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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 26 $34,500 $37,500
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,340 $39,500
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $35,605 $38,700
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
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 Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,930 $52,100
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $43,790 $47,600
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $55,935 $60,800
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 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 23 34 $32,110 $34,900
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 20 30 $39,010 $42,400
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 19 27 $37,403 $40,220
4-Door Sedan AWD 18 26 $39,694 $42,680
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,110
$37,403
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,900
$40,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$670 / month
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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
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - 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
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.8 17.1
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - TBD - 33.5
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
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
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
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.35 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 3.14 2.04
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67 -
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
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.71 3.52
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 2.11 1.40
Trans Type 8 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 0.71
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
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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