Review: Lexus IS250C | The Truth About Cars

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Review: Lexus IS250C

are certain phrases that, heard in the proper context, that one has truly arrived in Phrases like “your is waiting,” and “would you like a before we take off?” belong in this comforting Strangely, however, the phrase to Beverly Hills, here are the to your Lexus IS250C,” not.

The day before leaving for California, the Oregon skies up after a brief pause, Portland with what refer to as “liquid sunshine” not that kind of liquid we still brew beer the way up here] . Needless to say, a day of the sun-soaked Pacific Coast in a convertible of any kind should felt like a deeply event. And given the dearth of options left in today’s the IS250C’s premium appeal have only added to the fantasy. After all, I’m not in the Oregon gloom trying to up with new adjectives to apply to the Convertible. And yet, strangely, my in the Lexus IS250C has left so an impression that the moral of a ‘bring ‘vert review almost worth the necessary day of misery.

In any case, the 250C is wholly of the term “misery.” The 250C is a solid attempt at unseating 3-series hardtop convertible as the conveyance of choice for the country set, and other wealthy who see themselves as too sophisticated for a mid-life-crisis-mobile. And rear-wheel-drive, a folding hard-top and room for four, it certainly has the on qualities needed to attract desirable demographic.

Unfortunately, is lost in translation between the Lexus IS sedan and its coupe-convertible Where BMW’s convertibles are barely distinguishable from handsome coupe cousins by of their delicate C-pillars, the is a hot mess of unfortunately differentiating The solid C-Pillars which, in IS duty bring the car’s heft rearward for more proportions, are reduced to thin rising from a sloping under which the origami top The chopped roof abandons an rear deck, while neither the sleekness of a true nor the visual coherence of the IS sedan. infinitely better-executed than the suggests, the 250C ends up distressingly similar to a (Lord me) Pontiac G6 Convertible.

Inside, the makes up for any possible similarities to unlamented fare by surrounding its with high-quality materials and details. Cooled, heated, seats are comfortable yet supportive for mild enthusiasm. Tasteful wood veneer compliments the interior’s high-quality if wholly looks. As with other IS however, materials (notably on the instrument panel) can break the spell when touched. (or not), the mass of IP buttons and climate-controls mean you’ll be away anyway. Overall, the is akin to riding first-class on a flight: nice, but special in comparison to its alternatives.

With the 250C’s plastic key fob in a safe pocket, cruising the coast requires only a of the starter button, and about 20 of thumbing a switch that the three-piece top into hiding the rear seats. Visibility from “wow, a two-door needs a back-up camera” to open spaces,” although interior space is better you’d expect. Needless to putting the top back up while in the driver’s seat is a surefire trigger, and is usually accompanied by (unnecessary) head-ducking.

With the top the 250C’s looks improve but the transformation takes a heavy on trunk space. Seriously, a Cayman offers more storage space (ask me how I Lexus’s considerable efforts to a relatively comfortable rear space were all for naught, as space will inevitably be up by any baggage that is more a foot wide. When the reviews say the 250C fits a club bag, they it … and even then, some bags would be a tight

This lack of compromise is all the more galling by the fact the Lexus is otherwise a paragon of compromise. Top up, the 250-C is coupe-quiet, only a few faraway creaks and well-controlled cowl shake its drophead status. Top down, brisk side winds off the ocean stand a chance of occupants, and even then, backseat passengers will cause for complaint. The 2.5 liter V6 is than a freshly chemical-peeled and works with the six-speed like they’ve were together. Even with the top though, there’s never a note to be heard from the No matter: despite serving as the de coupe version of the IS range, Lexus isn’t in any danger of mistaken for a party girl.


For one the 250C is heavy. It’s nearly 500 pounds on its transformation solid sports sedan to honey, and can you ever feel it. Even if you never hoist the into a corner with enthusiasm, you’ll feel a lot of the weight each time you and close its extended doors. And you do give in to immature instincts, you the lesson (specifically, Newton’s of motion) quickly. Though the is passably firm, and the steering is well-weighted, the IS-C turns and without gusto. And with 200 horsepower on tap (and, by the seat-of-the-pants much less until you 6,400 RPM), the little V6 like exiting corners

A Lexus that would cruise in comfort than up a windy road… now you’ve it all, right? Once the IS250C has a compromise to keep you With the automatic transmission in mode, and the dashboard-mounted “sport” depressed, the Lexus can actually enough fun to keep, say, a enthusiast engaged for short With better tip-in, and the to shift at will, the V6 spins rising from a muted to a slightly tinny thrash. still no corner carver, but driven purposefully it’s enough to scare the wife the right amount on the way to your tee

To put it another way, the IS-C’s are actually good enough to upgrading to the 300 HP 3.5 liter option. at $44,890, it’s almost the same price as BMW’s 328i Convertible, and loaded Lexus’s luxury package only a whisker more infinitely better-equipped) than a base 335i convertible it faces further competition the Infiniti G Convertible). But this version? As tested, with the luxury package, it still in below below $49k… and a stiff price for an underpowered no matter how you cut it.

Maybe it was the too-smooth-for-its-own-good engine. it was the sea of Maseratis and Astons that past the Lexus on the Pacific Highway. Or maybe it was simply no car can match up to the hedonistic image Southern California holds for Oregonians. Whatever the reason, the never lived up to the promise of the “a weekend drive down PCH in a convertible.” For the money, a loaded C70 offers better looks, interior flair, and more of occasion, without giving up any RWD benefits. The BMW, though expensive, is still a BMW. The is simply too refined, too anodyne and too where it counts, to be worth than an impulse buy.

Luckily dropping a healthy income on a luxury convertible considering its competitors does you feel like you’ve Even if the convertible itself

Budget of Beverly Hills. an owned-and-operated franchise of Budget gave us a discounted rental on the vehicle for this review. And endured a nightmare experience other, non-independent Budget in the area, we feel obligated to that, in addition to offering a variety of luxury and exotic as well as “regular” rentals, of Beverly Hills also a very un-Budget-like level of service.


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