Lexusâ€™s luxury standard is unquestioned. But more often, that luxury is served sedan-style. With the IS250C, Lexus steps away from that script. Working with two doors instead of four is a welcome change. The IS250C has a quiet yet sophisticated look. The top comes down easily but thanks to ATL’s recent erratic weather, it didnâ€™t get as much usage as it should.
As far as exterior and interior colors go, thereâ€™s not quite a Baskin-Robbinsâ€™ rainbow of flavors. Still, thereâ€™s more than enough to make a statement. Obsidian with saddle-colored seats is a recommended combo. Other things that make the IS250C nice are the wood interior, the push-button start, dual-zone climate control, back-up camera and heated and cooled seats, a perennial favorite.
As always, Lexus is among the safest vehicles out. There are front seat side airbags as well as knee bags and front and rear curtain airbags. Lexus Safety Connect is an emergency communication system that adds an extra layer of comfort. Also thereâ€™s a Lexus Pre-Collision System option that can, when it senses an imminent crash, tighten the front seat belts and activate the brake assist.
In these days of gas pump purgatory, the IS250C gets a pocket-friendly 30 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city. It also has back seats. Granted, they may be more suitable for a kid than an adult but itâ€™s great that grown-up responsibilities donâ€™t interrupt the fun. Trunk space, while not plentiful, is ample enough. Really, how much do you need to put back there?
Most importantly, the drive is smooth and doesnâ€™t come with many surprises. All in all, this 2-door convertible IS250, priced at just over $48,000 with all the stops , offers convertible calm with Lexus sophistication.
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