Lexus IS 300 RWD vs BMW 3 Series 330I Sedan


Which luxury small sedan is better for your lifestyle?  We thought we’d see how the Lexus IS matched up to the BMW 3 Series 330I sedan.  Here’s a matchup of these rivals.

Powertrain Features

Engine 2.0-L turbo four 2.0-liter turbo four
Horsepower 241 255
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Drivetrain RWD RWD
Adaptive Cruise Control Standard Option
Warranty (months/miles) 72/72,000 48/50,000

Interior Amenities

Power chairs Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Option
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Option
USB ports 2 1
Upholstery NuLuxe



Safety and Driver Assistance

NHTSA Stars 5 5
Airbags 10 8
Lane Departure Standard Option
Steering assist Standard Option
Automatic high beam Standard Option
Forward collision warning Standard Standard
Pedestrian detection Standard Standard
Automatic emergency braking Standard Standard

JD Power Dependability Brand Rankings

While BMW is ranked 5th, Lexus has once again taken the top spot in the JD Power Dependability studies.

Final Analysis

Considering the fact that as much as $4,000 more is needed for the BMW 3 Series than the Lexus IS, we’d say that the Lexus IS was the winner in this contest, but we know your opinion is more important than ours. Please take a test drive and give us your point of view.