2017 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2017 Lexus IS 200t
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2017 Lexus IS is in the game, but perhaps not a starter.

Among the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Lexus IS wavers a little in performance, packaging, and style.

On paper, the Lexus should be right there in the mix, but falls down a little in its execution.

Among the rest, including the Cadillac ATS and Infiniti Q50, the Lexus makes a strong case with a stellar set of base equipment and handsome looks.

2017 Lexus IS 200t2017 Lexus IS
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2017 Audi A42017 Audi A4
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2017 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo2017 BMW 3-Series
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2017 Cadillac ATS2017 Cadillac ATS
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2017 Lexus IS gets a new face and more advanced safety features that help it become a viable rival to German and American competitors.
8.0
The 2017 Audi A4 advances its sport-sedan credentials in lots of incremental ways, but the virtual cockpit drops the digital mic.
6.7
The 2017 BMW 3-Series is another chapter in the automaker's long history of very good sport sedans.
7.0
The Cadillac ATS makes for a smart sport sedan, with its sharp handling and very potent powertrain options.
7.5
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds to the impressive roster with a convertible version this year and a newly minted AMG C43 version. Bavaria is even better now.
MSRP From    
$37,825$34,900$33,450N/A$39,500
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsN/ACompact Cars
Style Name    
IS Turbo F Sport RWD2.0 TFSI Automatic ultra Premium FWD320i SedanN/AC 300 Sedan with Sport Pkg
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
555N/A5
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanN/ASedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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