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2021 Audi A4 vs. 2021 Lexus IS 350 Review

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2021 Audi
A4

MSRP*: $39,100 to $40,900
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2021 Lexus
IS 350

MSRP*: $42,950 to $44,950
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Invoice* $36,755 to $38,447 $39,945 to $41,805
MPG - City 24 MPG 19 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 MPG 26 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 12.0 ft3 10.8 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-6
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 201 - 261 hp 311 hp
Exterior Length 187.5 in 185.4 in
Exterior Width 72.7 in 72.4 in
Leg Room Front 41.3 in
Rear 35.7 in
Front 44.8 in
Rear 32.2 in
Head Room Front 37.3 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 38.2 in
Rear 36.9 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Audi A4 than the Lexus IS 350. The Lexus IS 350 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Audi A4.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Audi A4 as you will with the Lexus IS 350, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Audi A4 will have less of an impact on your bank account 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 Audi A4 and the Lexus IS 350 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Audi A4 is about the same width as the Lexus IS 350. When looking at overall length, the Audi A4 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Lexus IS 350.

Handling
The Audi A4 has a significantly larger turning radius than the Lexus IS 350, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Audi A4 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.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Audi A4 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Lexus IS 350.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Audi A4 and the Lexus IS 350. The Audi A4 has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Lexus IS 350.

Warranty
The Audi A4 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus IS 350.