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Selected Style 2-Door Convertible Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Manual 19 28 $38,308 $41,190
2-Door Convertible Automatic 21 30 $39,396 $42,360
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,308
$32,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,190
$34,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$687 / month
$582 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Lexus IS 250C strikes a good middle ground between racy roadsters and luxury convertible cruisers, but its sluggish powertrain performance will be a deal-breaker for many. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 19 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 44.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 44.1 42.0
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 25.9 35.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.3 40.3
Second Hip Room (in) 43.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.2 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 87.9 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 36.1 37.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 55.7 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 60.3
Wheelbase (in) 107.5 110.6
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.9 71.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.7 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 182.5 182.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.8-2.4 17.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.2 x - TBD - - 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) 11.7 x - TBD - - 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) 17.1 15.8
Steering
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.6 15.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.5 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/45VR17 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45VR17 P225/50R17
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) 3836 3406
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 204 @ 6400 240 @ 5000
Engine Type Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 185 @ 4800 255 @ 1250 - 4800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 34
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.46 3.35
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.27 3.14
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.72 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.18 1.67
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.79 4.71
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 2.11
Trans Type 6 8
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.81
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
Summary
Body Style Convertible Sedan
Vehicle Name Lexus IS 250C BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 5-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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