2018 Genesis G80 vs 2018 Lexus GS 350

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2018 Genesis G80 vs 2018 Lexus GS 350

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The 2018 Genesis G80 enters its second year as part of the new stand-alone Genesis brand. This midsize luxury sedan has moved firmly into the space once reserved for Japanese and European luxury vehicles. When you visit the Clementon Genesis dealer, you'll appreciate the quality craftsmanship evident throughout the Genesis G80 that positions the automaker as a serious contender in the luxury segment. The 2018 Lexus GS 350 is a worthy rival to the Genesis G80, now in the fifth year of its current generation. Let's take a look at these two vehicles side by side and see which one is the best buy.

PRICE

When you buy a Genesis G80 at a dealership like the Clementon Genesis dealer, you know you're going to get value for your money. Not only does the Genesis G80 cost a lot less than the competition, it also includes standard features that are pricey extras on other luxury sedans, which makes the savings even greater. For now, we'll just look at the MSRP of each vehicle. The starting MSRP of the 2018 Genesis G80 is $41,750, while the 2018 Lexus GS 350 starts at $50,365. That's a difference of $8,615. If you'd like to keep that extra money in your wallet, the Genesis G80 is the best bet.

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The Genesis G80 comes in three trim levels, each with its own engine. The Lexus GS 350 is offered in only two trim levels with just one engine. The G80's base engine is a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 293 lb.-ft. of torque, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The GS 350's V6 puts out 311 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, also mated to an eight-speed automatic. While the two engines are matched in power, the G80's V6 generates 13 lb.-ft. more torque, which means there's more force available to spin the wheels. When you step up to either of the G80's other engines, it's no contest. The turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 puts out 365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 5.0-liter V8 cranks out an incredible 420 hp and 383 lb.-ft. We call that a clear win for the Genesis G80.

COMFORT

While both vehicles provide comfortable seating, taller passengers will prefer the Genesis G80 over the Lexus GS 350, because the G80 provides more head- and legroom in the front than its rival, the Lexus GS 350.

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STANDARD & OPTIONAL FEATURES

Standard and optional equipment help you get the most enjoyment and safety from your vehicle. Standard features for the 2018 Genesis G80 that aren't available with the 2018 Lexus GS 350 include HID headlights, a hands-free liftgate and remote engine start. Rain-sensing wipers are standard on the G80 and optional on the GS 350. A head-up display and fog lamps are optional features with the 2018 Genesis G80, but these features aren't available at all with the Lexus GS 350.



WARRANTY

This is a no-brainer. No other automaker can beat the warranty you'll get when you purchase a Genesis vehicle. The Genesis G80 comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. if you buy the 2018 Lexus GS 350, you'll only get a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

WARRANTY

No comparison of the Genesis G80 would be complete without mentioning its warranty. The G80 comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty that covers the whole car. The G80's warranty also includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Continental only gets a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty. The G80 has a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, while the Lincoln Continental's powertrain warranty is only good for 6 years and 70,000 miles. Finally, the G80's warranty includes free scheduled maintenance for 3 years and 36,000 miles. The Lincoln Continental provides owners with only the first scheduled maintenance visit.

IN THE END

When you look at the criteria that matter most, such as price, powertrain, features and warranty, it's clear that while the Lexus GS 350 is a good car, all in all, the Genesis G80 is the smartest buy for luxury sedan shoppers.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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