2010 Lexus IS 250 C

I expected a Lexus convertible, whose mission is making its driver look good and feel fine, to have one-finger steering and a pillowy ride. But that's not the case here. The steering has some real substance, and the ride actually errs on the side of too stiff, thanks likely to the 40-series (!) rubber that comes with the optional eighteen-inch wheels.

Personally, I prefer a soft top for a convertible over a retractable hard top, mostly for the sake of appearance and to preserve maximum top-down trunk space. But one of the arguments for a hard top is that they usually afford a greater glass area; so I was disappointed here by the porthole-like view out the back. The rearview camera is a virtual necessity.

Joe Lorio, Senior Editor

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