS Series vs. 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LS Series 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 Rolls-Royce Ghost doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The LS Series has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Ghost offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 Ghost doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The LS Series offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Ghost doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The LS Series’ blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Ghost doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the LS Series’ 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 Ghost doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the LS Series and the Ghost have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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

The LS Series’ corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Ghost’s (6 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 7 times as many Lexus dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the LS Series’ warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

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

Ghost

RWD

6.6 turbo V12

12 city/18 hwy

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the LS Series Hybrid’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 Ghost doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Ghost.

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 Ghost doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

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The LS 500 handles at .88 G’s, while the Ghost pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The LS 500 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Ghost (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the LS Series’ turning circle is 7.2 feet tighter than the Ghost’s (36.8 feet vs. 44 feet). The LS Series AWD’s turning circle is 6.5 feet tighter than the Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s (39.4 feet vs. 45.9 feet).

Chassis

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The Lexus LS Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 650 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The LS Series is 8.7 inches shorter than the Ghost, making the LS Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the LS Series has standard flush composite headlights. The Ghost has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

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 Ghost doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

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The LS 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 Ghost doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The LS Series’ front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Ghost’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Ghost doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the LS Series’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Ghost doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Ghost doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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