2016 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2016 Lexus IS (IS 200t)

The 2016 Lexus IS competes in a highly competitive segment—but it's up to the challenge.

The edgier Cadillac ATS may be its most natural competitor.

It's softer than it's been in the past, but the BMW 3-Series still sets the standard, arguably, for compact luxury sport sedans.

There's no denying that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class feels more luxurious than anything else in this group.

And we like the Audi A4 for its understated good looks and all-weather functionality.

2016 Lexus IS (IS 200t)2016 Lexus IS
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2016 Audi A42016 Audi A4
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2016 BMW 3-Series2016 BMW 3-Series
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2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan2016 Cadillac ATS
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2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2016 Lexus IS doesn't quite hit the high-water mark set by German rivals, but it's a pleasantly capable compact luxury car.
8.2
The 2016 Audi A4 is still a handsome, strong competitor with solid fuel economy and good power from its lone engine, even as the current generation comes to a close.
8.2
The 2016 BMW 3-Series delivers outstanding performance and comfort in a tastefully understated package.
8.6
The 2016 Cadillac ATS meets all the benchmarks for performance, features, and driving dynamics, and it somehow emerges to market with a little more soul than most of its key rivals.
9.0
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one very charming luxury car; in AMG trim, it's risen above and beyond Bavarian levels of handling.
MSRP From    
$37,325$35,900$33,150$33,215$38,950
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
4-Door SedanCVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 320i RWD4-Door Sedan 2.5L Standard RWD4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style    
SedanFrontTrak SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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