2019 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2019 Lexus IS

The 2019 Lexus IS finds itself in the same competition as standouts such as the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it doesn’t make it on to the performance podium.

The Audi A4’s steering and infotainment are excellent and its powertrains are fuel-efficient.

The BMW 3-Series sees a reboot for 2019 that promises to correct handling prowess lost in the last model while retaining its comfortable rear seat.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class carries a high-class style inside and out, while the Cadillac ATS handles with enthusiasm.

The Infiniti Q50 wears bold styling but is hindered by a frustrating infotainment system and a numb advanced steering system in need of a thorough update.

2019 Lexus IS2019 Lexus IS
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2019 Audi A42019 Audi A4
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2019 BMW 3-Series (330i M Sport)2019 BMW 3-Series
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2019 Cadillac ATS-V2019 Cadillac ATS
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2019 Infiniti Q502019 INFINITI Q50
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 Coupe)2019 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
6.0
The 2019 Lexus IS has sports sedan intentions, but it needs more underhood muscle and fresher styling to keep pace with German rivals.
7.0
The 2019 Audi A4 is hiding in plain sight as one of the automaker’s most complete and well-rounded cars.
7.3
The 2019 BMW 330i moves back toward the sweet spot in sport-sedan greatness, with M Sport and M editions still to come.
6.4
The 2019 Cadillac ATS pares down to only a two-door coupe this year as it heads toward the sunset as Cadillac's sporty compact.
6.2
Handsome and athletic, the 2019 Infiniti Q50 is a sharp luxury sedan alternative to higher priced Germans.
7.0
Pricey and on the slighter side of mid-size, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class drops a beautiful cockpit, huge dollops of safety, and effortless AMG brilliance into the sport-sedan mix.
MSRP From     
$38,560$37,400$40,250$38,995$35,650$41,400
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompactMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
IS 300 F SPORT RWDPremium 40 TFSI330i Sedan2-Door Coupe 2.0L RWD2.0t PURE RWDC 300 Sedan
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555455
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A2N/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanCoupeSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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