Compare 2010 Lexus IS 250C vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2010 Lexus IS 250C
2008 BMW 3-Series
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250C 2-Door Convertible Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 18 26 $28,929 $32,145
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 29 $29,983 $33,315
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 26 $32,196 $35,775
350 4-Door Sedan 18 25 $33,833 $37,595
250C 2-Door Convertible Manual 18 26 $35,495 $39,440
250C 2-Door Convertible Automatic 21 29 $36,548 $40,610
350C 2-Door Convertible 18 25 $40,399 $44,890
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $52,612 $58,460
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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
$35,495
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,440
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$657 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
Can’t make up your mind between practicality and performance in a convertible? The 2010 Lexus IS 350C is a nice, sporty middle ground for top-down thrills. 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
Second Leg Room (in)
25.9 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
43.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.9 93.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.1 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
44.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 41.5
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.3 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
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)
5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 178.2
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 108.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 12.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 16.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.5 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
225/45VR17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/45VR17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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)
3840 3340
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 180
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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Transmission
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
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.47 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.28 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.23
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 250C BMW 3 Series
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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 -
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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