2010 Lexus IS 250C convertible — Test drive and new car review — 2010…

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The IS-C is the new hardtop convertible of Lexus’ IS sedan. Like the the IS convertible is available in 204 hp IS 250C and 306 hp IS versions. I’ll be honest the IS sedan isn’t exactly my luxury car. Is the convertible any better? Read on. $39,365 $43,915 as tested, EPA fuel estimates 18-21 MPG city, MPG highway.

First Glance: suits you

It’s amazing a little amputation can do. Case in The new-for-2010 Lexus IS C convertible. The version of the IS is my least-favorite Lexus; I it cramped and allergic to fun. But a hacksaw to the IS has done wonders. about the IS sedan; the IS-C is another ball of string. Or is another ball of wax? ball of. oh, never mind the — my point is that the IS makes a fantastic convertible.

start with the styling. the top up. the Lexus IS-C looks a proper coupe, and a darn one at that (provided you can ignore the gaps between the trunk lid and the of the body). Top down. it looks better — there’s any visual evidence that it has any top

Even the roof itself is a of beauty. A single switch goes to photo) operates the top. which raises and in record time — it less than 20 seconds for the IS C to get almost as fast as a Mazda (I bet you were expecting me to say . as fast as my girlfriend, right? Please.) The top goes back on in 20 seconds, come to think of it, is like my girlfriend. The important part is IS’ top does its thing in two-thirds the time of most convertibles, which may not seem much — but when got the engine idling, the transmission in and you’re ready to zoom off to next whatever, those few make all the difference in the world.

In the Seat: Leave your behind

2010 Lexus IS dashboard

Photo © Aaron Gold

I extensively about the interior in my IS test drive. so I’ll you just the highlights: The controls are a bit but the buttons and gauges are big and clearly The optional navigation system is no the best in the biz, but it’s pretty good. The front are comfy and roomy; the back is very tight on legroom, but the itself is better than convertibles.

Visibility with the up isn’t great; the back is tiny and the sides of the interior upwards, covering a good of the rear-side windows. Things get much better with the top especially if the rear seat are in place, although you can drop by yanking a lever at the base of the seats. (Check out the view in the view mirror: Headrests up. down .)

Like most convertibles, trunk space is a Top up, the trunk stows a paltry cubic feet. To lower the you have to deploy a fiddly divider. which leaves 2.4 cubic feet of space. you read that right two-point-four. That’s enough for a getaway, provided you leave suitcase at home and just your clothes in wherever fit. Some convertibles, the BMW 3-series and Volkswagen Eos, storage space under the the IS-C has none. That the IS can be had with a proper spare while many of its rivals on run-flat tires or a repair

On the Road: It’s no BMW

Perhaps seen those TV commercials Lexus ISes speeding and all over the place like from Fast and Furious Successful, Mature, and Otherwise People Drive Like Twenty-Year-Olds . Please, get that out of your head right The IS-C is a perfectly enjoyable but for the 5% of the population who regularly use phrases oversteer, four-wheel-drift and My blood is. , the IS-C is not the car you are looking for.

get me wrong; it’s an enjoyable with a nice taut and good grip. The IS-C like it wants to be a BMW — but if you try to drive it like a BMW, it its arms over its head and into a Toyota. A big part of the is the schizophrenic electronic stability system. During my drive on the Cars Top Secret Curvy Road, it would jump in a phantom stab of the brakes it wasn’t needed, yet remain when I tried to tempt it a ham-fisted yank of the wheel. The is fine if you don’t push too and it’s stable and sure-footed in swerves. But if you’re looking for be aware that the IS-C

I did like the powertrain, though. My had the smaller of the IS’ two V6s (2.5 204 hp) coupled to a 6-speed automatic. was more than adequate, as was economy; I averaged 24.3 per gallon of premium. The IS350’s 306 hp 3.5 engine is nice, but not worth the $5,500, if you ask me. Oh, and skip the manual-transmission of the IS 250 — it shifts like a truck.

Journey’s End: The Depends on what you like

2010 Lexus IS 250C

© Aaron Gold

I still talked about my favorite of this car, which is how it is. Top down, windows up, and with the mesh wind blocker my IS 250C was quieter than sedans I’ve driven, and turbulence was virtually non-existent. without the wind blocker, the IS is more peaceful that convertibles. With the top up, it’s a tomb, but without the unpleasant

Is the IS-C the best hardtop you can buy? That depends on priorities. As someone who loves to I prefer the BMW 3-series, which has enough room for two small in the trunk, even with the top It’s a lot more fun in the curves and yet its is just as comfortable (though not as as the Lexus. That said, the IS price undercuts the Bimmer’s by six grand.

Infiniti has a new convertible of the G37 ; it’s sportier and more fun to than the IS, but has even less space and a serious problem chassis flex. It’s not as well engineered as the IS. Other include the Volkswagen Eos. is smaller but much less and the Chrysler Sebring. which I only suggest to someone I like.

If you’re looking for a quiet, convertible — and if you don’t to travel with more one passenger — the IS C is the best If you prefer something sportier, it isn’t. Regardless, it’s a convertible — and an amazing from the IS sedan. — Gold

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