The 2018 Lexus IS is in the sport-sedan game, but perhaps not as a starter.
Among the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Lexus IS falls behind in performance, packaging, and style.
We love the rear-seat space in the BMW, an odd posit for a car that’s all but built a brand on its driving manners.
The Audi A4 has better, more attentive steering these days, and better infotainment by a wide margin.
Mercedes tucks splendid design into the C-Class body, and scorching performance in the top models.
We love the Cadillac ATS for its steering and ride and high-power V-Series, but rear-seat space is laughable.
Finally, the Q50 offers a lovely shape, but steering feel goes amiss in most models, and its dual-screen infotainment isn’t well developed.
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|19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars|
|IS 300 F Sport RWD||2.0 TFSI ultra Premium S Tronic FWD||320i Sedan South Africa||4-Door Sedan 2.0L RWD||2.0t PURE RWD||C 300 Sedan|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2018 Lexus IS vs. 2018 Audi A4||2018 Lexus IS vs. 2018 BMW 3-Series||2018 Lexus IS vs. 2018 Cadillac ATS||2018 Lexus IS vs. 2018 INFINITI Q50||2018 Lexus IS vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class|