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2012 Lexus IS 250

2012 BMW 3-Series

  2011 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Auto AWD Angular Front Exterior View 2012 BMW 3-Series
Invoice $31,430 $32,110
19/30 17/34
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Bottom Line 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 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
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  • Composed ride
  • Standard-feature list
  • Strong, smooth engine (IS 350)
  • Lexus ownership experience


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


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


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