2020 Lexus IS vs ES

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

2020 Lexus IS


2021 Lexus ES *
$39,000 MSRP

Starting Price

$39,900 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

Two of the most popular Lexus sedan models in Union City are the Lexus IS and Lexus ES. That’s because they offer the high-quality performance and amenities that Lexus vehicles are known for in two distinct but equally sleek packages. So, which is right for you? Butler Lexus of South Atlanta covers the 2021 Lexus IS vs. ES comparison below so you can decide!

2021 Lexus IS vs. ES: Dimensions 

One of the major differences between the Lexus IS and ES is the size. The ES is slightly larger than the IS, which means it has a little more cushion inside and cargo space in the back. At the same time, the smaller size of the IS makes it more convenient for city parking around Peachtree City and Fayetteville. Here are the interior dimensions in the Lexus IS vs. ES matchup: 

2021 Lexus IS 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 
  • Cargo Space: 10.8 cubic feet 

2021 Lexus ES Dimensions: 

  • 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 
  • Cargo Space: 16.7 cubic feet 

2021 Lexus IS vs. ES: Engines 

The ES may be bigger, but the IS is the one that starts with the more powerful 241 hp engine! Both the IS and ES come with V6 engine upgrades and extremely competitive fuel economy, as you can see below with this 2021 Lexus IS vs. ES engine comparison: 

2021 Lexus IS Engine Options: 

  • 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces 241 hp and gets 21/31 city/highway mpg
  • 3.5L V6 engine that produces 260 hp and gets 19/26 city/highway mpg
  • 3.5L V6 engine that produces 311 hp and 20/28 city/highway mpg 
  • An AWD 3.5L V6 engine that produces 19/26 city/highway mpg
  • All with either Eight-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters or Six-speed paddle-shift transmission 

2021 Lexus ES Engine Options: 

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder that produces 203 hp FWD and earns a 25/34 city/highway mpg rating. 
  • 3.5L V6 engine that produces 302 hp and earns a 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway.
  • Both are available with All-Wheel Drive and Direct-Shift eight-speed automatic transmission 

2021 Lexus IS vs. ES Amenities 

Newnan drivers know to expect the best luxury amenities in a Lexus vehicle. And for 2021, these Lexus sedans are more advanced than ever, with newly-designed touchscreens, Lexus Safety System 2.0+, new steering wheel trims, and all the technology you need to stay connected! 

Test Drive a Lexus Sedan Today! 

So, now that you know more about the difference between the Lexus IS and ES, which sedan do you think is right for you? We’ve got them both ready for Union City drivers at Butler Lexus of South Atlanta, where we’ve got regular new vehicle specials and car buying tips to help you decide on which vehicle is right for you. The best way to make up your mind is to see one for yourself, so contact us today and set up a test drive!

*2020 Model

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