2013 Lexus IS 250C

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$42,610

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2013 Lexus IS 250C
2013 Lexus IS 250C

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Well-executed steering
  • Balanced handling
  • Front-seat comfort

The bad:

  • Pokey V-6
  • Mark Levinson stereo option
  • Tight backseat
  • Firm ride
  • Driver's footwell room in AWD models

1 trim

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2013 Lexus IS 250C trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Manual transmission no longer available
  • New IS 250 Special Edition sedan
  • New F Sport Package for convertible
  • 204-hp, 2.5-liter V-6
  • Available AWD

2013 Lexus IS 250C review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat IS 250 sedan and four-seat IS 250C convertible are Lexus’ sporty rivals to the BMW 1 Series and 3 Series. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on the sedan. Competitors include the BMW 128i and 328i, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C300. The more powerful IS 350 plays against beefier versions of those same cars.

The IS 250 and 250C come with a 2.5-liter V-6; the IS 350 and its 3.5-liter V-6 are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section, as is the V-8-powered IS-F.

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New for 2013
The IS 250 is no longer offered with a manual transmission, leaving just the six-speed automatic.

A new Special Edition sedan that hits dealerships November 2012 features 17-inch wheels, F Sport front-end styling and two-tone leather upholstery.
 
The available navigation system features the latest version of Lexus Enform communication system and App Suite smartphone-appplication integration. The convertible is available with a red leather interior and an optional F Sport Package includes 18-inch wheels, a front lip spoiler, a sport suspension, and heated and ventilated front seats.
Exterior
Lexus’ LF-series concept cars influenced the IS 250’s styling. A long wheelbase and wide stance help give the IS 250 a muscular look.

An optional F Sport Package for the sedan includes a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, and front and rear spoilers. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels 
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights 
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional backup camera, front and rear parking sensors

Interior
Up to five occupants can fit inside the IS 250 sedan, though the backseat is tight. Bright electroluminescent instruments light up the dashboard. Black metallic trim is standard.

The optional navigation system’s voice-recognition software picks up casual-language commands, and the standard stereo has a USB port to better integrate iPods or other MP3 players. Lexus’ Enform service, included with the navigation system, can assist in finding street addresses, restaurants and more. It comes with a year of free service; after that, you have to pay a monthly subscription fee. Interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power moonroof 
  • Manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel (power version optional)
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats

Under the Hood
A six-speed automatic transmission is standard in the IS 250. The automatic’s steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters give the driver extra involvement when desired. Lexus says the rear-wheel-drive sedan can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 with 185 pounds-feet of torque
  • Double-wishbone front suspension 
  • Multilink rear suspension 
  • All-wheel-drive models send 70 percent of power to the rear wheels by default; they can automatically route power 50/50 (front/rear) on low-traction surfaces like snow or ice

    Safety
    Lexus’ Safety Connect service, which automatically notifies authorities in the event of a crash, is standard. Like Enform, a year’s service is included, but after that you’ll have to pay a subscription. Standard safety features include:

    • All-disc antilock brakes
    • Electronic stability system 
    • Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management, which is meant to integrate all systems to anticipate skids and react faster than an electronic stability system alone 
    • Knee airbags for both front occupants 
    • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
    • Side curtain airbags for both rows

    IS 250C
    The IS 250C convertible has a retractable hardtop that Lexus says can operate in just 21 seconds. The four-seat interior features anti-glare gauges, plus audio and climate systems that automatically adjust their settings to compensate for top-down noise and temperatures. Other safety and luxury features remain similar to those on the IS 250 sedan. However, the IS 250C convertible is not available with all-wheel drive. Back to top

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Sporty and reliable

This car is the convertible built for us. The hard top convertible is what we wanted. The reliability of a Lexus was number 1 though. The top opens and closes faster than the Infiniti convertible (or at least in 2013). Plus more trunk room. It is economical on gas and has enough power for me (I don't race, lol)

4.9

Beautiful and reliable machine

Handles well and looks great! Retractable hard top is wonderful. Lives up to Lexus reputation. Top goes up and down like a transformer, with a touch of a button. She's a beautiful machine with all the modern technology that is wanted today.

5.0

2013 Lexus C30

This particular model is black with a red leather interior. The hardtop convertible works quietly, smoothly and quickly . With the top up interior noise is at a minimum. This vehicle has memory seats on both front seats which is very convenient. Getting into the back seat is made easier by a powered seat that comes forward to let the rear passenger get into the back easier. Rear leg room is at a premium so put your tall passenger up front! It comes with a navigation system. Push button ignition. The car came with a remainder of factory warranty. The car delivers a great ride on the road and is fun to drive.

See all 4 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Maintenance
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance

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