Compare 2019 Lexus IS vs 2019 Lexus ES

2019 Lexus IS 300 vs 2019 Lexus ES 350
2019 Lexus IS 300 2019 Lexus ES 350


2.0L Turbo I-4 3.5L V6


241 302

  MPG (City/Highway)

21/30 * 22/33 *


8-speed shiftable automatic 8-speed shiftable automatic

2019 Lexus IS 300 vs 2019 Lexus ES 350

Serving Lynnwood, WA

As you search for the right executive car to drive home in, your attention understandably is focused on the new Lexus lineup. Lexus has a well-earned reputation for designing stunning vehicles that are loaded with luxurious, advanced features and that have stellar performance capabilities. The 2019 Lexus IS is a compact executive car that has an undeniable appeal. It is commonly compared against the 2019 Lexus ES. The ES is a midsize executive sedan. These two vehicles are similar on the surface, but an in-depth comparison reveals that one may be a better fit for your needs and expectations than the other.


Both of these vehicles are available in multiple trims and powertrains, but only the 2019 Lexus ES is offered in a hybrid version. The base trim of the 2019 Lexus IS is equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine that offers 241 horsepower. It is mated to an 8-speed auto sport transmission with direct shift. Another powertrain available for the IS is a V6, 3.5-liter engine with 311 horsepower and a similar transmission. Both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive options are available for the new IS. If you decide to drive home in the 2019 ES, your Lexus may be powered by a 3.5-liter, V6 engine with an 8-speed auto transmission with direct shift technology. If offers 302 horsepower. If you prefer to drive a hybrid ES, your Lexus will be equipped with a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder hybrid engine with a lithium-ion battery. It is mated to an automatic ECVT and offers 176 horsepower. With these and other powertrains to compare before you finalize your purchase plans, a test drive at our dealership is essential.


One of the most notable differences about the exterior of the 2019 Lexus IS versus the ES is their size. As a midsize car, the ES is slightly larger across all dimensions than the IS. Therefore, it offers more passenger and cargo space. Subtle differences throughout the exteriors of these cars have a major impact on their overall look. For example, both of these vehicles have a stunning LED lightning bolt element on the front end, but it is separated below the headlights in the IS. In the ES, this element is integrated into the headlights. The air intake vents on the IS jut inward toward the grille on the bottom, and they flow inward to the grille on the top in the ES. Contouring and character lines also flow differently across the hood and side panels in these vehicles. Both have an excellent range of standard or optional features throughout the exterior, such as a remote trunk release, several wheel sizes and styles, power adjusting and heated side view mirrors, a panoramic sunroof and other equipment.


The 2019 Lexus IS and the new ES are well-appointed with exceptional tech equipment and fine materials throughout, but their specific features vary by trim. Some of the features that are comparable across both executive car models are a large color display for the infotainment system, voice recognition for the navigation system, mounted controls on a leather-wrapped steering wheel, memory, and heating on the power-adjusting front seats, USB ports, smartphone integration, an excellent sound system and more. It’s also worth noting that the 2019 Lexus ES is now available with Apple CarPlay. Our sales associates are available to assist with an in-depth comparison of the trims for both models when you arrive at our dealership.

While the IS and the ES from Lexus are similar in many ways, important differences exist. Our Lexus sales associates are eager to help you pick out the exact car that is a good match for your expectations and needs. To continue your comparison of these executive cars, contact our dealership today to take a test drive.

* Preliminary mileage estimates determined by Lexus. EPA mileage estimates not available at time of publishing. Actual mileage will vary.

2019 Lexus ES 350 EPA 22/city, 33/hwy, 26/comb MPG estimates. Actual mileage will vary.