2011 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2011 Lexus IS F 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson 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.

2011 Lexus IS F 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lexus IS
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-door Sedan 3.0L Sport RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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MSRP From  
$33,295$34,600$33,990
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class  
Sub-CompactCompactCompact
Style Name  
4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
ManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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