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2010 Lexus IS 250C vs. Its Competition

 
2010 Lexus IS C F Sport accessories
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The new IS C isn’t the softest and most comfort-oriented vehicle, but it isn’t the most performance-focused either.

In this pack of luxury-brand convertibles, the IS C has more of a performance edge than the Volvo C70; the front-wheel-drive Volvo has great seats and a roomy trunk, however.

The Mercedes-Benz CLK feels heavier and more grown-up than the IS C, and it’s offered in a powerful V-8 CLK550 model, but even the base CLK350 is a lot more expensive than the Lexus, and it comes with a soft-top setup that’s not quite as isolated from the elements as the IS C’s tight top.

The IS C’s most direct rival is probably the BMW 3-Series Convertible.

The 2010 Lexus IS 250C just doesn’t keep up with the 328i Convertible, but compared to the 335i Convertible, the Lexus IS 350C is a sportier, more compelling alternative, priced at thousands less and with more usable backseat space; like the IS C, the Volvo and BMW come with a retractable hardtop.

Two new rivals to be introduced this year will also be hot alternatives for open-air motoring: the Audi A5 and G37 Convertible.

Audi sticks with a traditional soft top for the A5, but its interior is absolutely stunning.

Meanwhile, the next G37 Convertible promises performance near the front of the pack; it also will get a retractable hardtop, done in steel rather than the IS C’s lighter-weight aluminum.

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Can’t make up your mind between practicality and performance in a convertible? The 2010 Lexus IS 350C is a nice, sporty middle ground for top-down thrills.
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The 2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe does a neat convertible trick: it keeps all the charm of the Coupe while opening up more to the world outside.
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Understated on the outside, gorgeous on the inside, the 2008 Audi A5 has a stylish presence and grand-touring comfort.
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The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class.
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The 2008 Volvo C70 feels light and gets lighter with the top down -- just don’t plan on taking many friends or much cargo along for the ride.
MSRP From     
$39,440$43,850$39,900$32,700$46,450$39,240
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Turbo Gas I5
EPA Class     
Sub-compactSubcompactCompactCompactSub-CompactSubcompact
Style Name     
2-Door Convertible Manual2-Door Base2-Door Coupe Manual4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV2-Door Coupe 3.5L2-Door Convertible Automatic
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
444544
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe2 Door Convertible
Transmission     
ManualAutomatic w/ODManualManualAutomaticAutomatic
 
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