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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|2014 Lexus ISBrowse Used Listings||2014 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2014 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2014 Cadillac CTSBrowse Used Listings||2014 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|N/A||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Gas V6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|N/A||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars|
|N/A||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige||4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa||2-Door Coupe RWD||4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD|
|N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|N/A||FrontTrak Sedan||Sedan||2 Door Coupe||Sedan|
|N/A||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|