Review: Lexus convertible, IS 250C, has luxury worth a look —

14 Янв 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Pleasure, yes. Thrills, no. you consider heeling over a small sailboat in a stiff to be thrilling. That’s how the Lexus IS a retractable hardtop four-seater, corners.

And despite its stated acceleration from 0 to 60 mph, the IS 250C doesn’t so much forward as it gets underway determination.

On the other hand, everything else about the car, a well-equipped IS 250C $46,750, was a delight.

Spend and weeks driving $20,000 and cars and you find that are so good nowadays that you to wonder what’s the point of cars.

Then you plop something like this and realize, ah-hah, there is extra – quite a lot, in – in the best luxury models.

The IS is derived from hardware the IS sedan. A key difference: The sedan all-wheel drive. The convertible

Also, the convertible is about 300 heavier than the sedan. But extra weight is toward the so Lexus says the drop-top has the 50/50 weight balance – the weight on the front wheels, on the rears. The sedan is 52/48.

to enjoy the benefits of 50/50, when the car’s leaning so in corners that you don’t to drive it hard in the first

But back to the exceptional features make the 2010 IS convertible much more upscale its price suggests.

•Seats as scrumptious to sit in as they were to Somewhere near the best in the largely because the lumbar retracts fully so you don’t like you have a lumberjack’s in your back.

•Surfaces marvelous to see and touch. Rich and whether eyeing from a or fondling up close.

•Noise was absent, which is a tough in a convertible, even though a hardtop allows more insulation than a fabric

•Shakes and shimmies likewise all but exorcised, another tough in a car that has a top that goes up and

•Airflow with the top down was No air blast or buffet, just a bit of muss so folks can tell been riding in a convertible. is the point, after all. folks might need to onto their hats or though.

•The back was tight, but – stop the presses – useful. Mainly for kids, and chiefly those young to be in booster seats. Still, more practical than the seats in most small

The IS convertible is roughly midsize subcompact inside. The top mechanism and areas swipe a lot of room the seats.

•Top takes 20 seconds to open or close, half as long as some Lexus retractables and quick to suit most people.

Of the car comes with lots of features, but these days so do $10,000 less expensive.

Still, it’s nice to you don’t have to go to the options to get a dual-zone automatic climate power everything, deluxe with iPod plug.

Beyond the tippy, ponderous feel and the 250’s less-than-breathtaking not much.

Oh, maybe the price. But if you can to be in the luxury market in the first the base of about $40,000 so bad for the satisfaction you get, as well as the hallmarks of presumed reliability and the of dealer pampering.

There’s not trunk room with the top up due to taken up by the mechanism for the top. And none when the top’s because it stows in the trunk.

The IS 350 not available for testing, has much power: 306 horsepower vs. 204 hp in the 250, and 277 of torque vs. 185 lbs.-ft. in the 250. And the 350 only 40 to 66 pounds more the smaller-engine model, so it should be enough for the enthusiast. Lexus a commendable 5.8-second sprint to 60 mph for the Suspensions are the same, though, so expect the 350 to handle better because it’s faster.

The reason to balk at the Lexus is the G37 four-seat convertible. It has more but a little less torque. built on a longer-wheelbase chassis and a bit more rear legroom, but a bit less overall interior

The G – not yet tested – promises to handle That is Infiniti’s forte. The G convert is nearly $5,000 than the low-end IS convertible. But the G about $500 less the bigger-engine IS, a more direct

Others to consider include the BMW 3 drop-top and Audi A5 convertible. If driving feel and snappy are important, any of those probably suit better than the

But if hot-shoe motoring isn’t important and real-world comfort is, the IS convertible is a very, very car.



Retractable hardtop, rear-drive

•When? On sale since

•How much? IS 250C at $39,815 with manual $40,985 with automatic, including $875 shipping. IS starts at $45,265.

•How IS 250C has 2.5-liter V-6 rated 204 at 6,400 rpm, 185 pounds-feet of at 4,800. Available with manual or automatic.

IS 350C has V-6 rated 306 hp at 6,400 rpm, 277 of torque at 4,800. Comes six-speed automatic only.

big? Midsize exterior, interior. IS is 182.5 inches 70.9 in. wide, 55.7 in. on a 107.5-in. wheelbase.

• Passenger 87.9 cubic feet. 10.8 cu. ft. with top up, 2.4 cu. ft. with top

• Weight: 3,814 to 3,880

• Turning circle diameter: ft.

•How thirsty? IS 250C is rated 18 miles per gallon in 26 highway, 21 in combined driving. IS automatic: 21/29/24.

IS 350C:

Burns premium, holds gallons.

Trip computer in IS automatic test car registered mpg (5.15 gallons per 100 miles) in driving.

•Overall: No corner-carver, but a sweetie.


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