2021 Lexus IS vs. 2021 Lexus ES

2021 Lexus IS vs. 2021 Lexus ES
2021 Lexus IS


2021 Lexus ES
$39,000 MSRP

Starting Price

$40,000 MSRP

Number of Trim Levels

241-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder

Base Engine

203-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder


10.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space

16.7 cubic feet

If you’re considering a new luxury sedan for your commute to Lakewood Ranch, but you’re looking for something that is reasonably priced, either the Lexus IS or Lexus ES would do perfectly. After all, they’re only $1,000 apart, belong to the same segment, and are made by the same manufacturer. That is to say, they’re remarkably similar sedans. They do have important differences, however. Read on for a breakdown of the difference between the Lexus IS and ES for help with deciding which is best for you. Then apply for financing and contact Wilde Lexus Sarasota in Sarasota to test drive them both! 

2021 Lexus IS vs. ES: Price

Before we dive into features, let’s take a look at which model will best fit into your budget by comparing pricing for each of their configurations: 

2021 Lexus IS

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

2021 Lexus ES

  • 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

Both sedans fall within virtually identical price ranges with the Lexus IS trending towards being slightly more affordable. 

2021 Lexus IS vs. ES: Engine Specs

Both sedans offer lightweight frames with powerful engine options that have surprisingly high fuel economy numbers. The main differences between the Lexus IS and ES when it comes to performance is the IS slightly more powerful than the ES, and the ES is slightly more efficient than the IS. See how their specs compare below: 

2021 Lexus IS: 

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder base engine
  • 241 horsepower
  • RWD and AWD 
  • 258 lb-ft of torque
  • 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway

2021 Lexus ES: 

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder
  • 203 horsepower
  • FWD and AWD
  • 184 lb-ft of torque
  • 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway

2021 Lexus IS vs. ES: Interior Dimensions

Regardless of whether Venice drivers choose the IS or ES, they’ll enjoy roomy cabin dimensions and ample cargo space. That said, while they have similarly sized cabins, the ES provides a bit more cargo space and rear legroom: 

2021 Lexus IS

  • Headroom (Front/Rear): 38.2 inches/36.9 inches
  • Legroom (Front/Rear): 44.8 inches/32.2 inches
  • Shoulder Room (Front/Rear): 55.9 inches/53.4 inches
  • Hip Room (Front/Rear): 54.3 inches/54 inches
  • Cargo Capacity: 10.8 cubic feet

2021 Lexus ES

  • Headroom (Front/Rear): 37.5 inches/37.8 inches
  • Legroom (Front/Rear): 42.4 inches/39.2 inches
  • Shoulder Room (Front/Rear): 55.9 inches/54.3 inches
  • Hip Room (Front/Rear): 55 inches/54.3 inches
  • Cargo Capacity: 16.7 cubic feet

Compare the Lexus IS vs. ES With a Test Drive in Sarasota 

Now that you’ve read about the differences between the Lexus IS and ES, call Wilde Lexus Sarasota to test drive them both near Bradenton and get a real feel for those differences yourself. Our phone number is (941) 257-0514. While you’re here, take a moment to explore our other Lexus comparisons to see how the Lexus NX stacks up to the 2021 Lexus RX and more!

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