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2014 Lexus IS C Preview

Pros: The Lexus IS C is the result of Lexus’s goal of delivering an affordable premium convertible for any need or budget. With a reputation for quality, reliability and owner satisfaction, this four-seat drop-top capitalizes on core attributes of the Lexus IS model range with an eye for sensible convertible motoring. Sleek style, numerous options and advanced safety measures help round out the package. Plus, with a hard-top convertible roof for maximum protection from the elements, it’s a convertible ready for action all year round. The IS C’s fully motorized top can be dispatched in 20 seconds at the touch of a button.

Cons:
Some IS C owners do wish for more rear seat and cargo space, and various higher-performing convertible models are available in the price-range, too. Plus, since the IS C still rides the IS’s last-generation platform for 2014, it’s starting to look a little dated in some areas compared to the all-new Lexus IS Sedan.

Lexus IS C 2014
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2014 Lexus IS C Pricing: At writing, the 2014 Lexus IS C commanded a starting price of $53,800 in IS 250 C grade, with the more powerful IS 350 C starting at $61,250. Look for numerous add-on packages and equipment to fine-tune the IS C to any taste or budget.

2014 Lexus IS C Fuel Economy: Depending on the selected engine and grade level, IS C can achieve highway cruising mileage as low as 6.4L / 10km, with city fuel consumption rated between 9.5 and 10.7L / 100km.

Improvements and Changes: Changes for 2014 are minimal—as the IS C continues to ride the last-generation IS platform. An IS C on the latest IS platform should arrive next year.

Don’t Miss: For driving enthusiasts, Lexus has created the striking F SPORT package—which is available on both IS 250 C and IS 350 C models. With specially-tuned suspension systems, unique visual details, custom wheels, sport seats, interior trim enhancements and plenty more, the F SPORT packages transform the Lexus IS C into an true performance convertible with moves and looks to delight even seasoned driving enthusiasts.

Lexus IS C 2014
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2014 Lexus IS C Powertrain: The IS 250 C features a 2.5 litre DOHC V6 engine, automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Output is rated at 204 horsepower. For more thrills, the IS 350 C offers up an award-winning 3.5 litre V6, which generates over 300 horsepower. Constructed from lightweight aluminum, this powerplant keeps vehicle weight to a minimum, while lightening the load over the front axle for more responsive handling.

Safety:
The Lexus IS C keeps drivers and passengers safe with 8 airbags, a performance braking system, crash-optimized body structure and powerful xenon lighting system to illuminate the way ahead. Tire pressure monitoring is on board to alert drivers in real time of issues with tire pressure, and voice-commanded features, as well as Bluetooth technology, help reduce distraction at the wheel. Of course, with the top down, the IS C has no blind spots, enhancing all-around visibility.

Comparables: The 2014 Lexus IS C competes with similar entry premium convertibles from Audi, Mercedes, Infiniti, BMW and others.