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2021 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2021 Lexus IS350 F Sport
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Compact luxury sedans are still the barometer for high-end automakers, even if shoppers have moved on.

The C-Class spans a wide range for performance, but its styling is elegant and its tech is impressive.

The BMW 3-Series has a superb list of powertrains and more space, even though its exterior is mostly same-as.

The Audi A4 is the conservative looker of the bunch, but it’s comfortable and mostly safe—and available as an off-road-adjacent wagon.

The Cadillac CT4 is a newcomer, but makes big promises about potential performance variants to come.

The Volvo S60 is smart and sharp, and available with a plug-in powertrain that’s fun and efficient.

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Quick Specs
The 2021 Lexus IS compact luxury sedan prioritizes comfort and convenience, perhaps not outright performance.
The 2020 Audi A4 offers big tech upgrades inside this year.
The 2020 BMW 3-Series is back on top among compact sport sedans, even as the competition closes in.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is as gorgeous inside as it is outside, and it has moves to match.
The 2020 Volvo S60 luxury sport sedan balances power and grace.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/ACompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
N/APremium Plus 40 TFSI330i Sedan4-Door Sedan LuxuryC 300 SedanT5 FWD Momentum
N/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
N/AAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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