2014 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2014 Lexus IS 350
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

As part of one of the most competitive segments in the entire industry, the midsize-luxury Lexus IS is up against very good alternatives--in fact, there's not a bad car in this bunch, they're just suited to different tastes.

The Cadillac CTS, for example, is sporty and comfortable while also being quite affordable, but not quite as high-tech or feature-packed as some of the more recently-updated alternatives.

BMW's 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz's C Class both offer plenty of technology and sporting flair, with the 3-Series softening up in its most recent redesign to almost converge with the now-sportier C Class's balance of hustle and comfort.

The Audi A4 is the most under-the-radar choice in this group, its design refined and elegant without crying for attention; it's the black boardroom suit in a group of 50mm luxury watches and colorful hand-stitched silk ties.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2014 Lexus IS is an important car for the brand, and at first impression, the redesign is off to a good start.
8.4
The 2014 Audi A4 and S4 are trim, tech-savvy alternatives to the usual German luxury sedans, and to one stunningly good American one.
8.4
The 2014 BMW 3-Series retains its sporting heritage, but has grown to become a high-tech, spacious, comfortable, and safe range of vehicles.
8.6
The 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan scales up the ATS' handsome profile and spot-on handling, and tops it off with a winning Vsport edition.
8.2
For those who have a want a value-oriented car that projects the right image, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes a lot of sense.
MSRP From    
N/A$33,800$32,750$39,495$35,800
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
N/ACompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
N/A4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige4-Door Sedan 320i RWD South Africa2-Door Coupe RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
Drivetrain    
N/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
N/A5545
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
N/AFrontTrak SedanSedan2 Door CoupeSedan
Transmission    
N/ACVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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