2010 Lexus IS 350 C 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I'm so glad that I ignored the tepid professional review and took a test drive. This is a well designed car and it stands on it's own with no comparisons to fussy Germans. The 350 has effortless acceleration to the point of excess. It has plenty of legroom in front. I'm 6-2 and actually have to move the seat forward. It's quiet enough to use the speakerphone on the highway with the top down. Better than some sedans with the windows up. Dash and nav are simple and intuitive. Body work is rock solid.
The PWR button really works and the transmission will downshift on cue when running it through a curve. Great for back roads and no need to play with the paddle shifters (at least in the Texas hill country - maybe not Nordschleife). Best feature is the 20 second hardtop.
The exhaust note could have a little more gurgle in the lower revs, and it would be that much nicer if there were 2 cup holders in the console.