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Difference Between Honda Accord and Lexus IS

lexusHonda Accord vs. Lexus IS

Only a handful of carmakers could ever match up with the mainstream luxury sports sedan that Lexus builds. Sure enough, there are European brands which make it a point that their vehicles are awash with opulent amenities, but some still don’t get through to the preference of the American public, mainly because most are just too steeply priced. This is one reason why, in this comparison, we pit two Japanese brands against each other – the Lexus IS series versus the Honda Accord. As a matter of fairness, we focus only on the entry-level trims of both vehicles.

First up is the Honda Accord LX, which has a 2.4L inline-4, that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, and produces 177 horsepower at 6,500rpm. This thrifty engine has a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon for city and highway driving. Honda’s suggested retail price for this model starts at $21,765.

Meanwhile, the Lexus IS 250 is priced rather high, at $31,845, although this is justified, since it belongs to the luxury sports sedan category. For that price, you are awash with all the creature comforts you could dream of in an entry-level luxury sedan. It is quite sporty too, with a 6-speed manual gearbox attached to a 2.5L V6, 24 valve engine, that produces 204 horses at just 6400rpm. That power is delivered through the rear wheels, and if you drive rather sensibly, this vehicle can give you 21 miles for each gallon of gasoline.

Safety comes with luxury, and both of these cars offer standard 4-wheel ABS, on ventilated disc brakes. In terms of curb weight, the Accord LX comes out in a slightly trimmer 3230 lbs., and is supported by 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/60 All-Season tires. The Lexus IS weighs a bit more, at 3455lbs., and is supported by wider 225/45 tires, on 17-inch rims.

One must remember though, that all these numbers are for the entry-level models only, for both car manufacturers. Things get a bit more upscale, more competitive and pricier as you go up the different trim levels. The Accord offers three different trim levels, namely, the base LX, the upgraded EX, and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features, such as leather upholstery and an optional navigation system.

The Lexus IS 250, on the other hand, is available in 4 trims, ranging from the 250 RWD Manual to the ultra luxurious 350 RWD, which is equipped with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission attached to a 3.5-liter V6 engine, that pours out 306-horsepower.

What you normally would find in the Accord’s top level trim, is already available in the base Lexus IS. However, considering the price you have to pay for this Japanese Mercedes-Benz, it’s advisable to get the Accord, plus some change in return.


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