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2023 Lexus IS vs. Lexus ES

2023 Lexus IS Driving
2023 Lexus IS

vs.

2023 Lexus ES
$40,985 MSRP*

Starting Price

$42,590 MSRP*
2.0L In-Line 4

Standard Engine

2.5L In-Line 4
241 hp

Standard Horsepower

203 hp
21 mpg city/31 mpg highway

Fuel Economy

25 mpg city/34 mph highway
38.2 / 36.9 inches

Headroom (Front/Rear)

37.5 / 37.8 inches with moonroof
10.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space

13.9 cubic feet

At Lexus of Santa Fe, our Lexus showroom has several sedans for car shoppers who want something compact and ideal for everyday driving. This includes the 2023 Lexus IS and 2023 Lexus ES, but if you’re trying to decide on one, you might be curious about the difference between them. While both are a five-passenger luxury sedan, the IS is a sports sedan that churns more oomph for the road, whereas the ES is geared towards more casual driving with generous room even for the rear seats. Dive in the full details in our 2023 Lexus IS vs. ES comparison below!

What’s the Performance Difference Between the Lexus IS and ES?

When looking at the standard engine configuration for both Lexus models, there is a clear distinction between the level of performance. On one hand, the Lexus IS lives up to its name as a sports sedan, pumping out significantly higher horsepower and torque than the ES. It also can go from 0 to 60 mph in fewer seconds, giving you that thrill that you seek. But on the other hand, the Lexus ES is still up to par with high-end performance, delivering the luxury distinction Taos drivers are looking for. This sedan is also more suitable for daily drives as it’s much more efficient than the IS as you can see below:

2023 Lexus IS – 2.0L In-Line 4 Engine

  • 241 hp
  • 258 lb-ft of torque
  • DOHC, 16-valve, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
  • 21 city/31 highway EPA-estimated mpg
  • 6.9 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph

2023 Lexus ES – 2.5L In-Line 4 Engine

  • 203 hp
  • 184 lb-ft of torque
  • Dual cam, four valves per cylinder, with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
  • 25 city/34 highway EPA-estimated mpg
  • 8.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph

What’s the Dimension Difference Between the Lexus IS and ES?

In addition to the performance distinction, these sedans also differ when it comes to dimensions. The 2023 ES is overall larger than the IS and also has more cargo volume for your belongings. The rear row also has more room for your passengers and in fact, its specs are higher than the front row! If you often have company that will use your rear row, the Lexus ES definitely makes more sense. However, if you’re more of a solo traveler in Espanola, you will find the Lexus IS to have plenty of space. Check out the dimensions here:

2023 Lexus IS Dimensions

  • Length/Width/Height: 185.4/72.4/56.5 inches
  • Seating Capacity: Up to 5 passengers
  • Cargo Capacity: 10.8 cubic feet
  • Headroom (Front/Rear): 38.2 / 36.9 inches
  • Legroom (Front/Rear): 44.8 / 32.2 inches
  • Shoulder Room (Front/Rear): 55.9 / 53.4 inches

2023 Lexus ES Dimensions

  • Length/Width/Height: 195.9/73.4/57.1 inches
  • Seating Capacity: Up to 5 passengers
  • Cargo Capacity: 13.9 cubic feet
  • Headroom (Front/Rear): 37.5 / 37.8 inches with moonroof
  • Legroom (Front/Rear): 42.4 / 39.2 inches
  • Shoulder Room (Front/Rear): 55.9 / 54.3 inches

Discover Your Lexus Sedan in Santa Fe

So what will it be? The 2023 Lexus ES or IS? Regardless of which you’re leaning towards, swing by Lexus of Santa Fe for a test drive or continue your research online! We’re happy to help you get into the high-end sedan that you deserve in the Santa Fe area!

 

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