Edmunds has published a comparison between the 2013 BMW 328i M Sport, 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0 Premium, and 2014 Lexus IS250 F Sport — here’s how the Lexus stacked up:
Though Lexus is seriously outgunned with its entry-level powertrain (there is, of course, an IS 350, but there are also a BMW 335i and a Cadillac ATS 3.6), it takes the cake in terms of interior refinement and build quality.
Make no mistake, the 2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport is a very good car, if an imperfect sport sedan. Many buyers will find it easy to forgive the lack of grip and power in exchange for the low cost of entry and the exemplary, if awkward, interior.
Edmunds ultimately chose both the BMW & Cadillac over the IS 250 F SPORT, though the result appears to based purely on performance with little regard for value — here’s some back-of-the-envelope number crunching, just for some perspective:
- The 328i was priced $2,000 more than the IS 250 yet lacked a navigation system, back-up camera, and paddle shifters.
- The ATS was $3,500 more than the Lexus, which would just about cover the upgrade from an IS 250 to an IS 350.