LEXUS IS 300h
A RECURRING THEME for winners in our GSC categories is that they’re the most affordable of the top three finalists. Not so the Lexus IS 300h. Splitting the difference in price to the Audi and Benz, the IS 300h claws back points with its efficient hybrid drivetrain, longer warranty period, and reasonable insurance cost. In contrast to the usual three-year warranty offered in the premium segment, Lexus offers a longer four-year term for added peace of mind, and it again splits the Germans with a comprehensive insurance quote at $949 per year. Besting the Audi and Lexus’s 12 month/15,000km service interval, the Mercedes wins with a longer 25,000km period, despite housing a sophisticated 48-volt hybrid system. The Audi scores a solid point for its lower depreciation, dropping $27,489 over three years.