2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Lexus IS Series

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Safety

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The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The IS Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The IS Series doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry TRD/XLE/XSE offers an optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The IS Series doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The IS Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Camry and the IS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Lexus IS Series:

Camry

IS Series

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

140

274

Neck Injury Risk

20%

36%

Neck Stress

262 lbs.

339 lbs.

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

47 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

55%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

197 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

64 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

266/310 lbs.

426/505 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Lexus IS Series:

Camry

IS Series

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

193 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

474 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

164

295

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

806 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The IS Series has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the IS Series (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Camry’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the IS Series’ camshafts. If the IS Series’ belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Camry V6 is faster than the IS 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Camry

IS Series

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.6 sec

12.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.5 sec

19.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.6 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the IS Series RWD:

Camry

IS Series

2.5 4 cyl. (203 HP)/8-spd. Auto

29 city/41 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.5 4 cyl. (203 HP)/8-spd. Auto LE/SE

28 city/39 hwy

n/a

2.5 4 cyl. (206 HP)/8-spd. Auto XLE/XSE

27 city/38 hwy

n/a

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto

22 city/33 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto XSE

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto TRD

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

Brakes and Stopping

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The Camry stops shorter than the IS Series:

Camry

IS Series

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camry SE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the IS Series (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camry XSE/TRD has standard 19-inch wheels. The IS Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camry is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the IS Series.

The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the IS Series AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the IS Series (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 350 pounds less than the Lexus IS Series.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the IS 350 F Sport (41 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camry a Mid-size car, while the IS Series is rated a Compact.

The Camry has 10.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the IS Series (100.4 vs. 90.2).

The Camry has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear legroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the IS Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Camry has a much larger trunk than the IS Series (15.1 vs. 10.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The IS Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Camry and the IS Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Camry is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The IS Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Camry’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The IS Series’ cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Camry’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The IS Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the IS Series’ headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Camry has standard extendable sun visors. The IS Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $2080 to $6825 less than the IS Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the IS Series because typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the IS Series, including $93 less for a water pump, $59 less for a muffler, $438 less for a starter, $197 less for fuel injection, $28 less for front struts and $391 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $16818 to $18273 less than for the Lexus IS Series.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Camry, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lexus IS Series isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The IS Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Lexus IS Series by over nineteen to one during the 2019 model year.

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