A luxury hard-top convertible available solely in RWD, the 2012 Lexus IS 350C is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a 6-speed paddle-shift sequential automatic. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 19 mpg city to 27 mpg highway. Features include 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, bi-xenon HID headlamps, backup camera, intuitive parking assist, push-button start, hands-free phone capabilities, leather trim, navigation system, heated/ventilated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and premium surround sound. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, anti-lock braking, hill start assist, brake assist, vehicle stability control, vehicle dynamic integrated management, direct tire pressure monitor, and smart stop technology. The IS 350C is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2012, the Lexus IS lineup receives only minor changes. In the 250 and 350 sedan and convertibles, the coin holder has been discontinued, and Smokey Graphite Mica and Glacier Frost Mica have been replaced as exterior colors by Nebula Gray Pearl and Fire Agate Pearl. The performance-based IS F gets wider wheels and tires, along with new shock absorbers, a new seating color scheme and the same changes found elsewhere in the lineup.
Wide range of models; choice of rear- or all-wheel drive in sedans; sporty driving feel; high-tech features and options; nicely appointed interior
The Lexus IS family includes something for everyone, with offerings ranging from conservative all-weather, all-wheel-drive sedans to sunny convertibles and serious track-duty sport sedans. The IS sedans ride and handle well and offer some of the tech options of larger luxury models, while the IS C models have excellent packaging with a tight-fitting, quick-folding automatic hardtop that stows away without taking up the entire trunk. While Lexus makes an ES 350 model that's roomier and more comfortable, the IS is considerably sportier in every way.