2016 Acura TLX vs. 2015 Lexus IS 250: Compare the Acura TLX to the Lexus IS 250
2016 Acura TLX sedanVS2015 Lexus IS 250 sedan
With four cylinders or six, on highways, back roads or city streets, the TLX efficiently outperforms the IS.

Acura 2016 TLX Features
  • Performance
  • Driver Assists
  • Interior
  • Exterior
PerformanceThe 2.4L TLX pairs an 8-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS®). On the IS, the 6-speed automatic feels two gears short of a full deck, while the rear wheels don’t multitask. In the TLX V-6, available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®) provides you with precision torque vectoring on twisty roads, something the Lexus AWD system can’t deliver.
2015 Acura TLX V-6 performance sedan
Driver AssistsWith the available Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation and the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system55, the TLX essentially comes with a co-pilot, ready to lend a hand, eyes or a foot at a microsecond’s notice. In the IS, you always are on your own. None of these advanced systems are available.
2015 Acura TLX sedan
InteriorWant keyless ignition, heated front seats, driving position memory, and Pandora®45 compatibility on the IS? Well, open your wallet. They’re costly extras on the Lexus but standard equipment on the Acura. Hoping for SiriusXM® Satellite Radio4 capability and text and email smartphone integration44? You won’t find them on the Lexus but they’re standard on the TLX.
TLX V-6 with Advance Package shown
2015 Acura TLX interior
ExteriorStunning Jewel Eye® LED headlights shine brighter and whiter, longer and wider and last much longer than traditional halogen bulbs. They are standard equipment on the TLX but optional on the IS, just like the multi-view rear camera
2015 Acura TLX sedan
Feature Comparison
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  • 2015 Acura TLX wheel2015 Lexus IS 250 wheel
    The thin, tapered spokes on the V-6 model’s 18-inch alloy wheels disguise their rugged, high performance capabilities.
  • 2015 Acura TLX LED headlights2015 Lexus IS 250 headlights
    Equipped on every TLX, Jewel Eye® LED headlights shine whiter, brighter and further. On the IS, they are an expensive option.
  • 2015 Acura TLX dashboard2015 Lexus IS 250 dashboard
    TLX with Technology Package shown
    IS300 with Luxury and Navigation Packages shown

    A well-organized dashboard with a metallic finish trumps the IS offering.
  • 2015 Acura TLX backseat2015 Lexus IS 250 backseat
    A wider cabin and larger backseat make a fifth passenger more than just a talking point.
  • 2015 Acura TLX shifter knob2015 Lexus IS 250 shifter knob
    TLX V-6 shown
    IS300 with Luxury and Navigation Packages shown

    On the V-6 model, the traditional shifter knob has been replaced with air.
  • 2015 Acura TLX touchscreen2015 Lexus IS 250 touchscreen
    TLX with Technology Package shown
    IS300 with Luxury and Navigation Packages shown

    Bright, intuitive touchscreen simplicity comes standard. Perfectly tactile buttons and knobs, too.
Price, Performance And More.
2015 Lexus IS 250 sedan2016 Acura TLX sedan
Starting at$31,9001$36,550
Standard horsepower206-hp204-hp
4-cyl EPA MPG Rating27 (City / Hwy / Comb.)24 / 35 / 2821 / 30 / 24
6-cyl EPA MPG Rating27 (City / Hwy / Comb.)21 / 34 / 2516 / 28 / 22
AWD EPA MPG Rating27 (City / Hwy / Comb.)21 / 31 / 2519 / 26 / 21
Standard transmission8-speed dual-clutch automatic6-speed automatic
Available transmission9-speed automatic (V-6)6-speed automatic
Text and email smart phone integration44StandardNot available
Brake holdStandardNot available
LED headlightsStandardNot standard
All-wheel steeringStandard (2WD models)Not available
AWD torque vectoringStandard (AWD models)Not available
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with head-up warningAvailableNot available
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system55AvailableNot available
Road Departure Mitigation systemAvailableNot available
Keyless ignitionStandardNot standard
Heated front seatsStandardNot standard
Driving position memoryStandardNot standard
Pandora®45 compatibilityStandardNot standard
Rear leg room, in34.532.2
Rear shoulder room55.453.4
Rear hip room54.954.0