Compare 2013 Volvo C70 vs 2012 Lexus IS 250C

2013 Volvo C70
2012 Lexus IS 250C
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2-Door Convertible T5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible T5 18 28 $38,728 $41,200
2-Door Convertible T5 w/Inscription Pkg 18 28 $38,728 $41,200
2-Door Convertible T5 Premier Plus 18 28 $39,856 $42,400
2-Door Convertible T5 Premier Plus w/Inscription Pkg 18 28 $39,856 $42,400
2-Door Convertible T5 Platinum 18 28 $42,300 $45,000
2-Door Convertible T5 Platinum w/Inscription Pkg 18 28 $42,300 $45,000
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250C 2-Door Convertible Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 19 28 $31,430 $33,795
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 30 $32,518 $34,965
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 27 $34,805 $37,425
350 4-Door Sedan RWD 19 27 $37,403 $40,220
350 4-Door Sedan AWD 18 26 $39,694 $42,680
250C 2-Door Convertible Manual 19 28 $38,308 $41,190
250C 2-Door Convertible Automatic 21 30 $39,396 $42,360
350C 2-Door Convertible 19 27 $43,374 $46,640
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $57,009 $61,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,728
$38,308
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,200
$41,190
Monthly Payment Estimate
$687 / month
$687 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Volvo C70 is neither a serious sports car nor a high-clout cruiser, but it's a comfortable, upscale convertible that feels luxurious without being too ostentatious. The 2012 Lexus IS 250C strikes a good middle ground between racy roadsters and luxury convertible cruisers, but its sluggish powertrain performance will be a deal-breaker for many.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 36.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
47.0 44.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 44.1
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.1 54.3
Second Leg Room (in)
33.9 25.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
41.5 43.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83.5 87.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
181.7 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
55.1 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 107.5
Liftover Height (in)
26.8 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.3 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.8 10.8-2.4
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x 0.4 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.0 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 17.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.3 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 33.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
39.2 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P225/45VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45VR17 P245/45VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3858 3836
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 100
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/154 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
227 @ 5000 204 @ 6400
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I5 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
236 @ 2300 185 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.98 1.52
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
5.11 3.46
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.03 2.27
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.72
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.34 1.18
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.78
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.66 3.79
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volvo C70 Lexus IS 250C
Body Style
Convertible Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.910 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.870 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 8.3

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