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2014 BMW i3 vs. 2015 Lexus IS 350 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The BMW i3 offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Lexus IS 350 with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Lexus IS 350 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the BMW i3.

Convenience
With the Lexus IS 350 you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the BMW i3, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The BMW i3 is somewhat more expensive than the Lexus IS 350. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The BMW i3 and the Lexus IS 350 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The BMW i3 is a little narrower than the Lexus IS 350, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. If you go with the BMW i3, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Lexus IS 350.

Drivetrain
The BMW i3 has much less torque than the Lexus IS 350, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The BMW i3 has a smaller turning radius than the Lexus IS 350, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the BMW i3 is significantly less powerful than the Lexus IS 350. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
The BMW i3 has less seating than the Lexus IS 350, making the Lexus IS 350 the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The BMW i3 has less cargo capacity than the Lexus IS 350, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The BMW i3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus IS 350.

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2014 BMW
i3

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MSRP*: $41,350 - $45,200

2015 Lexus
IS 350

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MSRP*: $40,065 - $42,300
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Low APR Loan: As low as 3.59% --
Lease Incentive: As low as 4.08% --
City MPG: 137
Top 10 Fuel Efficient
19
Highway MPG: 111 26 - 28
Engine(s): 170-hp, (electric) V-6
Seating Capacity: 4 - 4 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $38,040 - $41,585 $37,261 - $39,339

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