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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Lexus IS 350C

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 19 City / 27 Highway
Pros
  • Good steering feel
  • Fast power convertible top
  • Excellent braking performance
  • Standard USB and auxiliary input
Cons
  • No manual transmission offered
  • Cramped back seat
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The Lexus IS 350C has strong competition, but its brand of comfortable open-air motoring has plenty of appeal.

Introduction

A drop-top version of the IS sedan, the IS 350C appeals to traditional Lexus buyers who value relaxed open-air cruising over aggressive dashes through the twists and turns. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, the IS 350C's 3.5-liter V6 produces a healthy 306 horsepower. Handling is predictable and controlled.

The IS 350C's elegant exterior lines are dampened only by somewhat awkward rear styling required to accommodate a retractable hardtop. Back seat legroom is tight—the car is really best for two people—but the tiny rear seats can be used as storage space to supplement the equally small trunk.



An inviting selection of available comfort and entertainment features include dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, an 8-speaker sound system, and a convenient steering wheel mounted display system with audio and phone connectivity controls. LED daytime running lamps, Bi-xenon headlights, and fog lamps come standard, as does a pop-up rollover bar.

Lexus groups the most popular options in packages. The Luxury Package includes heated, ventilated, and memory front seats; dark gray interior trim; auto-dimming exterior mirrors; and power sliding and folding front seats. The Navigation/Audio System Package features NavTraffic, NavWeather, an LCD color display with Bluetooth and voice command, and the Enform infotainment system loaded with popular social platforms such as OpenTable, Yelp, and Pandora. Rounding out the option groups: a 12-speaker 270-watt Mark Levinson premium surround sound audio system.

New for 2013 is the F Sport vehicle Package, which offers 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, heated and ventilated front seats, and a front spoiler. Metallic interior trim is the cherry on top.

With the increasing demand for fun-loving convertibles, the IS 350C has plenty of competition from other top brands such as BMW and Audi. But its dependable nature, ultra luxurious interior and suite of customizable features make it a top contender for the hearts of buyers who want to feel the wind in their hair and a steady engine under their feet.

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2013 Lexus IS 350C
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2013 Lexus IS 350C Base

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The base model IS 350C sits on 17-inch alloy wheels and houses a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive can be upgraded to all-wheel drive. LED daytime running lamps, bi-xenon headlights, and integrated fog lamps come standard.

Amenities in the cabin include: dual-zone climate control; leather upholstery; keyless entry and ignition; an 8-speaker sound system; and a steering wheel-mounted display system with audio and phone connectivity. Safety features include an automatic rollover bar; driver and front passenger knee airbags; rear side curtain airbags; traction and stability control; tire pressure monitoring; and Smart Stop technology.

Drivers looking for further customization can invest in the Luxury Package, Navigation/Audio Package, or the new F Sport Vehicle Package. A wide array of stand-alone upgrades are also available.

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