2011 Lexus
ES 350
vs. 2011 Lexus
IS 250

2011 Lexus ES 350

9.9

starting from

$37,600

Reasons to buy the Lexus ES 350

Badge
Navigation system
Optional
Badge
Average 0-60 time
6.4 seconds
Badge
Average-sized back seats
43.0 ft3
Badge
Average 1/4 mile time
14.9 s s @ 98.0 mph mph
2011 Lexus IS 250

9.8

starting from

$34,170

Reasons to buy the Lexus IS 250

Badge
Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
Badge
Tighter turning radius
33.5 ft
Badge
Worse drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
Badge
More speakers
13
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
[details]
  • The IS 250 has 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 13 vs 8
Practicality 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus ES 350 Winner: ES 350
[details]
  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 500 miles vs 462 miles
  • Room for more than 10% more stuff, 14.8 ft3 vs 13.0 ft3
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus ES 350 Winner: ES 350
[details]
  • The ES 350 has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 7 vs 6
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
[details]
Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
[details]
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither offers paddle shifters
  • Underpowered
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
[details]
  • Both come standard with sun roofs
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
[details]
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
Missing information
[details]
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.8 vs 9.9

Entertainment System

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus ES 350 Lexus
ES 350
Help
Number of speakers 13 vs 8 The IS 250 has more speakers, but the ES 350 has very few
Help
Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
Help
CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
Help
premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the ES 350, you can upgrade to satellite radio
Help
Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
Help
Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Help
entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus ES 350 Lexus
ES 350
Help
Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
Help
Highway driving range 462 miles vs 500 miles The ES 350 has good highway range and the IS 250 is reasonable
Help
Cargo space 13.0 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
Help
front seats 53.9 ft3 vs 52.3 ft3 Both average size front seats
Help
folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
Help
power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
Help
roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
Help
navigation system Not Available vs Optional The ES 350 offers an optional navigation system; not available on the IS 250
Help
Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
Help
front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus ES 350 Lexus
ES 350
Help
antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
Help
Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
Help
Airbags 6 vs 7 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the ES 350 is particularly good (including Rear Side)
Help
Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
Help
child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
Help
Roadside assistance system SafetyConnect vs SafetyConnect

Cost

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus ES 350 Lexus
ES 350
Help
MSRP $34,170 vs $37,600 Inexpensive
Help
In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
Help
basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
Help
basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Performance

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus ES 350 Lexus
ES 350
Help
Horsepower 204 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM Underpowered
Help
Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
Help
Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The ES 350's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
Help
paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
Help
Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Help
Power-to-weight ratio 16.9 lb/hp vs 13.4 lb/hp The ES 350 has OK performance while the IS 250 gives sluggish performance
Help
Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Help
Curb-to-curb turning radius 33.5 ft vs 36.7 ft The IS 250 turns on a dime, and the ES 350 is comparable to most other vehicles

Luxury Features

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus ES 350 Lexus
ES 350
Help
moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
Help
power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
Help
keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
Help
leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus ES 350 Lexus
ES 350
Help
Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the ES 350
Help
Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
Help
Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus ES 350 Lexus
ES 350
Help
0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The ES 350's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the IS 250 is sluggish
Help
Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 131 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Help
1/4 mile 16.3 s s @ 88.0 mph mph vs 14.9 s s @ 98.0 mph mph The ES 350's 1/4 mile time is average, but the IS 250's is quite bad
Help
Lateral acceleration 0.91 g vs Unknown
Help
Top speed 140 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Lexus ES 350 2011 Lexus GS 350 ES 350 vs GS 350
2011 Lexus ES 350 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 ES 350 vs E350
2011 Lexus ES 350 2011 Toyota Camry XLE ES 350 vs Camry XLE
2011 Lexus ES 350 2011 Lexus LS 460 ES 350 vs LS 460
2011 Lexus ES 350 2011 BMW 550i ES 350 vs 550i
2011 Lexus IS 350 2011 Lexus GS 350 IS 350 vs GS 350
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 BMW 328i IS 250 vs 328i
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Acura TSX IS 250 vs TSX
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Toyota Corolla S IS 250 vs Corolla S
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Toyota Camry XLE IS 250 vs Camry XLE

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

Showing 0 comments