Compare 2012 BMW 3-Series vs 2012 Lexus IS 350

2012 BMW 3-Series
2012 Lexus IS 350
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $37,170 $40,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 28 $41,490 $45,100
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 19 26 $43,055 $46,800
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
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350 4-Door Sedan RWD
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
$32,110
$37,403
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,900
$40,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$670 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.4
TCC’s 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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 52.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 43.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.1
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 30.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 37.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 85.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 36.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.3 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 107.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 180.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
17.0 13.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 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)
- TBD - 13.2 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 17.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 33.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 13.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P245/45VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P225/45VR17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3406 3527
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 306 @ 6400
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 1250 - 4800 277 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 3.5L/210
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 27
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.35 3.22
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.04
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.91 4.08
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.58
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 3.52
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.40
Trans Type
8 6
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Lexus IS 350
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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