2011 Lexus
IS 250
vs. 2011 Mazda
6 i Touring

2011 Lexus IS 250

9.9

Winner

Lexus IS 250

starting from

$34,170

Reasons to buy the Lexus IS 250

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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More airbags
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Leather
Standard
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring

9.2

Runner-up

Mazda 6 i Touring

starting from

$23,430
"Sporty driving dynamics."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's handling
"Big trunk."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's storage

Reasons to buy the Mazda 6 i Touring

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Spacious back seats
46.3 ft3
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Good range on the highway
574 miles
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Good range in the city
407 miles
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • The IS 250 has 7 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 13 vs 6
  • The IS 250's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Practicality 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Winner: 6 i Touring
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 574 miles vs 462 miles
  • The 6 i Touring has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The IS 250's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 16.9 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp
  • The IS 250 has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • The IS 250 has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the IS 250's standard sun roof
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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 Not Available Leather comes standard on the IS 250; the 6 i Touring only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Number of speakers 13 vs 6 The IS 250 has an extraordinary amount of speakers, but the 6 i Touring has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The IS 250's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 6 i Touring does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 462 miles vs 574 miles The 6 i Touring has good highway range and the IS 250 is reasonable
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Cargo space 13.0 ft3 vs 16.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.9 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 The 6 i Touring has roomy front seats and the IS 250 is OK
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The 6 i Touring's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the IS 250
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The 6 i Touring has a good number of cupholders, but the IS 250 is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Horsepower 204 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The IS 250 is of average power, but the 6 i Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the 6 i Touring'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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 16.9 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp The IS 250 has OK performance while the 6 i Touring gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The IS 250 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 33.5 ft vs 35.4 ft The IS 250 can make tight turns, and the 6 i Touring is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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MSRP $34,170 vs $23,430 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 22 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The IS 250's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 6 i Touring's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The IS 250's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 6 i Touring's is very short

Safety Features

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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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 6 vs 5 The IS 250 has a good number of airbags, but the 6 i Touring 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 SafetyConnect vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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IS 250
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2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The IS 250's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Touring is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 139 ft The IS 250's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Touring is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.3 s s @ 88.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The IS 250's 1/4 mile time is average, but the 6 i Touring's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.91 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 140 mph 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 Acura TSX IS 250 vs TSX
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Toyota Corolla S IS 250 vs Corolla S
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 328i 6 i Touring vs 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Audi A4 Premium 6 i Touring vs A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Nissan Maxima SV 6 i Touring vs Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2012 Honda Civic Si 6 i Touring vs Civic Si
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 550i 6 i Touring vs 550i

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