It’s hard to beat getting out on the open road and taking the top down. With the Lexus IS 250c or 350c, you can do just that, in style.
This convertible seats four and has a hardtop roof that opens or closes in 21 seconds.
Its styling is a bit different from its sedan sibling, with coupe-like looks when the top is up and a more snug interior.
Both the sedan and the convertible have a 2.5-liter V-6 that makes 204 horsepower. But the convertible’s gas mileage is a little lower, at 21 mpg city, 30 highway, because of the added weight of the convertible mechanism.
The IS 350c has a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 306 horsepower, with fuel economy of 19 and 27.
The interior is pleasantly appointed with features like dual-zone climate control, leather seating and USB/iPod connection. Add some options such as the Enform telematics system, voice-activated navigation system and Mark Levinson 14-speaker sound system and you’ll really be riding in style.
However, unless you’re very tiny, make sure you’re riding up front; the back seats have almost no room.
One neat feature about the IS 250c is the anti-glare gauges that still allow you to see their information displays even when the top is down and direct sunlight is beaming down.
Also, the climate and audio systems adjust automatically when the top is down.
The IS 250c is priced at around $44,000.
For an enjoyable, top-down ride with nice luxury touches, the IS 250c is a fine choice.