2022 Lexus IS vs. Its Competition

2022 Lexus IS
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Buyers may be more interested in SUVs these days, but they are missing out on some of the best compact luxury sedans ever built.

The German trio—Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz—each builds a broad lineup of cars with few faults.

From Detroit, the Cadillac CT4 is stylish and equipped with serious turbo power.

Don’t buy a compact car without checking it out.

And definitely add the divine Genesis G70, the new star among compact performance sedans.

2022 Lexus IS2022 Lexus ISGet Your Price2022 Audi A42022 Audi A4
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2022 BMW 3-Series (330e)2022 BMW 3-SeriesGet Your Price2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2022 Genesis G702022 Genesis G70Get Your Price2021 Cadillac CT42021 Cadillac CT4
Quick Specs
6.2
The 2022 Lexus IS got a whole lot more interesting this year with the addition of the right-priced IS 500.
6.8
The 2022 Audi A4 is light on styling personality but scores big for its tech and overall execution.
7.8
The 2022 BMW 3-Series nails the sport-sedan triathlon with eye-flattening acceleration, hair-bending grip, and a lavish tech-laden cabin.
The 2022 Mercedes C-Class pares down its lineup and plumps up with lots of screens and mild-hybrid performance.
7.0
The 2022 Genesis G70 leads with luxury trimmings and service—and its footwork has caught up to its German rivals.
6.2
The 2021 Cadillac CT4 is well-equipped and fun to drive, making it a good small sedan choice.
MSRP From     
$39,125$39,900$41,450$43,550$37,775$33,395
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
IS 300 RWDPremium 40 TFSI quattro330i SedanC 300 Sedan2.0T RWD4-Door Sedan Luxury
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A4
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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