2011 Lexus IS 250

2011 Lexus IS 250 Competitors

$35k luxury car, designed & built in Japan 21 city / 30 hwy 359-513 mile range, gas engine
204 hp 152 cu. in. V6 5 stars stability control, ABS, child door locks

As well as being compared against other luxury cars, the 2011 Lexus IS 250 is also often compared to cars and sports cars. The 2011 Lexus IS 250's top rivals come from Volkswagen (such as the CC R-Line and the Passat V6 SE) and Suzuki (such as the Kizashi S)

compared to luxury car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the IS 250 compared to other luxury car competitors include: it is slightly more fuel efficient in the city (21 mpg vs 18 mpg), is slightly more fuel efficient on the highway (30 mpg vs 25 mpg), less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change (5 stars vs 4 stars), slightly tighter turning radius (33.5 ft vs 36.7 ft) and significantly better cornering ability (0.91 g vs 0.83 g).

However, on average it is slightly more sluggish (16.8 lb/hp vs 11.5 lb/hp), is slightly less powerful (204 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 306 HP @ 6,400 RPM), has slightly less spacious back seats (34.4 ft3 vs 42.9 ft3), significantly slower 0-60 time (7.7 seconds vs 5.7 seconds) and slightly slower 1/4 mile time (16.0 s s @ 89.0 mph mph vs 14.5 s s @ 98.8 mph mph).

2011 BMW 535i

2011 BMW 535i
$50,975

Significant advantages of the 535i (vs the IS 250)

  • Optional rear air conditioning
  • 535i's Twin turbocharger increases power output: Twin turbocharger vs None
  • Optional folding rear seats

Significant disadvantages of the 535i (vs the IS 250)

  • Worse cornering ability: 0.84 g vs 0.91 g
  • Paddle shifters not available
  • Leather must be bought separately

common strengths of the 535i and IS 250

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 28 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Good highway range: 518 miles vs 513 miles
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 BMW 535i vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

2011 Lexus GS 350

2011 Lexus GS 350
$49,725

Significant advantages of the GS 350 (vs the IS 250)

  • Better road traction: all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive
  • Significantly faster 0-60 mph time: 5.7 seconds vs 7.7 seconds
  • Sportier performance: 13.1 lb/hp vs 16.8 lb/hp

Significant disadvantages of the GS 350 (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 25 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Paddle shifters not available
  • Significantly fewer speakers: 10 vs 13

common strengths of the GS 350 and IS 250

  • Both vehicles can make tight turns: 35.4 ft vs 33.5 ft
  • Both have good airbag coverage: 7 vs 6
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
arrow Compare the GS GS 350 vs the IS IS 250

2011 Lexus IS 350

2011 Lexus IS 350
$40,595

Significant advantages of the IS 350 (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly faster 0-60 mph time: 5.3 seconds vs 7.7 seconds
  • Significantly faster 1/4 mile time: 13.8 s s @ 101.2 mph mph vs 16.0 s s @ 89.0 mph mph
  • Sportier performance: 11.5 lb/hp vs 16.8 lb/hp

Significant disadvantages of the IS 350 (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly worse cornering ability: 0.83 g vs 0.91 g

common strengths of the IS 350 and IS 250

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 27 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 20 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • Both can turn on a dime: 33.5 ft vs 33.5 ft
arrow Compare the IS IS 350 vs the IS IS 250

2011 Lexus ES 350

2011 Lexus ES 350
$37,600

Significant advantages of the ES 350 (vs the IS 250)

  • Roomier back seats: 43.0 ft3 vs 34.4 ft3
  • Faster 0-60 mph time: 6.4 seconds vs 7.7 seconds
  • Sportier performance: 13.4 lb/hp vs 16.8 lb/hp

Significant disadvantages of the ES 350 (vs the IS 250)

  • Higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 5 stars
  • Significantly wider turning radius: 36.7 ft vs 33.5 ft
  • Only has rear-wheel drive: front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive

common strengths of the ES 350 and IS 250

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 27 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Both have good airbag coverage: 7 vs 6
  • Inexpensive: $37,600 vs $35,340
arrow Compare the ES ES 350 vs the IS IS 250

2011 Lexus LS 460

2011 Lexus LS 460
$68,005

Significant advantages of the LS 460 (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly faster 0-60 mph time: 5.4 seconds vs 7.7 seconds
  • Significantly more powerful: 380 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 204 HP @ 6,400 RPM
  • Sportier performance: 11.4 lb/hp vs 16.8 lb/hp

Significant disadvantages of the LS 460 (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 24 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 16 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • Significantly worse cornering ability: 0.8 g vs 0.91 g

common strengths of the LS 460 and IS 250

  • Both vehicles can make tight turns: 35.4 ft vs 33.5 ft
  • Good highway range: 533 miles vs 513 miles
  • Both have good airbag coverage: 6 vs 6
arrow Compare the LS LS 460 vs the IS IS 250

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350
$50,275

Significant advantages of the E350 (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly roomier back seats: 45.0 ft3 vs 34.4 ft3
  • Optional folding rear seats
  • : Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission

Significant disadvantages of the E350 (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 24 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Significantly wider turning radius: 36.9 ft vs 33.5 ft
  • Worse city mileage: 17 mpg vs 21 mpg

common strengths of the E350 and IS 250

  • Both have good airbag coverage: 7 vs 6
  • Good highway range: 506 miles vs 513 miles
  • Good protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

compared to car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the IS 250 compared to car competitors include: it has slightly more airbags (6 vs 5), has a slightly longer-lasting basic warranty (4 year vs 3 year), has a slightly longer basic warranty (50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile), has better traction (rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive) and has an auxiliary audio input jack.

However, on average it gets slightly less from a tank of gas on the highway (513 miles vs 574 miles), has significantly less spacious back seats (34.4 ft3 vs 46.3 ft3), doesn't have folding rear seats (not available vs standard) and has significantly less powerful speakers (194 watts vs 440 watts).

2012 Volkswagen CC R-Line

2012 Volkswagen CC R-Line
$31,280

Significant advantages of the CC R-Line (vs the IS 250)

  • CC R-Line's Turbocharger increases power output: Turbocharger vs None
  • Significantly roomier back seats: 43.2 ft3 vs 34.4 ft3

Significant disadvantages of the CC R-Line (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly shorter basic warranty: 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • Significantly shorter-lasting basic warranty: 3 year vs 4 year
  • Paddle shifters not available

common strengths of the CC R-Line and IS 250

  • Good highway range: 574 miles vs 513 miles
  • Both have power seats for the passenger
  • Both have power seats
arrow Compare the 2012 Volkswagen CC R-Line vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

2011 Suzuki Kizashi S

2011 Suzuki Kizashi S
$19,764

Significant advantages of the Kizashi S (vs the IS 250)

  • Much tighter turning radius: 18.0 ft vs 33.5 ft
  • Roomier back seats: 41.6 ft3 vs 34.4 ft3
  • Folding rear seats comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Kizashi S (vs the IS 250)

  • Lacks auxiliary audio input jack
  • CD player not available
  • Higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 5 stars

common strengths of the Kizashi S and IS 250

  • Both vehicles can make tight turns: 18.0 ft vs 33.5 ft
  • Both have good airbag coverage: 6 vs 6
  • Good highway range: 515 miles vs 513 miles
arrow Compare the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi S vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

2011 Mazda 6 s Touring Plus

2011 Mazda 6 s Touring Plus
$27,875

Significant advantages of the 6 s Touring Plus (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly roomier back seats: 46.3 ft3 vs 34.4 ft3
  • Folding rear seats comes standard
  • : Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission

Significant disadvantages of the 6 s Touring Plus (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly worse cornering ability: 0.81 g vs 0.91 g
  • Significantly shorter basic warranty: 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • Significantly shorter-lasting basic warranty: 3 year vs 4 year

common strengths of the 6 s Touring Plus and IS 250

  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both have power seats
arrow Compare the 2011 Mazda 6 s Touring Plus vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
$27,105

Significant advantages of the Sonata Limited (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly fewer trips to fill-up when driving on the highway: 648 miles vs 513 miles
  • Significantly longer-lasting basic warranty: 5 year vs 4 year
  • Significantly roomier front seats: 58.2 ft3 vs 53.9 ft3

Significant disadvantages of the Sonata Limited (vs the IS 250)

  • Much worse cornering ability: 0.77 g vs 0.91 g
  • Fewer airbags: 5 vs 6
  • Passenger power seats not available

common strengths of the Sonata Limited and IS 250

  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Good highway range: 648 miles vs 513 miles
  • Longer-lasting basic warranty: 5 year vs 4 year
arrow Compare the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

2011 Toyota Camry XLE

2011 Toyota Camry XLE
$27,485

Significant advantages of the Camry XLE (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly roomier back seats: 47.2 ft3 vs 34.4 ft3
  • Folding rear seats comes standard
  • Fewer trips to fill-up when driving on the highway: 592 miles vs 513 miles

Significant disadvantages of the Camry XLE (vs the IS 250)

  • Higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 5 stars
  • Significantly worse cornering ability: 0.8 g vs 0.91 g
  • Significantly shorter basic warranty: 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile

common strengths of the Camry XLE and IS 250

  • Both have good airbag coverage: 6 vs 6
  • Good highway range: 592 miles vs 513 miles
  • Both come standard with sun roofs
arrow Compare the 2011 Toyota Camry XLE vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

2012 Ford Focus Titanium

2012 Ford Focus Titanium
$22,995

Significant advantages of the Focus Titanium (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 110 ft vs 131 ft
  • Significantly better highway mileage: 38 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Better city mileage: 28 mpg vs 21 mpg

Significant disadvantages of the Focus Titanium (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly shorter basic warranty: 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
  • Significantly shorter-lasting basic warranty: 3 year vs 4 year
  • Lower top speed: 115 mph vs 140 mph

common strengths of the Focus Titanium and IS 250

  • Both have good airbag coverage: 6 vs 6
  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability: 0.88 g vs 0.91 g
  • Both come standard with paddle shifters
arrow Compare the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

compared to sports car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the IS 250 compared to sports car competitors include: it has standard paddle shifters (standard vs not available), slightly better cornering ability (0.91 g vs 0.83 g), is significantly more fuel efficient in the city (21 mpg vs 12 mpg), is significantly more fuel efficient on the highway (30 mpg vs 19 mpg) and costs less ($35,340 vs $189,095).

However, on average it is significantly less powerful (204 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 567 HP @ 6,000 RPM), only has a naturally-aspirated engine (none vs twin turbocharger), significantly slower 0-60 time (7.7 seconds vs 5.1 seconds), significantly longer braking distance from 60mph (131 ft vs 107 ft) and significantly slower 1/4 mile time (16.0 s s @ 89.0 mph mph vs 12.9 s s @ 106.7 mph mph).

2011 Chevrolet Camaro LS

2011 Chevrolet Camaro LS
$23,655

Significant advantages of the Camaro LS (vs the IS 250)

  • Much shorter braking distance from 60mph: 107 ft vs 131 ft
  • Significantly faster 0-60 mph time: 5.7 seconds vs 7.7 seconds
  • Significantly faster 1/4 mile time: 14.4 s s @ 98.3 mph mph vs 16.0 s s @ 89.0 mph mph

Significant disadvantages of the Camaro LS (vs the IS 250)

  • Paddle shifters not available
  • Worse city mileage: 17 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • Leather not available

common strengths of the Camaro LS and IS 250

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 28 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Fantastic highway range: 532 miles vs 513 miles
  • Good city range: 323 miles vs 359 miles
arrow Compare the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro LS vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

2010 Bentley Continental GT

2010 Bentley Continental GT
$189,095

Significant advantages of the Continental GT (vs the IS 250)

  • Much more powerful: 567 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 204 HP @ 6,400 RPM
  • Much higher top speed: 195 mph vs 140 mph
  • Much shorter braking distance from 60mph: 103 ft vs 131 ft

Significant disadvantages of the Continental GT (vs the IS 250)

  • Much worse highway mileage: 19 mpg vs 30 mpg
  • Much worse city mileage: 12 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • Lacks auxiliary audio input jack

common strengths of the Continental GT and IS 250

  • Both come standard with paddle shifters
  • Good highway range: 452 miles vs 513 miles
  • Both have power seats for the passenger
arrow Compare the 2010 Bentley Continental GT vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250

2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
$47,350

Significant advantages of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec (vs the IS 250)

  • Significantly more powerful: 429 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 204 HP @ 6,400 RPM
  • Sportier performance: 9.4 lb/hp vs 16.8 lb/hp
  • Significantly roomier back seats: 48.8 ft3 vs 34.4 ft3

Significant disadvantages of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec (vs the IS 250)

  • Paddle shifters not available
  • Significantly worse cornering ability: 0.83 g vs 0.91 g
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 16 mpg vs 21 mpg

common strengths of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec and IS 250

  • Fantastic highway range: 508 miles vs 513 miles
  • Good city range: 325 miles vs 359 miles
  • Both have spacious front seats: 60.4 ft3 vs 53.9 ft3
arrow Compare the 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec vs the 2011 Lexus IS 250