The 2015 Lexus IS 250 C Is A Stealth Convertible With Strange Appeal But Serious Problems
This definitely isn’t a car you get to see every day. Not a lot of luxury coupe buyers think about buying a Lexus convertible. Somehow it’s wrong! Lexus still hasn’t built a proper image which would give the buyers a true exciting sensation when thinking about the Lexus without a roof. That, however, didn’t stopped the Japanese to develop and produce an IS based convertible. It doesn’t look bad, it is a nice and refined car and it can be even considered a true luxury cruiser. However, the real question is would you ever choose it next to a BMW 4 series Convertible. We guess you wouldn’t and these are the reasons.
First of all, the 2015 Lexus IS C (including the Is 250C) is based on the previous generation Lexus IS. While that is a great car, somehow you can feel betrayed for not receiving top notch technology for your money. More annoyingly, it seems that Lexus discontinued the development of the new Lexus RC C in favor of producing the new crossover. So, with the 2015 Lexus IS 250 C you are basically saying to the world that you simply don’t care about cars, technology, moving forward or anything related with motoring. Not a lot of convertible drivers feel that way.
Nevertheless, we have to say that the 2015 Lexus IS 250 C is a car which will probably be as reliable as it gets. It’ll get the job done and anyone driving it could be under the radar despite riding with the top stashed at the back. And you know what? When the top is stashed in the trunk, the remaining space there is so minuscule you’ll have to carry all your stuff on the back seat. So while it is a four seater, you’ll not be so fond of driving with your friends around. It is cramped at the back, it is cramped in the boot and the only place where this thing excels is in comfort of the driver and the co-driver. So, it is much like any other convertible, although this one isn’t as flashy and cool as the others. If you are after wind in your hair and not too many eyes looking at you, this is a perfect car really.
As you probably expected, this thing comes loaded with stuff. Fog lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition, power seats, cruise control and much more are standard. However, there are two additional packages – Luxury package and Navigation package and these come with bi-xenon headlights, rain sensors, better leather upholstery, wood inserts, new navigation system, Lexus Enform and exceptional Mark Levinson sound system.
Apart from the 2015 Lexus IS 250 C which is powered by a 2.5 liter 204 HP engine, Lexus actually sells a more powerful IS 350 C. However, if you are in this for the value, than the IS 250 C will check many boxes although it will not be as fast, or as fuel efficient as anyone would like. This thing will reach 24 mpg combined, but it’ll get you to 60 in 8.4 seconds, which is a bit disappointing for a vehicle that should give you a bit of sporty flair.
Nevertheless, the 2015 Lexus IS 250 C is not a bad car, but it lacks the refinement of new cars.