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2012 Lexus LFA vs. Its Competition

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Our expert editors build comparisons like this one to make it easy for you to understand the small handful of cars you should compare to whatever car you are already looking at. You get general thoughts on each car you should consider plus an easy way to compare basic information for yourself.

The Ferrari 458 Italia offers everything the LFA does, and more: prestige, heritage, truly impressive performance and handling, cachet, and instant recognizability.

There are many reasons to own a supercar, and the 458 Italia does almost all of them better.

The fact that Chevrolet's Corvette ZR1 can even be mentioned in the same breath with a car that costs more than three times as much illustrates how short of the mark Lexus fell on performance, though the LFA's interior does outrank the Corvette's.

If that interior and the rarity of the LFA are worth the price of a Ferrari 458 Italia on top of the ZR1's sticker price, then the LFA is for you. Other options include the upcoming McLaren MP4-12C and Lamborghini Aventador, though the former isn't yet available and the latter is already sold out through its first year of production.

2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package2012 Lexus LFA2012 Chevrolet Corvette2012 Chevrolet Corvette2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider2011 Ferrari 458 Italia
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The 2012 Lexus LFA, like any supercar, is more of an emotional than a logical purchase, and if you can get over the fact that it's not the fastest even though it's one of the most expensive, it will serve well as a show-stopper.
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From fast to insanely fast, yet still practical and affordable, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is a great balance and a strong value.
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MSRP From  
$375,000Browse Used Listings$49,600Browse Used Listings$225,325Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
11 MPG City / 16 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas V10Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class  
Two SeatersTwo SeaterCompact
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe w/1LT2-Door Coupe
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear wheel drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
Coupe2 Door Coupe2-door coupe
Automatic w/manual shiftManualAutomatic w/manual shift
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