Lexus IS and ES

2021 Lexus IS


2021 Lexus ES

$39,000 MSRP

Starting Price

$39,900 MSRP

Number of Trim Levels

241-hp Turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder

Base Engine

203-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder


10.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space

16.7 cubic feet

2021 Lexus IS vs. 2021 Lexus ES

Are you considering a Lexus sedan? If so, you may be wondering how the Lexus IS and ES compare. Both of these luxury sedans offer features like Apple CarPlay® and heated front seats, but there are some differences to note, such as performance and price. Wondering, “Which is bigger—the Lexus IS or ES?” We’ll be answering that question too. Regardless of whether you choose the Lexus IS or ES, though, you can expect the power and luxury of the Lexus brand. Read on to compare the Lexus IS vs. ES and decide which model is the right choice for your Colts Neck drives!

Lexus IS vs. ES: Overview

Regardless of the model you choose, you’ll feel more confident on the roads of Holmdel, thanks largely to the Lexus Safety System 2.0+. This system integrates driver assists like low-light pedestrian detection, daytime bicyclist detection, road sign recognition, and more to make your commutes safer. More differences between the Lexus IS and ES include:

  • The entry-level 2021 Lexus IS sedan starts at $39,000 MSRP and offers an available 17-speaker 1,800-watt Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System.
  • The 2021 Lexus ES sedan starts at $39,900 MSRP and offers an available 17-speaker 1,800-watt Mark Levinson® Pureplay Premium Surround Sound Audio System.

Lexus IS vs. ES: Overview

2021 Lexus IS Price:

  • IS 300: $39,000 (MSRP)
  • IS 300 AWD: $41,000 (MSRP)
  • IS 350 F Sport: $42,900 (MSRP)
  • IS 350 F Sport: $44,900 (MSRP)

2021 Lexus ES Price: 

  • ES 250 AWD: $40,000 (MSRP)
  • ES 250 F Sport AWD: $45,800 (MSRP)
  • ES 250 Luxury AWD: $45,200 (MSRP)
  • ES 250 Ultra Luxury AWD: $49,000 (MSRP)
  • ES 350: $40,000 (MSRP)
  • ES 350 F Sport: $45,800 (MSRP)
  • ES 350 Luxury: $45,200 (MSRP)
  • ES 350 Ultra Luxury: $49,000 (MSRP)
  • ES 350 F Sport Black Line Special Edition: $46,550 (MSRP)

Lexus IS vs. ES: Performance

The 2021 Lexus IS is available with three engine options with rear- or optional all-wheel drive:

  • 241-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with RWD and 21/30 city/highway mpg
  • 260-hp 3.5L V6 engine with AWD and 19/26 city/highway mpg
  • 311-hp 3.5L V6 engine with RWD and 20/28 city/highway mpg (available with AWD and 19/26 city/highway mpg)

The 2021 Lexus ES is available with two engines to make your journeys around Toms River even more efficient.

  • The ES 250 comes with a 203-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder and FWD and earns a 25/34 city/highway mpg rating. The ES 250 Luxury AWD with the same engine model earns the same ratings.
  • The ES 350 comes with a 302-hp 3.5L V6 engine and FWD and earns 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway. The ES 350 F Sport with FWD and the same engine earns 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway.

Lexus IS vs. ES: Interior Dimensions

Which is bigger? The Lexus IS or ES? Choosing between the Lexus IS or ES can be difficult from the angle of size. These models feature similar measurements across the board. The major consideration here is that the ES offers more trunk space. Take a quick peek at their measurements below:

The 2021 Lexus IS has a 10.8-cubic-foot cargo area and a 17.4-gallon fuel tank capacity. Inside its cabin, the IS has the following dimensions:

  • Front / rear headroom — 38.2 / 36.9 inches
  • Front / rear shoulder room — 55.9 / 53.4 inches
  • Front / rear hip room — 54.3 / 54.0 inches
  • Front / rear legroom — 44.8 / 32.2 inches

The 2021 Lexus ES offers 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space and a 15.9-gallon fuel tank, as well as plenty of space for five passengers:

  • Front / rear headroom — 37.5 / 37.8 inches with a moonroof, 37.6 / 37.8 inches with a panorama glass roof
  • Front / rear shoulder room — 55.9 / 54.3 inches
  • Front / rear hip room — 55.0 / 54.3 inches
  • Front / rear legroom — 42.4 / 39.2 inches

Lexus IS vs. ES: Safety

Whether you choose the Lexus IS or ES, you’ll enjoy access to the available Lexus Safety System+ 2.5. This suite of accident prevention features utilizes radar technology to scan the road, detect potential accidents, and prevent them from happening. Take a quick look at the features included:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Road Side Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Intelligent High Beam

Compare the 2021 Lexus IS and 2021 ES at Ray Catena Lexus of Monmouth

So, will it be the Lexus IS or ES? If you have more questions about the difference between the Lexus IS and ES, contact us online or call us at (732) 493-5000! We’ll help you schedule a test drive, so you can compare the Lexus IS and ES for yourself. Be sure to browse our new vehicle specials for great offers on Lexus IS and ES models! Don’t forget to explore our used Lexus ES models as well!

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