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Selected Style 2-Door Convertible 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
$43,374
$32,110
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,640
$34,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$777 / month
$582 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line A strong powertrain, usable backseat, and tight retractable hardtop make the 2012 Lexus IS 350C very enjoyable, even if it feels somewhat conservative. 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 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
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 -
Exterior Dimensions
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
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.8-2.4 17.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.2 x - TBD - - TBD -
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 - - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.1 15.8
Steering
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 -
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size P245/45VR17 P225/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45VR17 P225/50R17
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 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3880 3406
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 277 @ 4800 255 @ 1250 - 4800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/210 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 306 @ 6400 240 @ 5000
Engine Type Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.58 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.52 4.71
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.40 2.11
Trans Type 6 8
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.22 3.35
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.04 3.14
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.08 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.67
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/Manual Shift
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name Lexus IS 350C BMW 3 Series
Body Style Convertible Sedan
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut
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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