The 2013 Lexus IS sedans are up against some tough competition--and most of that competition has been updated either completely or extensively in recent model years.
The BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class are the benchmarks in the segment, and both at the base level are now powered by smaller turbocharged four-cylinder engines that are more fuel-efficient without detracting from performance or refinement.
The Cadillac ATS is all-new to the segment, and in most respects it challenges the BMW 3-Series; steering and handling in particular are excellent, as are cabin appointments, and Cadillac's CUE infotainment interface is one of the most advanced.
The Audi A4 is more fuel-efficient and has a great interior, though it can also feel a little noisy and coarse.
The Infiniti G37 has a powerful 332-horsepower engine, with well-balanced sports-sedan styling and proportions, plus available all-wheel drive, and it's priced competitively.
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|2013 Lexus ISBrowse Used Listings||2013 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2013 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2013 Cadillac ATSBrowse Used Listings||2013 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|Sub-Compact||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact||Compact|
|4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa||4-Door Sedan 2.5L RWD||4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/Manual Shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic|
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|2013 Lexus IS vs. 2013 Audi A4||2013 Lexus IS vs. 2013 BMW 3-Series||2013 Lexus IS vs. 2013 Cadillac ATS||2013 Lexus IS vs. 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class|