As its name implies, the IS 250C carries a 2.5-liter V6 with 204 horsepower, the base engine in the IS stable. In a nod to purists, Lexus offers the option of a six-speed manual transmission in place of the six-speed automatic selected by most buyers. The standard retractable hardtop insulates occupants from noise and weather just as well as a fixed roof, although it gobbles trunk space when stowed.
All the expected standard features are here, including leather seating with power in front, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-CD changer, and Bluetooth phone and audio. The 250 C gets more interesting as you ponder the available option packages:
- Luxury: Includes upgraded leather upholstery with driver memory and heated and ventilated front seats, wood interior trim, bi-xenon headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
- Navigation: Bundles a navigation system with a rearview camera, Bluetooth phonebook downloading, HD radio and (optional) 12-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound.
- F Sport: Enhances the 250 C’s performance with braking and suspension upgrades, 18- or 19-inch dark graphite wheels and sportier styling touches.
Parking sensors and adaptive cruise control are offered separately or as part of the Luxury Package.