2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2018 Lexus IS

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a car-lover’s dream, with style for miles and speed to spare. At a nice starting price and with a display case full of awards for the 2018 model year, the Giulia has truly had a banner year. But if you’re not yet convinced by the excellent quality and performance of the 2018 Giulia thus far, and if you’re in the market for some upmarket sedans, then you’ll want to see our comparison of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. the 2018 Lexus IS sedan. Read on to see why the Giulia wins in a walk-off!

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2018 Lexus IS

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia


2018 Lexus IS

280 (Giulia base) to 505 (Quadrifoglio) Horsepower 241 to 311
191 Top Speed (MPH) 143
3.8 seconds  Top 0-60 Time 5.7 seconds
Yes 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year? No
Yes Car and Driver 2018 Editors' Choice? No
$38,195 MSRP $38,210

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2018 Lexus IS

The 2018 Lexus IS is an impressive vehicle in its own right, with a starting power output of 241 horsepower and which reaches as high as 311 HP. That’s nothing to sneeze at. But if you do happen to sneeze, please don’t do so around the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia, which is a performance sedan without peer in this class. The 2018 Giulia is fully-loaded with 280 HP in its base trim, nearly 40 more than the base 2018 IS, and then takes a huge lead both in our hearts and on the racetrack with a quantum leap to 505 HP in the aptly-named Quadrifoglio trim. It’s because of this luxurious performance as well as the vehicle’s style, that the 2018 Giulia was named the 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year, and received plenty of other praise for the 2018 model year, including making the 2018 Car and Driver Editors’ choice list. The 2018 Lexus IS achieved neither of these lofty honors. The 2018 Giulia also goes from 0-60 in an astonishing 3.8 seconds in its top-line trim option, while the 2018 IS takes 5.7 seconds in its top trim to achieve the same speed.

And the 2018 Giulia is also more affordable than the 2018 IS, with an MSRP that is a little lower, but with that lower price you get so much more performance and style that will turn heads every time you hit the road. While the 2018 Lexus IS looks a lot like the Toyota Camry, with a blocky exterior and squared-off front and rear fascias, the 2018 Giulia is sleeker and more athletic. The Giulia is a unique luxury vehicle, and was also given the “Compasso d’Oro ADI” award, a prestigious design honor, while the Lexus IS looks like a typical mass-produced sedan.

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