2010 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2010 Lexus IS 350 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Infiniti G37 has a new, more powerful 332-horsepower engine, but is based on the same excellent-handling FM platform as the G35 before it, with well-balanced sports-sedan styling and proportions, plus 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 benchmarks in the segment, but their higher prices bring their value into question.

Both are available with a range of body style and drivetrain configurations, and their handling and build quality are top-notch.

The Cadillac CTS is also a relative newcomer to the segment, but its low price and excellent feature set make it a good value proposition.

2010 Lexus IS 350 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2010 Lexus IS
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2010 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 328i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2010 BMW 3-Series
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2010 Cadillac CTS-V2010 Cadillac CTS
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2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG2010 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2010 Lexus IS gives BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Infiniti a real challenge, though it's still a little less performance-oriented than the competition.
8.4
The 2010 BMW 3-Series upholds its legacy of superb handling, excellent performance, and high quality, though small rear seats and fussy controls are minor flaws.
8.4
The 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is about as close as you can get to a four-door Corvette; Cadillac manages to beat top German sports sedans with a track-ready sedan that doesn’t forget about comfort.
8.0
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sports a fluid ride, spot-on handling, and shrieking power to make it the most accomplished C-Class ever built.
MSRP From   
$32,145$33,150$35,165$33,600
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6
EPA Class   
Sub-CompactCompactMid-SizeCompact
Style Name   
4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
ManualManualManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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