2020 Lexus IS


2020 Lexus ES

2020 Lexus IS vs. 2020 Lexus ES

There’s nothing quite like navigating St. Charles in a brand-new luxury sedan, but if you’re trying to decide between the Lexus IS vs. ES, which should you choose? The differences between the Lexus IS and Lexus ES might be subtle, but you might be surprised by how each factor affects your driving experience in Geneva. Let’s take a look at the key differences and find your perfect Lexus.

2020 Lexus IS


2020 Lexus ES



2.0L 4-cylinder engine

Base Engine

3.5L V6 engine
241 hp

Base Horsepower

302 hp
Rear-wheel drive

Base Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive
10.8 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

16.7 cubic feet

Lexus IS vs. ES: Price

Lexus sedans are always popular choices in our new vehicle special inventory, and the Lexus IS and ES are fully-equipped with some of the top technology across all trim levels. For example, the Lexus Safety System 2.0+ includes advanced technology like low-light pedestrian detection, daytime bicyclist detection, road sign recognition, and more. And while the Lexus ES has a slightly higher price point, the ES also includes slightly more premium features:

  • The entry-level Lexus IS sedan has a $38,560 MSRP with an available 15-speaker 835-watt Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System
  • The entry-level Lexus ES sedan starts at $39,900 MSRP with an available 17-speaker 1,800-watt Mark Levinson® Pureplay Premium Surround Sound Audio System

Lexus IS vs. ES: Performance

The Lexus IS offers three engine options with either rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, while the Lexus ES offers two engine options of its own with fuel-efficient front-wheel drive. Compare the engine specs and mpg ratings here.

Lexus IS Engine Specs and MPG Ratings

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

Lexus ES Engine Specs and MPG Ratings

  • 3.5L V6 engine with 302 hp and 22/32 city/highway mpg or 22/31 city/highway mpg with the F-Sport configuration
  • 2.5L 4-cylinder hybrid engine with 215 hp and 43/44 city/highway mpg

Lexus IS vs. ES: Dimensions

Between the two models, the Lexus ES has the advantage when it comes to interior cargo capacity, and the Lexus IS has a little extra headroom and legroom overall.

Lexus IS Dimensions

  • Cargo volume: 10.8 cubic feet
  • Fuel tank: 17.4 gallon
  • Headroom (front / rear): 38.2 / 36.9 inches
  • Shoulder room (front / rear):  55.9 / 53.4 inches
  • Hip room (front / rear):  54.3 / 54.0 inches
  • Legroom (front / rear):  44.8 / 32.2 inches

Lexus ES Dimensions

  • Cargo volume: 16.7 cubic feet
  • Fuel tank: 15.9 gallon
  • Headroom (front / rear):  37.5 / 37.8 inches with moonroof, 37.6 / 37.8 inches with panorama glass roof
  • Shoulder room (front / rear):  55.9 / 54.3 inches
  • Hip room (front / rear):  55.0 / 54.3 inches
  • Legroom (front / rear):  42.4 / 39.2 inches

Explore Lexus Sedans at Lexus of Naperville

The best way to see the difference between Lexus IS and ES is to take a test drive, so stop by Naperville today. The team at Lexus of Naperville will get you behind the wheel to experience all the fantastic features in person. We can also help you learn about the 2020 Lexus RX 350 interior, which Lexus models have AWD, read the Lexus ES reviews, compare the Lexus ES vs. GS,  or Lexus ES vs. LS, learn about our college grad and military rebate programs, and more! Apply for financing to get started!

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

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