2008 Lexus IS 250 vs. Its Competition

2008 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Man RWD Angular Rear Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class are the perennial leaders in this segment.

Both come in a range of body styles and drivetrains, and both have ultimate-performance editions with the BMW M3 and the Benz C63.

The Infiniti G35 is a relative newcomer, but has impressive handling, perfect sport-sedan proportions, and available all-wheel drive.

It's also substantially less expensive than the German sedans.

2008 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Man RWD Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Lexus IS 250
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2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-Series
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2008 Mercedes Benz C Class 3.0L Sport RWD2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Lexus IS gives BMW, Benz, and Infiniti a real challenge, though it's still a little softer than those sedans.
The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class  
Style Name  
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Lexus IS 250 vs. 2008 BMW 3-Series2008 Lexus IS 250 vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class