COMPARISON: 2016 LEXUS IS 200t vs BMW 3 SERIES

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Looking for a luxury sedan that’s powerful, fun to drive and has a turbocharged engine? Between the Lexus IS 200t and the BMW 3 Series, there’s only one that meets the description.
Read on to find out what differentiates these two luxury sedans, and why drivers in El Monte, California should take notice:

Safety

LEXUS IS 200t
Southern California is a care-free place, so stay that way in a car that will keep you and your family safe on the road. The all-new IS 200t comes with more standard safety features as well as adaptive technology when compared to the competition. Plus, it earned a perfect 5-Star Overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Safety features on the IS include SmartStop technology, a system developed by Lexus that safely decelerates when the vehicle detects an oncoming object and assists the brakes in moments of uncertainty. It also comes with HID headlamps and LED taillights, 10 standard airbags and a backup camera.

BMW 3 SERIES
Similar to the IS, the 3 Series also earned a 5-Star Overall rating from the NHTSA. However, it lacks a few safety features that come standard on the IS.

Drivers will get standard airbags, safety belts, child seat anchors, antilock brakes, electronic stability control and brake assist, but the 3 Series does not come available with SmartStop technology. It does come with auto-leveling headlamps, lane departure warning and night vision, like the IS.

Features

LEXUS IS 200t
The IS comes standard with leatherette seating that’s comfortable and supportive for long trips. Drivers may also add leather seats, ventilated front seats and heated seats. Additionally, it comes with a standard moonroof, automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, iPhone integration and Siri voice recognition.

Optional features include a navigation system, Lexus Remote Touch, lane departure warning and a collision mitigation system. For enhanced audio, drivers can also add the Mark Levinson sound system with 15 speakers. Looking for the ultimate in connectivity? Look no further than the Lexus Enform App Suite, which offers navigation and access to your smartphone and other mobile devices quickly.

BMW 3 SERIES
The 3 Series has similar seating options to the IS 200t, but it does have a somewhat high driving position. It also comes with a 9-speaker audio system, push-button start, Bluetooth technologies, USB port, automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch display and BMW’s infotainment system.

Add-ons include adaptive cruise control, navigation, satellite radio, moonroof, rear- and side-view cameras, parking sensors, a premium audio system and lane departure warning.

Engine and Body

LEXUS IS 200t
The IS 200t comes with a 2-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 241 horsepower @ 5,800 RPM. Underneath its beautiful exterior is a track-tuned chassis, independent double-wishbone front suspension and multilink rear suspension with coil springs.

BMW 3 SERIES
The BMW 3 Series also has a 2-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, but it only produces 180 horsepower @ 5,000 RPM. It has a strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension.

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