Entering the luxury market is a big step for drivers, so we get a lot of questions about how the 2018 Lexus IS 300 compares to competitors like the 2018 Audi A4. It’s a close race, but you may find that the Lexus is a better value when you examine the standard and available features.
Below, we’ll give you the details you need to make an informed decision. Read on, then visit us in El Monte, California to test drive a brand-new Lexus.
Lexus IS 300
All models of the 2018 Lexus IS come standard equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Other standard safety equipment includes a backup camera, 10 standard airbags, and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect telematics system.
Interior features include a power moonroof, SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, NuLuxe premium leather alternative seating, voice command, and dual-zone climate control. For your entertainment and convenience, the IS 300 has Lexus Display Audio, Scout GPS Link Navigation, Bluetooth wireless, subscription-free traffic and weather, and Lexus Enform Service Connect and Remote apps.
The 2018 A4 comes standard with a rear parking camera and the Audi pre-sense basic and Audi pre-sense city collision mitigation systems. If you want additional safety tech, you’ll need to upgrade.
Standard interior features include leather seating, heated front seats, three-zone climate control, a sunroof, and comfort front armrest. The A4’s infotainment features include a voice control system, smartphone interface, and Bluetooth wireless tech. The Audi’s base model does not include navigation system or a telematics system.
Optional or Available Features
Lexus IS 300
Individual options on the IS 300 include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming and heated exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, Adaptive Front Lighting, a power rear sunshade, and heated steering wheel.
The Premium Package gives you heated and ventilated front seats, while the Comfort Package adds a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, Blind Spot Monitor, auto-dimming mirrors, and the Lexus Memory System. The Navigation and Navigation/Mark Levinson Packages give you the ultimate in audio and intuitive tech, while the F Sport Package turns your IS into a track-worthy sedan with special suspension tuning, F Sport bolstered seating, and more.
The A4 Premium Plus adds and SOS telematics system, Parking system plus with rearview camera, and Audi side assist with pre-sense rear. Additionally, this trim includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system, HD Radio, and Audi music interface with dual USB ports.
The A4 Prestige (starts at $45,500 MSRP) has Audi active lane assist, head-up display in full color, Audi virtual cockpit, traffic sign recognition, and high beam assist. It also adds MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch, a top-view camera system, and adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist.
While Audi’s top trim is well equipped, drivers who choose the base model may feel like they’ve missed out on the luxury experience. Visit us in El Monte today to see why Lexus is a top choice in Los Angeles.
Lexus IS 300
Starting at $38,210 MSRP
Starting at $36,00 MSRP