2015 Lexus IS 350C

Pros: High-end cabin materials; well-designed retractable hardtop; relatively nimble handling

Cons: Typical convertible drawbacks of stingy trunk space and poor rear visibility with the top up; cramped rear seat; middling power in IS 250C models

 

CG Says: The Lexus IS C is a retractable-hardtop-coupe variant of the sporty IS compact sedan. Though the IS 250 and IS 350 sedans were redesigned for 2014, their 2-door convertible siblings carried over on the previous-generation design with no significant alterations. The IS C continues on that earlier platform for 2015, with the only change of note being an update to the Lexus Enform App Suite. The Lexus IS 250C and IS 350C impress for their design, features, and materials. They also benefit from Lexus’ strong resale-value record. However, a lack of overall polish (and power in the IS 250C) prevents them from being truly compelling alternatives to the Audi A5 or BMW 4-Series.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices IS 250C: $42,960
IS 350C: $47,640

Base Engine
2.5-liter V6
Horsepower
204
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
306
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

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2015 Lexus IS 250C
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2015 Lexus IS 350C F Sport