2015 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The 2015 Lexus IS runs up against a few very hearty competitors in the mid-size luxury segment, but it does so in a seriously competitive way.

The Cadillac CTS offers tons of technology, a comfortable ride, and a performance-oriented "V-Sport" model with more power than new IS currents offers.

The BMW 3-Series is softer than it has been in the past, but still drives well, and the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class feels a notch above the rest of the segment in terms of true luxury.

There's also the Audi A4, which feels like the most understated option in the bunch–but we enjoy its excellent interior, handsome exterior, and all-weather functionality.

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Quick Specs
The 2015 Lexus IS offers a good blend of comfort, style, technology, and driving dynamics.
The 2015 Audi A4 and S4 sedans are tech-laden, trim, handsome alternatives to the other expected German cars, as well as one very good American one.
The 2015 BMW 3-Series lineup is a sport sedan at heart, but with Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo (hatchback) models, it's a lot more than that.
The 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan is a stunner–especially in V-Sport guise–and it looks great, too.
Forget this model's recent past; the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class takes a half-step up in size and a full step ahead of its peer set in sophistication -- and it's now one very charming luxury car.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMid-SizeCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sport Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 320i RWD4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWD4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
SedanFrontTrak SedanSedan4 Door SedanSedan
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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