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 M32017 BMW 3-Series
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2017 Cadillac ATS-V2017 Cadillac ATS
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
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.
The 2017 Audi A4 advances its sport-sedan credentials in lots of incremental ways, but the virtual cockpit drops the digital mic.
The 2017 BMW M3 is a track-ready sports sedan with an unblemished pedigree that announces to the world: "Ask me what DTM means."
A legitimate sports car in a sedan or coupe body, the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V rewards drivers with exceptionally polished handling and performance, making it truly in the league with Germany's best.
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    
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
IS Turbo F Sport RWD2.0 TFSI Automatic ultra Premium Plus FWD320i Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.0L RWDC 300 Sedan with Sport Pkg
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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