Lexus IS vs ES

If you’re in the market for a luxury sedan, you’re likely considering one of the fabulous options available from Lexus. Two sedan models on offer are the IS and the ES, and each offers slightly different features and dimensions. So, how do you know which of the two options is the best suited to your commutes around Bedford, Manchester, and Merrimack? This comparison of the Lexus IS vs. ES from the team at Ira Lexus of Manchester will help you discover the answer.


Lexus IS vs ESThe LEXUS IS is considered a small car, while the ES falls in the midsize category. The IS small sedan comes standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that achieves 241 horsepower and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
There is also an additional engine available, a 3.5L V6 that produces 255 horsepower and a version of the same engine that is tuned to reach 306 horsepower. The base engine is EPA-estimated to achieve a fuel efficiency rating of 22 city/32 highway MPG.
Under the hood of the LEXUS ES, you’ll find a 3.5L V6 that achieves 268 horsepower, and is EPA-estimated to reach 21 city/20 highway MPG. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and comes standard with three different driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport. The IS offers a sportier driving feel, while the ES is more tuned for comfort.


Lexus IS vs ESInside each of the sedans, you’ll find seating for five on standard leatherette upholstery. You can upgrade to leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and add memory settings for the seats.
In the front seat of the IS, you’ll find 38.2 inches of headroom and 44.8 inches of legroom. Hip room measures 54.3 inches, while shoulder room is 55.9 inches. The ES offers 37.5 inches of front headroom and 41.9 inches of legroom. Hip room is 54.8 inches and shoulder room is 57.6 inches.
In the back seat of the IS, there’s 36.9 inches of headroom and 32.2 inches of legroom. Hip room is 54 inches, and shoulder room is 53.4 inches. The ES delivers 35.7 inches of rear headroom and 40 inches of legroom. Hip room is 53.8 inches, while shoulder room is 55 inches.
Cargo capacity of the IS is 10.4 ft3, while the ES delivers a large 15.2 ft3 of trunk space.


Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, to keep passengers warm or cool. Both vehicles come with Bluetooth® connectivity, satellite radio, and HD Radio™, so you can listen to all your favorite tunes and make phone calls without removing your hands from the wheel. The IS comes with a 10-speaker sound system, while the ES comes with eight speakers. The Lexus IS also comes with a standard moonroof.


Whether you’d prefer a small sedan, or a midsize offering, there’s a Lexus model that’s suited to fit your needs. Contact Ira Lexus of Manchester today to SCHEDULE A TEST DRIVE, and we’ll get you on the streets of Bedford, Manchester, and Merrimack.