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2012 Lexus IS 350C Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2012 Lexus IS 350C Overview

The 2012 Lexus IS 350C has it all: convertible fun, coupe-like comfort and massive amounts of luxury.

The Lexus IS 350C is the more powerful brother of the IS 250C and remains virtually unchanged for 2012.  The IS 350C seats four and features a retractable hardtop that can open or close in just 21 seconds. Competition includes other luxury models such as the BMW 128 and 328, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C300.

The 2012 Lexus IS 350C is powered by a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and generates 277 pounds-feet of torque. The 350C takes premium gas and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for auto-manual mode. The IS 350C features a double-wishbone front suspension, multilink rear suspension and rear-wheel drive. The IS 250C receives decent fuel efficiency ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

The reason why you’re researching the Lexus IS 350C is because you want a luxury convertible that isn’t short on style. 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 350C is adorned with rich appointments like 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 350C employs audio and climate systems to compensate for such inconveniences. An available 14-speaker, 300-watt Mark Levinson audio system, heated/ventilated front seats, voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system and power moonroof are what a luxury car is all about. 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 finding where to go but what to do. A USB port for your iPod and other mobile devices is standard.

A backup camera, ultrasonic parking sensors, all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, a full suite of airbags and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management, which integrates all systems to react faster to potential accidents are all part of the 2012 IS 350C’s safety network. The Safety Connect service notifies the authorities of an accident and provides roadside assistance.

Enjoy the power of over 300 horsepower and the luxurious style that is the 2012 Lexus IS 350C.

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