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A pop-up rollover bar behind the rear seats adds a dimension of safety”
The 2010 Lexus IS C convertible lineup boasts top-notch safety features inside and out. Although the Lexus IS C has not yet been crash tested, it offers enough to keep most consumers satisfied even without the attendant test scores.
The 2010 Lexus IS 250C and 350C haven’t yet undergone IIHS or NHTSA crash tests, but the IS sedan on which they are based scores an acceptable mix of four- and five-star ratings. TheCarConnection.com’s editors also point out that the 2010 Lexus IS C is strengthened above and beyond the standard IS sedan, so the scores should come in somewhat higher for the convertible. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection.com for the latest updates on the Lexus IS C’s crash-test scores.
Inside the Lexus IS 250C and 350C, drivers will find a long list of standard safety features working in concert to keep all occupants safe. Kelley Blue Book states that “standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front airbags and seat-mounted airbags that protect the head and torso of front-seat occupants.” Convertibles present a slew of additional safety problems when the top is down, but Edmunds reports that “a pop-up rollover bar behind the rear seats adds a dimension of safety, as do lateral beams behind and below the rear seats.” In short, Lexus appears to have done everything right when it comes to safety features on the 2010 Lexus IS C lineup.
The Lexus IS 250C and its quicker brother the 350C both afford drivers a tremendous amount of visibility, especially with their tops down. ConsumerGuide says that visibility from within the convertibles is “far better to the rear corners” than on the sedans, “thanks to fold-down rear headrests and narrow roof pillars.” Kelley Blue Book adds that “outward visibility is decent with the top raised and enhanced by rear headrests that flip down with the pull of a lever placed within reach of the driver.” Whether the top is up or down, however, visibility directly behind the car can be compromised during parking-lot maneuvers. Fortunately, Kelley Blue Book reports that a “back-up camera” and “front and rear parking sensors” are available on the entire Lexus IS C lineup.
A reinforced body structure, plus all the expected safety features, means the 2010 Lexus IS C is no slouch in protection.