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
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
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 43.3
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 60.4
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
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
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
Front 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
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 185 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
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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