Lexus vs. Mercedes: Battle of the Brands in 2017

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Japanese Luxury vs. Germany Luxury: Who Comes Out on Top in 2017?

Lexus and Mercedes-Benz are two of the most popular luxury car brands. Mercedes is known as the granddaddy of all automakers, but Lexus has made a name for itself, and it’s vying to knock the master off its pedestal.

Lexus, the luxury brand of safe and staid Toyota, is known for its cars’ reliability and cachet, if not necessarily their performance. Mercedes-Benz, the longstanding luxury brand of industry founder Daimler, knows how to build luxury cars with unflappable rides and graceful handling.

So, does Lexus have what it takes to unseat this luxury-car champion? We’re putting both brands through the wringer, pitting them head-to-head in the categories and classes that luxury buyers care about most, including reliability, sedans, SUVs, and more. Read on to find out which brand comes out on top, based on U.S. News scoring.

Keep in mind that U.S. News scores are constantly updated to incorporate the latest expert reviews and data. Therefore, the scores used in this head-to-head may not match the scores in our new car reviews.