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Lexus IS 350 C — Fulfilling a wish

By Jim and Ted Biederman

You have always just one convertible experience in life, but for a variety of reasons you never able to make the but you still have a passion for an machine even as you figure the for such extravagance has slipped

Here’s the truth, it is never too to fulfill that want and has just the ticket, a new-for-2010 top convertible that for most of the performs as a luxury coupe all the Lexus trappings and a Lexus-quiet And for those occasions when you to indulge in open-air enjoyment, the IS 350 C is to comply. Simply hold the top-open button for around 20 and you will be rewarded with a solid, refined convertible; and a come true.

As Lexus its first steel-top convertible, the SC 430 — hit showrooms as a 2002 model — it has a more affordable and more vehicle with the capability to four adults and a decent of cargo with the top up. While the SC was a juggernaut when it hit the streets a decade ago, it has grown a bit in the tooth; and for 2010 carries a price of around 70 grand.

The new-for-2010 IS convertible is based on the IS sports sedan and carries the IS styling theme from the bumper through the front as well as the same interior and features.

It also carries the engine configurations, a 2.5-liter V-6 204 horsepower in the IS 250 C and a 3.5-liter V-6 making 306 in the IS 350 C.

For this report we drove the but we spent seat time in a 250 year. We found the 350 more especially when you consider the Lexus falls into the category. If you desire a manual it’s available with the

The difference between the 250 and 350 is price, the list and interior amenities are identical in both vehicles the 350 has a few items of standard equipment not on the 250. The IS 250 C starts at $41,485 for the (the manual base is and the IS 350 C begins at $44,815 inclusive of charges. Our 350 C test vehicle was at $53,080 including charges for its alloy wheels, a luxury park assist, and a navigation that featured a Mark 270-watt audio system.

The comes in performance. The rear-driven IS mated to six-speed automatic, is at between 5.2 and 5.5 seconds depending on magazine time you prefer. The is seamless and quiet, and with the top can be exhilarating.

The Lexus has been in some performance circles as not as a handling machine on the twists and as, say, the BMW 3-Series. But the criticism is shallow because the Lexus is no in back-road performance while at the time offering an extremely ride (not necessarily a point with the Bimmer) and a quiet interior.

The IS 250’s 204 horses may be enough for a lot of owners. It is rated at an acceptable 8.4 from 0-to-60, has a less purchase price, and handily the gas mileage sweepstakes rated at city and 29 mpg highway. The bigger settles for 18-city and 25-highway.

Our with the Lexus convertible — and a big one — is with the rear styling. It that Lexus designers and did not do enough to conceal the hard opting for a bubble butt of magnificent proportions. We think could have done to conceal the bulbous rear Check out the BMW to get an idea of a more design. If this bothers but you are sold on the IS otherwise, check it out in a color, which helps out the look.

And there are other problems: the top is up the roof design limits to the rear. We recommend the rear-view for stress-free backing. Additionally, the steel top up we occasionally experienced rattle depending on road and there was also some rubbing of the rear right against the top. To Lexus’ it has created a extremely taut car the top down. The dreaded cowl is not found in this one solid of open-air machinery.

Trunk with the top up is excellent with room to store a couple of golf clubs or several Space shrinks dramatically the top down because of the sling the top rests in and the space needed to a smooth operation. With the top the rear seat makes an package tray for stuff, but cargo will find it impossible to be comfortable top up or down for than a few mile ride.

refinement is not only found in the drivability, but in its quality interior fit and finish is superb. It certainly take more than a few behind the wheel to discover differentiates a non-luxury convertible the Lexus.

We think Toyota navigation is the best and the system in the IS did not change our The maps are readable and the instructions are Also, all the switchgear in the 35 C is easily and gauges are easy to read and in readily available.

But we have a with the navigation-equipped Lexus The system forces you to go to the screen to hit pre-sets and to carry out climate functions. We wish Lexus follow the same route as other luxury car makers and highly used radio and climate functions separate the navigation screen.

Lexus has hit the sweet spot putting doses of Lexus quality the IS making it a viable option for who desire sophisticated top down while benefiting from the a hard top brings. This could be just that one you always wanted.



Base price: as driven, $53,080

Engine: V-6

Horsepower: 306 @ 6,400 rpm

Torque: 277 @ 4,800 rpm

Drive: rear

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

weight: 3,880 pounds

circle: 33.5 feet

capacity: 10.8 cubic


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