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2008 Lexus IS 250
2008 BMW 3-Series
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250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 18 26 $27,460 $30,855
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 29 $28,501 $32,025
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 26 $30,689 $34,485
350 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic 18 25 $32,311 $36,305
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $49,840 $56,000
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,460
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,855
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$514 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Lexus IS gives BMW, Benz, and Infiniti a real challenge, though it's still a little softer than those sedans. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.9 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
30.6 34.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.3 93.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.0 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 55.4
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.1 178.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 12.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.45 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.79
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.5 36.1
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.91 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.4 16.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3455 3340
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
185 @ 4800 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
204 @ 6400 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.79 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.47 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.28 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 250 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -

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