2020 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

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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.

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Quick Specs
The 2020 Lexus IS is polished and poised, but ultimately short on compelling qualities.
The 2020 BMW 3-Series is back on top among compact sport sedans, even as the competition closes in.
The 2020 Jaguar XE delivers legitimate sport-sedan goodness.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is as gorgeous inside as it is outside, and it has moves to match.
Don’t tell the 2020 Genesis G70 it’s new to the luxury sedan game, it’s a genuine contender already.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
IS 300 F SPORT RWD330i SedanS RWDC 300 Sedan2.0T RWD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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