Compare 2012 BMW 1-Series vs 2012 Lexus IS 250C

2012 BMW 1-Series
2012 Lexus IS 250C
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2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i
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 Convertible 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Coupe 135i 20 28 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Convertible 135i 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
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250C 2-Door Convertible Manual
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
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
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $57,009 $61,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,705
$38,308
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,200
$41,190
Monthly Payment Estimate
$520 / month
$687 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.6
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
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Leg Room (in)
32.0 25.9
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 38.3
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 70.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.0 10.8-2.4
Brakes
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
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14. 17.1
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R17 P245/45VR17
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3252 3836
Wheels
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
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
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
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
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 1 Series Lexus IS 250C
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Convertible
Suspension
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 -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Pivot Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 8.3

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