The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Lexus GS compete for your attention with their exquisitely designed cabins and visionary performance technology. Case in point: the new E-Class will almost drive for you.
Whether you've got luxury on the brain or you simply want to combine family-friendly space with a supercharged performance, these upscale models come through for you. Read on to discover how they stack up against one another.
Infotainment & Convenience
There's a lot to like about the GS and its timesaving convenience features. The Remote Touch infotainment interface includes a 12.3 inch display screen that makes operations quick and easy. Use voice controls to browse music options or send text messages. In the Lexus GS, looking away from the road is a thing of the past. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class treats you to full smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, displaying oft-used apps directly on the central COMAND® display. However, the E-Class touchpad controller can take a little getting used to. It's separate from the infotainment screen, much like the mouse on a modern laptop.
The newly redesigned E-Class cabin is nothing short of exquisite. The dash stretches from one door to the other, creating a sleek, modern vibe. The E-Class's multi-contour seats will have you looking forward to spending hours in the saddle. And then there's the E-Class's expansiveness. When you pack up your tallest friends and head into the sunset, you'll hear nary a complaint about head or leg room. The Lexus GS might be a sport sedan, but it aims to please with snug, supportive seating. Like the E-Class, the GS delivers an incredibly quiet ride, with a cabin so hushed that your carpool companions can meditate all the way to work. The GS suspension is tuned for athleticism, however. This means that the E-Class's silky smooth ride out-comforts the competition.
When it comes to safety, Mercedes-Benz has long played the innovator while other manufacturers scrambled to keep up. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class leads the way with the Pre-Safe system, which senses an oncoming crash and quickly prepares the vehicle for maximum crash worthiness by tightening seatbelts, closing windows, and adjusting the front passenger seat. The adaptive cruise control system includes steering and lane-change assist. In stop-and-go traffic, it effectively drives for you by keeping tabs on the vehicle in front of you and adjusting your speed accordingly. This year, the Lexus Safety System+ driver aids are standard equipment, and all Lexus GS models treat you to the wonders of blind-spot alert. Use it to ensure there's nobody in your blind spot before you switch lanes. The automatic emergency braking feature can detect pedestrians - a feature that's certain to come in handy as you travel through downtown hotspots after dark. Still, the E-Class package is top-notch, even compared to the Lexus.
The E-Class cuts to the front of the line with its superlative engine lineup. Choose from a range of high-end powertrains, one of which - in the E 550 coupe - will go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Moreover, the E-Class combines all-out luxury power with streamlined ride comfort. It's the right model for those who want the athleticism to slice through crowded city streets without sacrificing the floaty feel of a traditional luxury sedan. The Lexus GS makes no bones about being a sport sedan. From a standing stop, you can certainly get up to speed in a flash - though perhaps not as flashy as in some of the E-Class models. The GS gives up some of its luxury-car comfort in the ride quality department, erring on the side of sportiness.
Both luxury models have their high points, but the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class proved to be a formidable competitor. The E-Class's multi-contour front seats, for example, feel like nothing else on the road. Innovative safety features take your ride to another level of cool and confident. As you make your way through stop-and-go traffic or down the open highway, you can take advantage of the adaptive cruise control system, which automatically adjusts your speed according to traffic. What could be more luxurious than a car that practically drives itself?