2009 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2007 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Auto RWD Open Doors

The Infiniti G37 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.

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 they have ultimate-performance editions—the BMW M3 and the Benz C63—that the Lexus IS-F version takes on.

2007 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Auto RWD Open Doors2009 Lexus IS
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2008 BMW 3-Series M32008 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 2009 Lexus IS gives BMW, Benz, and Infiniti a real challenge, though it's still a little softer than those sedans.
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
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  
16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class  
Style Name  
4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-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
 2009 Lexus IS vs. 2008 BMW 3-Series2009 Lexus IS vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class