BMW 3 Series vs Lexus IS

2020 BMW 3 Series

When you’re in the market for a luxury sedan, you have lots of vehicles to choose from, but none quite top the features and capabilities of the 2020 BMW 3 Series or the 2020 Lexus IS. With outstanding performance, space, and technology, both vehicles are sure to take your travels in and around Tampa and South Tampa to the next level.

To help you decide between the two, we here at Reeves BMW Tampa—a family-owned dealership since 1971—have created this BMW 3 Series vs. Lexus IS comparison. After reading, you’ll know which of these two vehicles will be better suited for your Brandon and Wesley Chapel, FL, commute. Let’s get started!

Unbeatable Power

2020 BMW 3 Series Engine Specs

If you’ve ever dreamed of strapping on a pair of driving gloves, buckling in, and going full throttle like a professional racecar driver, you’ll find the same exhilarating feeling is possible with your luxury sedan. Luckily for you, both the BMW 3 Series and the Lexus IS come standard with a 2.0L engine. However, with these two models, you’ll quickly see that all engines aren’t created equally.

The Lexus IS churns out 241 horsepower. Still, compared to the 255 horsepower of the 3 Series, the Lexus IS gets left in the dust. While you can upgrade the engine of your Lexus IS to pump out more power, it still can’t compete with the BMW 3 Series.

BMW 3 Series vs Lexus IS Optional Engine Specs


3 Series



3.0L TwinPower Turbo

3.5L V6


382 HP

311 HP

Acceleration (0 to 60 MPH)

4.1 seconds

5.7 seconds

Drivers who seek unbeatable power will only find it with the BMW 3 Series.

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BMW 3 Series vs Lexus IS Dimensions

2020 BMW 3 Series InteriorWhen you’re looking for a new sedan, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough room to travel comfortably, especially if you have rear-seat passengers. You’ll find both the 3 Series and the Lexus IS offer spacious seating accommodations, but you’ll have a little more room with the BMW 3 Series.

In the Lexus IS, you’ll have 36.9 inches of headroom, 32.2 inches of legroom, and 53.4 inches of shoulder room in the back row.

With the BMW 3 Series, on the other hand, you’ll have 37.6 inches of headroom, 35.2 inches of legroom, and 54.6 inches of shoulder room, giving an all-around more spacious ride for rear-seat passengers.


Advanced Technology

2020 BMW 3 Series TechnologyWhether you’re taking a quick drive or headed out on a road trip, safety is the most important thing. That’s why you’ll have a safety system that comes standard on both luxury models. These systems actively scan for potential hazards and can alert you to any issues in order to help prevent a collision.

While both vehicles offer this monitoring system, only in the BMW 3 Series will you also get BMW’s Active Protection System. If it detects a potential collision, this system will step in and automatically pretension your seat belts, close all windows, and activate post-crash braking.

All doors will unlock, and your battery will also automatically disconnect from the alternator, fuel pump, and starter. In the BMW 3 Series, you’ll have the security of both pre- and post-collision safety features.

Want to learn even more about this luxury sedan? Check out our BMW 3 Series vs. Cadillac CT5 review!

BMW 3 Series vs Lexus IS: The Verdict

When you’re ready to upgrade your commute around Tampa and South Tampa, Florida, the BMW 3 Series and the Lexus IS are two great options. However, in terms of performance, dimensions, and safety, there’s no real competition.

To learn more about the BMW 3 Series and how it will change your Brandon and Wesley Chapel travels, head over to our dealership, where we’ll exceed your expectations. Visit us at Reeves BMW Tampa today!