2013 Lexus IS 250C Overview
The 2013 Lexus IS 250c is the convertible version of the IS 250 sport sedan.
For 2013, the IS 250c drops the manual transmission, leaving the six-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters as the only transmission option.
There are a few differences between the two versions; the IS 250c seats four instead of five and has two doors instead of four. It also features a power-folding hardtop that opens or closes in just 21 seconds, as well as anti-glare gauges that remain readable even when they are in direct sunlight with the top down. The audio and climate system have also been designed to automatically adjust volume or temperature setting when the top is lowered. All-wheel drive however is not available on the IS 250c, leaving only rear-wheel drive.
Even with the top up, it’s easy to tell the difference between the IS 250c and its fixed-top siblings. Besides the lack of rear doors, the profile is completely changed with an abbreviated roof that drops down sharply once it passes the front windows. With the top up, the IS 250c looks more quirky than sleek; frankly put, we prefer the styling with the top down where the proportions look more natural.
Under the hood, you’ll find a a 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 that outputs 185 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to the aforementioned six-speed automatic. The IS 250c has slightly lower EPA estimated fuel economy ratings than the sedan, thanks in part to the added weight from the drop top. Ratings check in at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the IS 250c offers plenty of standard comfort and convenience features including dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, USB/iPod connectivity, push button start, Bluetooth, and leather upholstery. Options include a navigation system that accepts voice commands, Lexus’ Enform telematics system, and a Mark Levinson 14-speaker sound system. The IS 250c seats up to four passengers, but there isn’t much space in the back.
When it comes to safety, the IS 250c has you covered with Lexus’ Safety Connect service, which automatically notifies authorities after a crash, as standard equipment. Also standard are all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and six airbags, including driver and passenger knee airbags.