2020 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Germany has long dominated the compact sports sedan segment, and the latest BMW 3-Series remains at the top of its game.

BMW’s four-door is expensive when well equipped, but it feels worth the mega coin demanded by the automaker.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is similarly costly, though it feels every bit the bite-size S-Class it is.

The Genesis G70 may be the biggest surprise on this list but it is exceptional, and that's not factoring in the overall value.

The Jaguar XE wowed us with its handling when it arrived a few years ago, and slow sales should mean good discounts.

The tech standout of this class is the Infiniti Q50, which can be had in a 400-horsepower version.

It has its quirks—an overabundance of screens and oddball steering—but the Q50 is certainly worth a look.

2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline2020 Lexus IS
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2019 BMW 3-Series (330i M Sport)2020 BMW 3-Series
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2020 Jaguar XE2020 Jaguar XEGet Your Price2019 Infiniti QX50, first drive2019 INFINITI QX502019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 Coupe)2019 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2019 Genesis G702019 Genesis G70Get Your Price
Quick Specs
6.0
The 2020 Lexus IS is polished and poised, but ultimately short on compelling qualities.
6.4
The 2019 Jaguar XE delivers legitimate sport-sedan goodness.
6.2
The 2019 Infiniti QX50 is a beautiful package of technological innovations—in places visible and not visible.
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.
6.2
The 2019 Genesis G70 is a performance bargain that improves upon the dynamics of ts Kia Stinger cousin but lacks its space.
MSRP From     
N/A$54,000$39,900$36,650$41,400$34,900
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/ACompact CarsCompact CarsSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
N/AM340i SedanS RWDPURE FWDC 300 Sedan2.0T Advanced RWD
Drivetrain     
N/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55555
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
N/ASedanSedanSport UtilitySedanSedan
Transmission     
N/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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