2017 Lexus IS vs. 2017 BMW 3-Series

2016 Lexus IS vs. 2016 BMW 3-Series Comparison

If you’re in the market for a smaller luxury sedan, two choices stand out from the pack; the 2017 Lexus IS and the 2017 BMW 3-Series. Both vehicles are revered for their quality, but there are plenty of differences as well. We at Koons Lexus of Wilmington want to help you make an informed decision on your next purchase if you’re considering both of these cars.

Interior & Design

2016 Lexus IS Interior Seats2016 BMW 3-Series Interior Front Seats

Let’s start with the interior. This is an area where the 2017 Lexus IS has clear advantages. Designed with premium quality upholstery, the seats in the IS are both comfortable and supportive, while the beautiful trim exudes luxury. The front seats are both heated and ventilated front seats giving its passengers an uncommonly comfortable ride regardless of the weather outside. Both the IS and the 3-Series offer a surprising amount of leg room for a compact sedan - both the front and back seats - although the IS gives front seat passengers a couple of extra inches. The trunk space in the IS bests the 3-Series by a cubic foot, giving it one of its class’ largest cargo capacities. Stark contrasts in the exterior are noticeable as the Lexus IS features a bolder, edgier exterior, while most consumers feel that the BMW 3-Series falls on the conservative side of styling.

Technology & Safety

2016 Lexus IS Technology2016 BMW 328i Technology and Safety

A number of technological features are shared by the 2017 Lexus IS and 2017 BMW 3-Series such as push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control and an infotainment system. The 2017 IS does offer a few additional standard features not found in the 3-Series including an additional USB port, iPhone integration with Siri eyes-free, a moon roof, satellite radio and a 7-inch display screen that tops the 6.5-inch screen found in the 3-Series. The Lexus Enform Remote also allows you to use a smartphone app to do a number of tasks remotely like start your car, lock and unlock the car, or locate where you parked your car. When it comes to safety, both vehicles are equipped with a wide range of standard and available safety features, and both received a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA.


2016 Lexus IS 200t Engine Bay2016 BMW 3-Series Engine and Performance

The 2017 Lexus IS Turbo is the base model and is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s 241 horsepower allows for quick acceleration. Pairing perfectly its engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard. The 2017 BMW 320i, which is the 3-Series base model, has the same engine specs as the IS, but only puts out 180 horsepower. Like the IS, the 3-Series also pairs its engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission standard. Handling and a comfortable ride are things you can expect from both the IS and 3-Series, though reviewers note that both of these really stand out about this year’s IS.

Verdict2016 Lexus IS for sale in Wilmington, DE

With its premium interior, dashing looks, and more standard features, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better compact sedan than the 2017 Lexus IS. Check out our inventory of 2017 Lexus IS sedans in Wilmington, DE today. Then schedule a 2017 Lexus IS test drive in Delaware at our Lexus dealership serving West Chester, PA.

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