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Driving a convertible has always been about freedom, specifically freedom of choice: top up when conditions are unfriendly or unwarranted, or top down to soak in the warm summer sun or cool moonlit breezes. And today it seems there are more freedom-seekers than ever before, judging by the growing number of premium retractable-hardtop convertibles. Lexus' offering in this segment is the IS 350C. Like its rivals, the Lexus IS 350C combines the timeless allure of an open-roof car with the refinement and all-season functionality of a luxury coupe.
Closed up tight, the 350C looks like a resculpted coupe version of the IS four-door sedan, albeit one with a rather large rear end. At the touch of a button, the three-piece aluminum hardtop roof and side windows elegantly glide away in about 20 seconds, revealing an upscale cabin with high-quality materials. The IS 350C has some faults, but overall it should provide all the fresh air and four-season freedom that two occupants (four in a pinch) could reasonably desire.
Used Lexus IS 350C Models
The Lexus IS 350C debuted for the 2010 model year. There haven't been any significant changes to the car since.