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2012 Lexus IS 250C Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2012 Lexus IS 250C Overview

Top-down thrill seeking is the name of the game for the luxurious, sporty, and efficient 2012 Lexus IS 250C convertible.

There aren’t any changes to the 2012 IS 250C, but you will still find plenty to rave about. The IS 250C seats four, and competes with other luxury touring convertibles like the BMW 328 convertible and the Audi A5 cabriolet.

The 2012 Lexus IS 250C is powered by a 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6, which takes premium gas and is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for auto-manual mode. The IS 250C features a double-whishbone front suspension, multilink rear suspension, and rear-wheel drive. Fuel efficiency ratings are impressive, 19-21 mpg in the city and 27-30 mpg on the highway.

The 2012 IS 250C features a retractable power hardtop that can open or close in just 21 seconds.  Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, while xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and 18-inch alloy wheels are optional. The F Sport package adds front-lip and rear-deck spoilers, an F Sport grille, and 18-inch Dark Graphite-finished wheels.

Inside the 2012 Lexus IS 250C, you’ll find rich appointments, black metallic trim, and anti-glare gauges. If it gets chilly while the top is down, or if you can’t hear the music because of wind noise, the 250C employs audio and climate systems to compensate. Available options include a 14-speaker, 300-watt Mark Levinson audio system, heated/ventilated front seats, voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system, and power moonroof. Lexus’ Enform service, which is included with the navigation system and is free for one year, is a virtual concierge and helps you not only decide where to go but what to do. Bluetooth® connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a USB port for your iPod and other mobile devices are standard.

The 2012 Lexus IS 250C is designed to keep harm away with ultrasonic parking sensors, all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management, which integrates all systems to react faster to potential accidents. The Safety Connect service notifies the authorities of an accident and provides roadside assistance.

Cruise around town with the wind in your hair and all eyes on your car with the 2012 Lexus 250C.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 19 MPG
  • Highway: 28 MPG

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Safety Rating

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