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2021 Lexus ES 250 vs. 2021 Lexus IS 350 Review

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2021 Lexus
ES 250

MSRP*: $40,000 to $49,000
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2021 Lexus
IS 350

MSRP*: $42,950 to $44,950
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Invoice* $37,468 to $45,749 $39,945 to $41,805
MPG - City 25 MPG 19 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 MPG 26 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 16.7 ft3 10.8 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 203 hp 311 hp
Exterior Length 195.9 in 185.4 in
Exterior Width 73.4 in 72.4 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 39.2 in
Front 44.8 in
Rear 32.2 in
Head Room Front 37.5 in
Rear 37.8 in
Front 38.2 in
Rear 36.9 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Lexus ES 250 than the Lexus IS 350. The Lexus IS 350 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Lexus ES 250.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Lexus ES 250 as you will with the Lexus IS 350, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Lexus ES 250 is somewhat more expensive than the Lexus IS 350. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Lexus ES 250 and the Lexus IS 350 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus ES 250 is a little wider than the Lexus IS 350, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. If you go with the Lexus ES 250, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Lexus IS 350.

Handling
The Lexus ES 250 has a significantly larger turning radius than the Lexus IS 350, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus ES 250 is significantly less powerful than the Lexus IS 350. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Lexus ES 250 has much less torque than the Lexus IS 350, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus ES 250 and the Lexus IS 350. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Lexus ES 250 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus IS 350.

Warranty
The Lexus ES 250 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus IS 350.