2009 Lexus IS 250 vs. Its Competition

2007 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Auto RWD Open Doors

The Infiniti G37 is a relative newcomer but has impressive handling, perfect sport-sedan proportions, and available all-wheel drive.

It's also substantially less expensive than the German sedans.

The BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class are the perennial leaders in this segment.

Both come in a range of body styles and drivetrains, and they have ultimate-performance editions—the BMW M3 and the Benz C63—that the Lexus IS-F version takes on.

2007 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Auto RWD Open Doors2009 Lexus IS 250Browse Used Listings2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings2008 Mercedes Benz C Class 3.0L Sport RWD2008 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.4
The 2009 Lexus IS gives BMW, Benz, and Infiniti a real challenge, though it's still a little softer than those sedans.
8.6
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.
8.0
More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.
MSRP From  
$31,305$32,700$31,600
Gas Mileage  
18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas V6Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class  
Sub-CompactCompactCompact
Style Name  
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
ManualManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Lexus IS 250 vs. 2008 BMW 3-Series2009 Lexus IS 250 vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class