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2011 Lexus IS 250C Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2011 Lexus IS 250C Overview

As entry-level luxury coupe/convertibles go, the 2011 Lexus IS 250C is at the top of its class.

The IS 250C’s retractable hardtop can operate in just 21 seconds allowing you more time to soak up the sunshine.  Once the top is down, utilize the 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine, which is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.  This all-aluminum engine features direct injection and variable valve timing for maximum performance and efficiency.  Fuel economy ranges from 19-21 mpg in the city and 27-30 mpg on the highway.  The IS 250C is the convertible version of Lexus’ four-door IS 250.

Adding to the 250C’s robust stance is an all-new grille, front bumper, and many minor rear styling tweaks.  For crisper handling, a new F Sport Package includes a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels and front and rear spoilers.  Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, while rain-sensing wipers and a backup camera with front and rear parking sensors are optional.

Inside, the 2011 IS 250C seats four in standard leather-appointed front seats with 10-way power adjustability.  Anti-glare gauges compensate for the top being down, while audio and climate systems automatically adjust their settings to compensate for top-down noise and temperatures.  Dual zone climate control and a power moonroof are also standard, while models equipped with all-wheel drive include heated front seats.  When it comes to music, the 13-speaker, 194-watt stereo with six-CD changer comprises the excellent Lexus Premium Audio System.

If you think that’s not enough, then step up to the Premium Plus Package, featuring perforated leather seating with heat and ventilation, wood trim, and an available Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound system with 14 speakers and ten amplifier channels.  A DVD-based navigation system with touch-screen controls tops the options list.

Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management is the mastermind of all dynamic safety systems, including electric power steering, Vehicle Stability Control, antilock brakes, brake-force distribution and brake assist.  The available Pre-Collision System includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which maintains a pre-set following distance behind the vehicle ahead and readies the seatbelts and brakes for impact when necessary.  The available Lexus Enform™ system with Safety Connect™ provides useful satellite communications in the event of a vehicle impact or theft.  A full set of airbags, including front-side, front knee and two-row head airbags joins a great safety structure. 

Attain crisp handling, luxury, cutting-edge technology, and a clean, new look with all the fun that comes with a convertible in the 2011 Lexus IS 250C.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 19 MPG
  • Highway: 27 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Acceptable