2011 Lexus
IS 250
vs. 2011 Toyota
Corolla S

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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OK brakes
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Better suspension
Independent
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 Toyota Corolla S

8.9

Runner-up

Toyota Corolla S

starting from

$19,360

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla S

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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Average-sized back seats
42.7 ft3
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • Leather comes standard on the IS 250; the Corolla S only offers cloth seats
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the IS 250's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the IS 250's power seats; not available on the Corolla S
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • The IS 250 can change direction around 10% faster, 0.91 g vs 0.83 g
  • The IS 250 can go more than 20% faster than the Corolla S, 140 mph vs 115 mph
  • The IS 250 needs around 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 129 ft vs 136 ft
Performance 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • The IS 250 has 2 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs 4
  • 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 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 16.9 lb/hp vs 21.2 lb/hp
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.1
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
Practicality 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Corolla S Winner: Corolla S
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  • The Corolla S's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the IS 250
  • The Corolla S has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • Disc brakes on the IS 250 can provide better stopping action
  • The IS 250 has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.9 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Toyota Corolla S Toyota
Corolla S
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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 Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the IS 250's power seats; not available on the Corolla S
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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 Corolla S only offers cloth seats

Road Tests

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Toyota Corolla S Toyota
Corolla S
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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 Corolla S is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs 136 ft The IS 250's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Corolla S is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.3 s @ 88 mph vs 16.8 s @ 83 mph The IS 250's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Corolla S's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.91 g vs 0.83 g The IS 250 has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Corolla S
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Top speed 140 mph vs 115 mph The IS 250's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Corolla S is just OK

Performance

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Toyota Corolla S Toyota
Corolla S
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Horsepower 204 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM The IS 250 is of average power, but the Corolla S is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The IS 250 has an OK number of gears, while the Corolla S has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Corolla S's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 21.2 lb/hp The IS 250 has OK performance while the Corolla S 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 Corolla S is comparable to most other vehicles

Entertainment System

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Toyota Corolla S Toyota
Corolla S
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Number of speakers 13 vs 6 The IS 250 has an extraordinary amount of speakers, but the Corolla S has very few
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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 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

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Toyota Corolla S Toyota
Corolla S
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 462 miles vs 449 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.0 ft3 vs 12.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.9 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3 The IS 250 has average-sized front seats, while the Corolla S is very cramped
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Corolla S'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 8 The Corolla S has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Toyota Corolla S Toyota
Corolla S
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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 Corolla S is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The IS 250 has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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

Cost

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Toyota Corolla S Toyota
Corolla S
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MSRP $34,170 vs $19,360 The Corolla S has a great price and the IS 250 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 26 mpg The Corolla S has great city mileage and the IS 250 is pretty reasonable
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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 Corolla S'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 Corolla S's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

Lexus
IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Toyota Corolla S Toyota
Corolla S
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The IS 250 is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Corolla S
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

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 Lexus GS 350 IS 350 vs GS 350
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 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Yaris Corolla vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Camry Corolla vs Camry
2011 Toyota Corolla S 2011 Toyota Matrix S Corolla S vs Matrix S
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Nissan Versa SL Corolla vs Versa SL
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Volkswagen Golf Corolla vs Golf

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Steve Patterson Steve Patterson (3:59 AM, June 22, 2014)
A moonroof has been optional on the Corolla for at least a decade.