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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|2010 Lexus IS 250CBrowse Used Listings||2009 INFINITI G37 ConvertibleBrowse Used Listings||2008 Audi A5Browse Used Listings||2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK ClassBrowse Used Listings||2008 Volvo C70Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6||Turbo Gas I5|
|250C 2-Door Convertible Manual||2-Door Base||2-Door Coupe Manual||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||2-Door Coupe 3.5L||2-Door Convertible Manual|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Convertible||2 Door Convertible||2 Door Coupe||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Convertible|