Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Maserati Ghibli VS 2016 Lexus GS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Maserati Ghibli

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2016 Lexus GS

Safety Comparison

Both the Ghibli and the GS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the Ghibli is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Ghibli’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GS Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

The Ghibli has more powerful engines than the GS Series:



Ghibli 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli S 3.0 turbo V6

404 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

GS 200t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

GS 350 3.5 DOHC V6

311 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

GS 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

338 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Ghibli S is faster than the Lexus GS Series:


GS 350

GS 450h

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

5.5 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104.8 MPH

100.9 MPH

101.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

Regardless of its engine, the Ghibli’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 GS Series Hybrid.

The Ghibli has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the GS Series (21.1 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Ghibli has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GS Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Ghibli’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GS Series:


Ghibli S

GS Series

GS Series F Sport

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

13.1 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

The Ghibli stops much shorter than the GS Series:


GS Series

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

125 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Ghibli has larger standard tires than the GS Series (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/45R18). The Ghibli’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GS Series (F:245/40R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. F:235/40R19 & R:265/35R19).

The Ghibli’s standard 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GS 200t’s standard 50 series tires. The Ghibli’s optional 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the GS Series’ optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the GS 200t. The Ghibli’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the GS Series AWD.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the GS Series (118 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the GS Series.

The Ghibli S Q4 handles at .91 G’s, while the GS 350 pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ghibli S Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the GS 450h (25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Ghibli S Q4 is quieter than the GS 350 (78 vs. 79 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Ghibli is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the GS Series is rated a Mid-size.

The Ghibli has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GS Series (108 vs. 99).

The Ghibli has .8 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the GS Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the GS Series (17.6 vs. 16.2 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Ghibli’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The GS Series’ useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The Ghibli’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GS Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghibli’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Ghibli also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The GS Series doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Ghibli offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GS Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Ghibli’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GS Series does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the windows are left down on the Ghibli the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the GS Series can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Ghibli’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The GS Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Ghibli to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The GS Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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