2013 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2013 Lexus IS 350
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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 Audi A42013 Audi A4
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2013 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 335i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2013 BMW 3-Series
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2013 Cadillac ATS2013 Cadillac ATS
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2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-door Sedan C250 Sport RWD Angular Front Exterior View2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
The 2013 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 look like exciting sport sedans--especially in F Sport guise--though they're not as fun to drive or even as fuel-efficient as other small sport sedans.
Magnificent design and technology sets the Audi A4 apart, but it's not quite as sporty as its BMW and Cadillac competition.
The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
With unerring focus on handling, Cadillac finally has the 3-Series' number with the 2013 ATS.
For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4
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Sub-CompactCompact CarsCompact CarsCompactCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa4-Door Sedan 2.5L RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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