2020 Mercedes CLS vs. 2020 Lexus LS Series

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Safety

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

Warranty

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There are over 59 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CLS’ warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the CLS first among midsize premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The LS Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

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The CLS 450’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 8 more horsepower (362 vs. 354) than the LS 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mercedes CLS is faster than the Lexus LS Series:

CLS

LS 500h

LS 500

Zero to 60 MPH

4.9 sec

5.5 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.1 sec

14.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.5 MPH

98 MPH

101.2 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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

CLS

LS Series

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13.1 inches

The CLS stops shorter than the LS Series:

CLS

LS Series

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the CLS has larger rear tires than the LS Series (275/35R19 vs. 245/50R19).

The CLS’ standard 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LS Series’ standard 50 series tires. The CLS’ optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the LS Series F Sport’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The CLS’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The LS Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The CLS 450 4MATIC handles at .90 G’s, while the LS 500h AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CLS 450 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the LS 500h AWD (25.8 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Mercedes CLS may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 850 pounds less than the Lexus LS Series.

The CLS is 9.7 inches shorter than the LS Series, making the CLS easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Mercedes CLS amounts to more than styling. The CLS has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the LS Series (.27 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the CLS get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The CLS has .9 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the LS Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The CLS’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The LS Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes CLS offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The LS Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The CLS’ optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The LS Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the CLS owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CLS will cost $435 to $1845 less than the LS Series over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes CLS will be $2089 to $7888 less than for the Lexus LS Series.

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the CLS second among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The LS Series isn’t in the top three.

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