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STYLING | 6 out of 10
“It looks to the untrained eyes like a sedan that has met a hacksaw”
Car and Driver
“You’ll recognize the C as a member of the IS family, yet every body panel save the hood is new”
“Lexus’ usual large, legible gauges and handy, intuitive minor controls”
Like most vehicles in the Lexus lineup, the 2010 Lexus IS C range of convertibles is unremarkable in its execution. Its styling won’t inspire much emotion, but at least there will be few negative reactions to the look of the Lexus IS C.
The 2010 Lexus IS C is an “entry-level luxury convertible,” according to Autoblog, and it features what Lexus calls “the world’s fastest opening three-piece metal hardtop.” Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com contain muted reaction to the new 2010 Lexus IS C’s exterior appearance; Motor Trend says “you’ll recognize the C as a member of the IS family, yet every body panel save the hood is new.” Exterior styling elements on the Lexus IS 250C and 350C include “a rising belt line that leads back to an elongated rear decklid,” which Kelley Blue Book asserts “improves trunk space but results in a vehicle that is actually longer than its sedan counterpart.” Car and Driver reviewers observe that the 2010 Lexus IS C “varies not a nanometer from the established Lexus path,” as the overall look suggest a “sedan that has met the hacksaw.” Edmunds effectively summarizes reviewer sentiment regarding the Lexus IS C, noting “it’s attractive enough in an inoffensive way, but you wouldn’t say that it has any real strength of character.”
One of the more impressive interior elements of the 2010 Lexus IS 250C and 350C is the fact that, as Motor Trend says, “the headliner covers everything,” leaving “not a brace or strut visible inside” despite the mechanicals that underpin the folding hardtop. The layout of the Lexus IS C’s interior is “modern and attractive,” according to Kelley Blue Book, but “the instrument panel features many similarly colored shapes and controls,” which can cause some confusion. Edmunds chooses to ignore this minor flaw, instead describing the Lexus IS C’s interior as a “well-crafted cockpit.” The one flaw that does come up repeatedly in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com is the fact that some of the instruments can wash out in the sunlight, but overall the interior matches the exterior—pleasant, inoffensive, and largely unremarkable.
The 2010 Lexus IS C is neither stunning nor gorgeous—"understated" would be a better way to describe it.