The 2012 IS 250C and IS 350C models occupy a middle ground among convertibles--sportier and more premium compared to mainstream offerings like the Chrysler 200 and Volkswagen Eos, but more comfort-oriented than the likes of the BMW Z4 or Mercedes-Benz SLK.
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 E-Class Cabriolet feels heavier and more grown-up, but it's a lot more expensive.
The Audi A5 Convertible sticks with a traditional soft top, but its interior is absolutely stunning.
Those seeking a little more performance might consider the Infiniti G37 Convertible, though its retractable hard top is done in steel rather than the IS C’s lighter-weight aluminum.
Other than the G37, the IS C's most direct rival is probably the BMW 3-Series Convertible.
The IS 250C simply doesn't keep up with the base six-cylinder 328i Convertible, but compared to the 335i Convertible the Lexus IS 350C offers a comparable feature set at thousands less.
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