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The 2011 Lexus IS 250 C and IS 350 C aren’t stunning—more understatedly attractive.
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You'll recognize the C as a member of the IS family, yet every body panel save the hood is new.
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it looks great, especially topless
Road & Track

more than a simple hardtop hack job
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It has the clean, buttoned-up look we've come to expect when the top is down, albeit with the trunklid equivalent of a domed hood.

The 2011 Lexus IS C lineup fits the mold for a retractable-hardtop convertible. Its styling won't inspire much emotion, and isn't stunning in the way of the Audi A5 ragtop or Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible. Partly to blame for that is the IS C's silhouette, which a little more 'generously' shaped in back than it should ideally be, in order to fit both a roomy trunk and a back seat.

While it shares many features with the IS sedans, the IS C shape is quite different from the sedans, and nearly all of its panels are unique. It has the same rakish hoodline and assertive stance as the IS sedan from the front, but from the side and back it appears a little plain and conservative. The look could even be called out as a bit too slab-sided from the doors back through the rear fenders.

Inside, it's a similar tale; the IS C's cabin isn't stunningly beautiful, but it's attractive. Its instrument panel is almost identical to that in the IS sedans. Fortunately, you won't find a complicated interface like BMW's iDrive or Audi's MMI; that leaves a few more buttons and a little more clutter, but most will be happy with the trade-off. A few flamboyant two-tone color choices for the interior break from the straitlaced look, but not all are so well coordinated.


The 2011 Lexus IS 250 C and IS 350 C aren’t stunning—more understatedly attractive.

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