Lexus LS 460 vs. BMW 740

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - January 27, 2016

Buyers of full-size luxury sedans have it pretty good these days. In this rarified arena, there are no losers and it's a contest to see which is the more complete car. BMW's redesigned 7 Series used to be the most performance-oriented luxury sedan around, while the Lexus LS buffered passengers from the outside world in a beautifully-finished cabin. Is that still the case, or have their paths converged?

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What the BMW 740i Gets Right

The BMW 740i might be the least expensive model of the 7 Series range, but it's far from cheap. Its engine makes do with only six cylinders, but BMW's inline-sixes are among the best in the business, and turbocharging gives the car a nice blend of athleticism and fuel efficiency. The recently redesigned 7 Series also sees a big weight reduction thanks to BMW's new Carbon Core construction and additional lightweight materials.

BMW interiors have also come a long way from the austere environments they used to be, and the 740i's huge back seat beats the LS by several inches. Although controls are some of the most confounding around -- BMW's iDrive is still far from perfect, but you can do a lot with it if you know how to use it.

What the Lexus LS 460 Gets Right

The Lexus LS 460 is still a pinnacle of refinement. The cabin is silent and well-appointed. If there's one thing, the LS is capable of silently transporting passengers in some of the best comfort this side of a private jet. What's more, its F Sport package adds a touch of sportiness that the 740i simply doesn't offer.

Its V8 does provide more grunt than the BMW's turbo six, though, and it will please traditionalists who believe a full-size luxury sedan should have a V8. The LS also has optional all-wheel drive on its side, whereas the 740i doesn't even offer it. On the flip side, this V8 is significantly thirstier than the Bimmer's six-cylinder. The level of technology is high, and while controls are typically complicated, they're still more simple than the BMW's iDrive.

Which is the More Complete Luxury Sedan?

The Lexus used to offer serious value for money, but that's not the case anymore. The 740i isn't far off the LS460's base price and BMW no longer charges extra for every minor feature. On top of that, BMW's option list also provides a greater degree of personalization. The 740i's better fuel efficiency contributes to it being a better cruiser, too.

Our Verdict: BMW 740

BMW has made the 7 Series softer in recent years, but Lexus hasn't made the LS that much more athletic. As an overall package, the 740i takes the prize.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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