2012 Lexus IS F vs. Its Competition

2011 Lexus IS F
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG dominates the class in terms of power output aside from the Cadillac CTS-V, and both the Mercedes and the Cadillac offer the same or better luxury and refinement as the Lexus IS F.

The new C63 AMG is even a nimble, quick-handling car, rivaling the BMW M3 in its suitability for determined driving.

The BMW M3, of course, is something of a benchmark in the class, and though its power, weight, and other stats are very close to the Lexus IS F's, the M3 is greater than the sum of its specs.

Inside, the M3 is about even with the IS F in terms of fit, finish, and materials quality, but it gives up a bit of gas mileage and on-the-road comfort.

Finally, there's the Jaguar XF, which, in Supercharged or XFR forms will handily outperform the IS F, is also substantially more expensive.

The gorgeous, refined interior may be worth the extra price, however, and it's the one car in the group that both outpaces the IS F and beats it in day-to-day comfort.

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Quick Specs
The 2012 Lexus IS F is a unique take on the luxury/performance formula, and will appeal to those that find the Germans too performance-focused.
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.
Scorching acceleration, nimble handling, and true luxury-car refinement complement style and fashion to swoon over in the 2012 Jaguar XF; backseat space remains its only reality check.
With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class   
Sub-CompactSubcompact CarsMidsize CarCompact
Style Name   
F 4-Door Sedan2-Door Coupe4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
SedanCoupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/manual shiftManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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