2010 Lexus IS 350 vs. Its Competition

2010 Lexus IS 350 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Infiniti G37 has a new, more powerful 332-horsepower engine, but is based on the same excellent-handling FM platform as the G35 before it, with well-balanced sports-sedan styling and proportions, plus 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 benchmarks in the segment, but their higher prices bring their value into question.

Both are available with a range of body style and drivetrain configurations, and their handling and build quality are top-notch.

The Cadillac CTS is also a relative newcomer to the segment, but its low price and excellent feature set make it a good value proposition.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2010 Lexus IS gives BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Infiniti a real challenge, though it's still a little less performance-oriented than the competition.
8.4
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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The 2010 Cadillac CTS takes an edgy, American approach to European performance-and style, with the stunning CTS Sport Wagon.
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The Infiniti G37 Coupe and G37 Convertible don't shy from tackling the BMW 3-Series on any front-be it equal performance, better looks, or more lavish interiors.
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For the price, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers sportiness, luxury, safety, and creature comforts in an attractive package.
MSRP From    
$37,595$33,150$35,165$36,050$33,600
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class    
Sub-CompactCompactMid-SizeSubcompactCompact
Style Name    
350 4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD2-Door Base RWD4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55545
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
AutomaticManualManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic