2011 Lexus
IS 350
vs. 2012 Acura
TL

2012 Acura TL

9.8

starting from

$43,770

Reasons to buy the Acura TL

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average-sized back seats
43.2 ft3
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OK cornering
0.9 g
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Navigation system
Standard
2011 Lexus IS 350

9.7

starting from

$40,595

Reasons to buy the Lexus IS 350

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Tighter turning radius
33.5 ft
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Average 0-60 time
5.3 seconds
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Good braking distance from 60mph
114 ft
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Average 1/4 mile time
13.8 s @ 101 mph
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.6
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the TL 's satellite radio; in the IS 350, too, but it'll cost
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the IS 350
Performance 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus IS 350 Winner: IS 350
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  • The IS 350 needs more than 10% less space to turn, 33.5 ft vs 38.4 ft
  • The IS 350's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 11.5 lb/hp vs 13.1 lb/hp
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus IS 350 Winner: IS 350
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  • The IS 350 has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the IS 350
  • Almost the same, 55.0 ft3 vs 53.9 ft3
  • Almost the same, 481 miles vs 462 miles
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.7

Entertainment System

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 350 Lexus
IS 350
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Number of speakers 10 vs 13 The IS 350 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 Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the TL 's satellite radio; in the IS 350, too, but it'll cost
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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 Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the IS 350

Performance

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 350 Lexus
IS 350
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 306 HP @ 6,400 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The TL 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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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 11.5 lb/hp Both have OK 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 350
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.4 ft vs 33.5 ft The IS 350 turns on a dime, and the TL is comparable to most other vehicles

Safety Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 350 Lexus
IS 350
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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 350 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

Practicality

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 350 Lexus
IS 350
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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 350 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 Optional The TL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the IS 350
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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

Cost

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 350 Lexus
IS 350
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MSRP $43,770 vs $40,595 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 20 mpg The IS 350 has great city mileage and the TL is pretty reasonable
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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

Luxury Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 350 Lexus
IS 350
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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 350 Lexus
IS 350
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Lexus IS 350 Lexus
IS 350
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 5.3 seconds The IS 350's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the TL is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 114 ft The IS 350 has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the TL is just OK
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1/4 mile 15.3 s @ 96 mph vs 13.8 s @ 101 mph The IS 350's 1/4 mile time is average, but the TL 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.9 g vs 0.83 g The TL has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average IS 350
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Lexus ES 350 IS 250 vs ES 350
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 BMW 328i IS 250 vs 328i
2011 Lexus IS 350 2011 Mercedes-Benz C350 IS 350 vs C350
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Toyota Camry XLE IS 250 vs Camry XLE
2011 Lexus IS 350 2011 Lexus GS 350 IS 350 vs GS 350
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 Infiniti G37 Limited Edition TL vs G37 Limited Edition
2012 Acura TL 2011 Lexus ES 350 TL vs ES 350

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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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!