2021 Lexus IS vs. 2021 Lexus ES

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2021 Lexus IS


2021 Lexus ES
$39,050 MSRP*

Starting Price

$40,000 MSRP**


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 Lexus sedan to keep you and your family moving through Cerritos with ease, you might be stuck between the 2021 Lexus IS vs. Lexus ES. So, what’s the difference between the IS and ES model? Each comes with its own expertly crafted performance along with a uniquely designed interior. See which you’ll bring home with our breakdown of the 2021 Lexus IS vs. ES, then shop for your next high-end ride among our inventory at Lexus of Cerritos!

2021 Lexus IS vs. ES: Price and Trim Packages

One of the major differences you’ll find between each model is their respective starting prices with the Lexus IS coming just a bit lower than the starting price of the Lexus ES. In addition to competitive pricing, you’ll have several trim packages to choose from in each so you can find the option that meets your needs and fits your budget. Those that opt for the Lexus IS will have four trims to choose from, while the ES lineup comes with nearly twice the choices. Here’s the starting prices and trims for each luxury sedan.

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*

2021 Lexus IS Models Parked

2021 Lexus IS vs. ES: Engine Specs

Another major difference between Lexus IS and ES models is their own performance capabilities on Long Beach roads. Both feature available AWD systems for better control during off-road adventures, while the IS comes with higher horsepower and the ES sports a slightly larger engine. You can also count on fewer stops to your next destination with their own reliable fuel economy ratings.

2021 Lexus IS

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

2021 Lexus ES

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

2021 Lexus ES Interior Seating

2021 Lexus IS vs. ES: Interior Dimensions

The compact exterior design of these two luxury models make it easy to navigate heavy traffic around Torrance and help you fit into a tight parking spot, but you’ll also enjoy plenty of cabin room. Each features ample individual seating so everyone can get comfortable whether you’re driving through town or far from home. The only difference is that the ES comes with a bit more trunk space so that nothing gets left behind.

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 in Person at Lexus of Cerritos

Now that you’ve had the chance to preview some of the differences between Lexus IS and ES models, make your own assessment of these two luxury sedans on Cerritos roads. Bring home a new Lexus IS or ES for sale from Lexus of Cerritos, and explore our new vehicle specials and regional offers to save on your purchase! You can even sell us your current used car to help towards your new purchase. Contact us today for more details, or to schedule an appointment at our dealership in Cerritos!

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*MSRP excludes delivery, processing and handling fee of $1,025, which may be subject to change at any time. Excludes taxes, dealer fees, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price will vary.

**EPA-estimated MPG. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

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