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Model
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Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
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2009. - 2013.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
rear
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2007. - 2011.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4585 mm
1800 mm
1440 mm
398 liters
398 liters
65 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4850 mm
1843 mm
1497 mm
394 liters
394 liters
64 liters
2009 Lexus IS
2007 Chrysler Sebring

Engine

Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2499 cc
207 hp
252 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Chrysler
2.7 V6 EER
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2736 cc
186 hp
256 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1535 kg
8.1 s
230 km/h
13.5 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
9.8 l/100km
231 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1520 kg
10.3 s
210 km/h
14.6 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
9.9 l/100km
236 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1535 kg
8.5 s
225 km/h
11.8 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
194 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Expenses

7000 EUR
Price from
2900 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the Lexus and front in the case of the Chrysler). The first one has a Toyota-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 207hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 186hp engine designed by Chrysler.

Safety

The fact that the Lexus got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, puts it sky-high safety-wise, in my eyes at least. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the Japanese car offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Lexus is significantly less fault-prone, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Lexus with an average rating of 4.9, and models under the Chrysler badge with 4.4 out of 5. The same official information place IS as average reliability-wise, and Sebring is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Lexus is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.2 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 230 kilometers per hour, 20km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 9.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (29 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Lexus is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Japanese car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Lexus being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Lexus. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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