2020 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2020 Lexus LS Series

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Safety

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The rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The LS Series doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The E-Class Sedan’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The LS Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the E-Class Sedan and the LS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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 lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the E-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The LS Series has not been tested, yet.

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 E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the E 450 4MATIC Sedan 4MATIC V6 gets better fuel mileage than the LS 500 AWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the E-Class Sedan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the LS Series Hybrid.

Brakes and Stopping

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The E-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the LS Series:

E-Class Sedan

LS Series

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The E-Class Sedan’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LS Series’ standard 50 series tires. The E-Class Sedan’s optional 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 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 E-Class Sedan’s 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 E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the LS 500h AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the LS 500h AWD (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Mercedes E-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 950 pounds less than the Lexus LS Series.

The E-Class Sedan is 1 foot shorter than the LS Series, making the E-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The E-Class Sedan has .7 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the LS Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The E-Class Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The LS Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The LS Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

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

The E-Class Sedan’s 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.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Lexus LS Series isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the E-Class Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the E-Class Sedan will cost $3570 to $4600 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 E-Class Sedan will be $19628 to $26078 less than for the Lexus LS Series.

Recommendations

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The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The LS Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Lexus LS Series by almost seven to one during the 2019 model year.

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