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2011 Lexus IS 350 vs. Its Competition

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2011 Lexus IS F 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
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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.

2011 Lexus IS F 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus IS 3502011 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 335i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW 3-Series2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Cadillac CTS2011 Infiniti G37 Sedan 4-door Journey RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Infiniti G37 Sedan2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-door Sedan 3.0L Sport RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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The 2011 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 look and drive like sport sedans, but they're not as performance-oriented as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti.
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The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
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Attention-getting style, solid driving dynamics, quality materials, and a very competitive price put the entire 2011 Cadillac CTS lineup on level-or-better footing with most of the competition.
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The 2011 Infiniti G Sedans remain one of the top choices driving enthusiasts willing to sacrifice a little comfort for responsiveness and poise.
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The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans aren't that spacious for back-seat riders, but they offer top-notch luxury along with a sporty flavor that takes aim at BMW.
MSRP From    
$39,720Browse Used Listings$34,600Browse Used Listings$35,345Browse Used Listings$35,800Browse Used Listings$33,990Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
Sub-CompactCompactMid-SizeMidsize CarsCompact
Style Name    
350 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Journey RWD4-Door Sedan C300 Sport RWD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticManualManualAutomatic w/ODManual
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