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2012 BMW 3-Series

2012 Lexus IS 350

  2012 BMW 3-Series 2011 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Auto AWD Angular Front Exterior View
MSRP
$34,900
$40,220
Invoice $32,110 $37,403
MPG
City/Highway
17/34 18/27
Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity. Read Full Review The 2012 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 aren't as focused and fun to drive as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti, though especially in F Sport guise they still look great. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Poise and handling
  • Strong, economical engines
  • Quick-shifting 8-speed automatic
  • Electric power steering, done right
  • Excellent brakes

Dislikes:

  • 328’s four-cylinder sounds
  • BMW Apps is iPhone-only
  • Some cabin-trim combos look busy

Likes:

  • Composed ride
  • Standard-feature list
  • Strong, smooth engine (IS 350)
  • Lexus ownership experience

Dislikes:

  • Bland, dated interior design
  • Tight back seat
  • Road noise
  • IS 250 can feel sluggish
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