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Lexus’ four door sport sedan impressed even our most die-hard BMW 3-series reviewer. Should BMW be nervous?

  • MSRP: $40,065 (Before adding F-Sport Package)
  • Tested Price: $47,840 (includes $925 destination fee)
  • 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft. of torque
  • 19 mpg in the city
  • 28 mpg on the highway
  • 22 mpg combined
  • 0-60 mph time: 4.9 seconds (source: zeroto60times.com)

Our tester came with the F Sport Package ($3,740), which includes revised bumper and grille, LED headlamps, 18-inch F Sport alloy wheels with summer tires, TFT instrument cluster, heated/ventilated seats, perforated leather steering wheel, black headliner, aluminum pedals, and Sport + driving mode. It also came with variable gear ratio steering ($400), navigation system ($1,855), and an accessory package ($255), which includes a trunk mat, cargo net, and wheel locks.

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Hits

  • Steering is tight, sporty, and extremely responsive
  • Paired with the F-Sport package summer tires, the well-tuned suspension and chassis allow cornering at a bank heist level of speed
  • F-Sport seats are supportive and deliver comfort
  • Feels like a luxury car because it is: all seating surfaces are wrapped in leather with contrast stitching
  • Layout of controls is intuitive, though infotainment controller lacks finesse of other systems
  • Engine sounds great when pushed and delivers a true sporting experience
  • Ventilated/heated seats offer just the right amount of temperature

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Misses

  • Paddle shifters don’t change gears quickly enough
  • A fun car to drive, but doesn’t match BMW’s six cylinder 340i due to being down on power
  • Blind spot monitoring works well but it doesn't steer you back into your lane

Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “All of this for less than a comparably-equipped BMW 3-Series? Yes.”

Value Retention

In regards to value retention, the Lexus IS350 sits in first place (out of 11) within the three-year-old luxury compact segment by holding 56.3% of its value in 2015.  Lexus’ sedan outperforms the segment value retention score average of 51.3% for 2015.