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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe 128i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $28,705 $31,200
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i 18 28 $28,705 $31,200
2-Door Coupe 135i 20 28 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Convertible 135i 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
250C 2-Door Convertible Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 19 28 $31,430 $33,795
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 30 $32,518 $34,965
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 27 $34,805 $37,425
350 4-Door Sedan RWD 19 27 $37,403 $40,220
350 4-Door Sedan AWD 18 26 $39,694 $42,680
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $57,009 $61,300
250C 2-Door Convertible Manual 19 28 $38,308 $41,190
250C 2-Door Convertible Automatic 21 30 $39,396 $42,360
350C 2-Door Convertible 19 27 $43,374 $46,640
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,705
$38,308
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,200
$41,190
Monthly Payment Estimate
$520 / month
$687 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line If you can get past the often-confusing iDrive system, the 2012 BMW 1-Series offers a great blend of style, power, handling, and luxury at a sometimes reasonable, sometimes objectionable price. The 2012 Lexus IS 250C strikes a good middle ground between racy roadsters and luxury convertible cruisers, but its sluggish powertrain performance will be a deal-breaker for many.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 32.0 25.9
Front Head Room (in) 37.9 38.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 43.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 86.0 87.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 36.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.4 44.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 44.1
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.3
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.8 70.9
Track Width, Front (in) 58.3 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.7
Length, Overall (in) 172.2 182.5
Height, Overall (in) 56.0 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in) 104.7 107.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.0 10.8-2.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14. 17.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.0 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.1 33.5
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/50R17 P245/45VR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/50R17 P225/45VR17
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3252 3836
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 70 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 100
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 200 @ 2750 185 @ 4800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 230 @ 6500 204 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.23 3.72
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.23 1.18
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85 0.78
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.32 3.79
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.66 1.52
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.94 3.46
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.46 2.27
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe Convertible
Vehicle Name BMW 1 Series Lexus IS 250C
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Double-Pivot Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Fully Independent w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 5
 
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