2011 Lexus
IS 250
vs. 2012 Acura
TL

2012 Acura TL

9.9

Winner

Acura TL

starting from

$43,770

Reasons to buy the Acura TL

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Navigation system
Standard
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Entertainment system
Standard
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OK performance
13.1 lb/hp
2011 Lexus IS 250

9.5

Runner-up

Lexus IS 250

starting from

$34,170

Reasons to buy the Lexus IS 250

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Tighter turning radius
33.5 ft
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More airbags
6
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CD changer
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Below average top speed
140 mph
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the TL 's satellite radio
  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the TL ; no amount of money can buy it on the IS 250
  • The TL 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • You won't find this in the IS 250, but the TL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
  • Almost the same, 55.0 ft3 vs 53.9 ft3
  • Almost the same, 481 miles vs 462 miles
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the IS 250
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • The IS 250 has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • The best price we've seen is $9,600 cheaper (more than 20% less), $34,170 vs $43,770
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 18 mpg
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL hits 60mph more than 10% faster, 6.8 seconds vs 7.9 seconds
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 15.3 s @ 96 mph vs 16.3 s @ 88 mph
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.5

Entertainment System

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 250 Lexus
IS 250
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Number of speakers 10 vs 13 The IS 250 has more speakers and the TL is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the TL 's satellite radio
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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
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The TL has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the TL ; no amount of money can buy it on the IS 250

Practicality

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 250 Lexus
IS 250
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 481 miles vs 462 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 12.5 ft3 vs 13.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.0 ft3 vs 53.9 ft3 The TL has roomy front seats and the IS 250 is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the IS 250, but the TL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 250 Lexus
IS 250
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 204 HP @ 6,400 RPM The TL is of average power, but the IS 250 is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the TL 's semi-automatic transmission and the IS 250's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the IS 250
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 16.9 lb/hp The TL has OK performance while the IS 250 gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The TL will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the IS 250
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.4 ft vs 33.5 ft The IS 250 turns on a dime, and the TL is comparable to most other vehicles

Safety Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 250 Lexus
IS 250
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The IS 250 has a good number of airbags, but the TL is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system AcuraLink vs SafetyConnect

Cost

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 250 Lexus
IS 250
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MSRP $43,770 vs $34,170 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 250 Lexus
IS 250
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 129 ft The TL 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the IS 250 is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.3 s @ 96 mph vs 16.3 s @ 88 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.9 g vs 0.91 g The IS 250 has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average TL
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Top speed 130 mph vs 140 mph Both have a very low top speed

Luxury Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 250 Lexus
IS 250
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 250 Lexus
IS 250
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Lexus ES 350 IS 250 vs ES 350
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 Toyota Corolla S IS 250 vs Corolla S
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Honda Accord EX-L IS 250 vs Accord EX-L
2012 Acura TL 2011 Acura TSX TL vs TSX
2012 Acura TL 2011 BMW 328i TL vs 328i
2012 Acura TL 2011 Nissan Maxima SV TL vs Maxima SV
2012 Acura TL 2011 Lexus ES 350 TL vs ES 350
2012 Acura TL 2011 Infiniti G37 TL vs G37

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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helloworld (0:57 AM, October 06, 2014)
What about gas mileage? And ride quality?
 
Snookums (0:38 AM, September 02, 2012)
The 0-60 performance for the 4th Gen TL lineup is somewhat odd... The base model 3.5L FWD AT, does it close to 6 flat, the 3.7L SHAWD AT does it in the high 6s, and the same 3.7L SHAWD with a MT does it in 5.2!