Compare 2018 BMW 3-Series vs 2018 Lexus IS

2018 BMW 3-Series
2018 Lexus IS
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Sedan 320i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sedan 320i 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
Sedan South Africa 320i 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
Sedan 320i xDrive 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
Sedan South Africa 320i xDrive 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
Sedan 330i 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
Sedan South Africa 330i 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
Sedan 328d 31 43 $39,330 $41,750
Sedan 330i xDrive 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
Sedan South Africa 330i xDrive 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
Sedan 328d xDrive 30 40 $41,190 $43,750
Sports Wagon 330i xDrive 23 33 $42,025 $44,650
Gran Turismo 330i xDrive 23 33 $42,395 $45,050
Plug-In Hybrid 330e iPerformance N/A N/A $42,910 $45,600
Sports Wagon 328d xDrive 30 40 $43,420 $46,150
Sedan 340i 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
Sedan South Africa 340i 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
Gran Turismo 340i xDrive 20 29 $47,835 $50,900
Sedan 340i xDrive 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
Sedan South Africa 340i xDrive 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
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RWD IS 300 F Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD IS 300 22 32 $35,535 $38,210
RWD IS 300 F Sport 22 32 $35,535 $38,210
AWD IS 300 19 26 $37,814 $40,660
AWD IS 300 F Sport 19 26 $37,814 $40,660
RWD IS 350 20 28 $38,903 $41,830
RWD IS 350 F Sport 20 28 $38,903 $41,830
AWD IS 350 19 26 $40,916 $43,995
AWD IS 350 F Sport 19 26 $40,916 $43,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,955
$35,535
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,900
$38,210
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$637 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions. The Lexus IS needs more powertrain guts, and more styling glory, to tackle the cars it wants to take down.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 38.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 32.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42 44.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 36.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 90.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- 54.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 60.4
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 184.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 61
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 110.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 71.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13 10.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 13.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 12.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 34.2
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P225/40YR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P255/35YR18
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3295 3583
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
900 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 -
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1250 258 @ 1650
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
180 @ 5000 241 @ 5800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 26
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 4.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.72
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.46
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.69
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.60
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.15 3.13
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.86
Trans Type
8 8
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.82
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Lexus IS
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 6.8
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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