As part of one of the most competitive segments in the entire industry, the midsize-luxury Lexus IS is up against very good alternatives--in fact, there's not a bad car in this bunch, they're just suited to different tastes.
The Cadillac CTS, for example, is sporty and comfortable while also being quite affordable, but not quite as high-tech or feature-packed as some of the more recently-updated alternatives.
BMW's 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz's C Class both offer plenty of technology and sporting flair, with the 3-Series softening up in its most recent redesign to almost converge with the now-sportier C Class's balance of hustle and comfort.
The Audi A4 is the most under-the-radar choice in this group, its design refined and elegant without crying for attention; it's the black boardroom suit in a group of 50mm luxury watches and colorful hand-stitched silk ties.
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|18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|N/A||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|N/A||Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact|
|N/A||2-Door Coupe RWD||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan 320i RWD||4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD|
|N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|N/A||2 Door Coupe||Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|N/A||Automatic||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic|