The entry-level luxury market is filled with options for buyers that are trying to get a vehicle that is comfortable and elegant yet still affordable. Two of the most popular choices for consumers in this sector are the 2014 Acura TSX and the 2014 Lexus IS 250. Each vehicle has its own strengths and weaknesses that are highlighted when they are compared to each other.
In today’s slow economy, many drivers are looking to minimize the amount that they spend on gas. The 2014 Acura TSX gets 22 city mpg and 31 hwy mpg for a combined fuel economy of 26 mpg, better than the IS 250’s 21 city mpg, 30 hwy mpg and 24 combined mpg.
In terms of performance, the IS 250 offers a slightly better engine with 204 horsepower compared to the TSX’s 201, but the 2014 Acura TSX has the advantage when it comes to vehicle size and space. The 2014 TSX is 185.6 inches long, while the IS 250 is shorter at 183.7. The 2014 Acura TSX also has more cargo volume with 14 cubic feet compared to the IS 250’s 13.8 cubic feet, and boasts a bigger gas tank with 18.5 gallons compared to the IS 250’s 17.4
When it comes to safety, both cars offer brake assistance, front side airbags, and side head curtain airbags, but the 2014 TSX has the benefit of also providing active head restraints, a feature that the 2014 IS 250 lacks. In terms of comfort, both vehicles are again very similar, but the 2014 TSX has two memory adjustments for the driver side and standard automatic/delayed locking, while the IS 250 must have an upgraded package to include these features. The TSX also has standard leather trimmed and front heated seats, two features that the IS 250 lacks in its standard model.
Both the 2014 Acura TSX and the 2014 Lexus IS 250 have a formidable presence in the entry-level luxury sedan market. However, the TSX stands above the IS 250 because of its luxurious interior features, more cargo volume, and better gas mileage. If you live anywhere in the greater Philadelphia area, come to Montgomeryville Acura to check out the new TSX yourself.
“Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.”