2018 BMW 3 Series vs 2018 Lexus IS

blue 2018 BMW 3 Series and a silver 2018 Lexus IS in a comparison image

Finding the right compact luxury sedan for daily needs and occasional driving adventures can take plenty of searching: not because the field is limited, but due to the plethora of quality options available for discerning drivers. In this 2018 BMW 3 Series vs 2018 Lexus IS comparison, we are going to look at how these two premium models compare. When it comes to commuting and normal driving needs, the base 2018 BMW 320i has several advantages over the 2018 Lexus IS 300. Even though the Lexus model offers the most engine output between these base models, it falls significantly short of the mileage numbers on the 2018 BMW 320i.

Both of these vehicles have five-passenger seating, but the 2018 BMW 320i offers 13 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, compared to just 10.8 cubic feet on the 2018 Lexus IS 300. That means more room for bags and supplies in the rear of the BMW, which can pay off in day-to-day adventures.

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2018 BMW 320i vs 2018 Lexus IS 300
$34,900 Starting MSRP $38,210
2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder (180 hp) Engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder (241 hp)
23/35 mpg Base Mileage (city/highway) 22/32 mpg
13 cubic feet Trunk Space 10.8 cubic feet

Engine Options on the 2018 BMW 3 Series

If the 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque you get on the 2018 BMW 320i is not enough for your personal driving cravings, then there are other compact sedan models from BMW that may be worth looking at. The 2018 BMW 330i also comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but this model offers 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The BMW in this 2018 BMW 3 Series vs 2018 Lexus IS comparison is also available with an electrified powertrain, a diesel option, and a six-cylinder engine offering 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Drivers who opt for the 2018 Lexus IS 350 can get a 3.5-liter V-6 rated for 311 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

We like the confident dimensions and unshakeable style of the 2018 BMW 3 Series, as well as how this model offers fuel-sipping practicality with bold driving that satisfies. If you are interested in learning more about the 2018 BMW 3 Series in the Topeka KS area, contact a representative at the New BMW of Topeka today, or even schedule a test drive for one of the models currently available in our new BMW 3 Series inventory. We look forward to hearing from you.


steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2018 BMW 3 Series
pale front seats of the 2018 BMW 3 Series
headlight close-up on the 2018 BMW 3 Series
side view of a 2018 BMW 3 Series hatchback