Compare 2010 Lexus IS 350C vs 2010 BMW 3-Series

2010 Lexus IS 350C
2010 BMW 3-Series
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350C 2-Door Convertible
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 $30,500 $33,150
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,500 $33,150
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,500 $33,150
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,500 $33,150
4-Door Sedan AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $32,340 $35,150
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $32,340 $35,150
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 26 $32,845 $35,700
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $33,305 $36,200
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $33,305 $36,200
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $34,685 $37,700
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $35,050 $38,100
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $35,050 $38,100
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 17 26 $37,350 $40,600
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 17 26 $37,350 $40,600
4-Door Sedan AWD 335i xDrive 16 25 $39,190 $42,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 17 26 $39,240 $42,650
4-Door Sedan RWD 335d 23 36 $40,435 $43,950
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 16 25 $40,985 $44,550
2-Door Convertible 328i 17 26 $41,400 $45,000
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 17 26 $41,400 $45,000
2-Door Convertible 335i 17 26 $47,105 $51,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$40,399
$30,500
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,890
$33,150
Monthly Payment Estimate
$748 / month
$553 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 BMW 3-Series upholds its legacy of superb handling, excellent performance, and high quality, though small rear seats and fussy controls are minor flaws.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.3 - TBD -
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 60.2
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)
5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 178.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 55.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 12.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
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)
13.1 x - TBD - 12.3 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)
17.1 16.1
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3880 3362
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 x 7.0
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
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
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System
Direct Injection MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
277 @ 4800 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/210 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
306 @ 6400 230 @ 6500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.22 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.08 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.59 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.52 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 350C BMW 3 Series
Suspension
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 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6

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