2012 Lexus IS 350C

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Lexus IS 350C. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Engine:
    306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    4 Seats
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Responsive transmission
  • Well-executed steering
  • Balanced handling
  • Reliability
  • Front-seat comfort

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Lexus IS 350C

  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Keyless start
  • Available AWD
  • Available F-Sport Package

2012 Lexus IS 350C Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The five-seat IS 350 sedan and four-seat IS 350C convertible are stronger versions of Lexus' IS 250 and IS 250C by virtue of their 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. The IS 350 and IS 350C are sporty rivals to the BMW 3 Series. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on the sedan. Competitors include the BMW 335i, Infiniti G37 and Mercedes-Benz C350; the entry-level IS 250 plays against some of those cars' less powerful siblings.

Lexus also offers the IS-F, powered by a 5.0-liter V-8. The IS 250 and IS-F are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
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New for 2012

There are no significant changes for 2012.
Exterior
A long wheelbase and wide stance help give the IS 350 a muscular appearance. The IS 350 ranks as a compact car. An optional F-Sport Package includes a sport suspension and 18-inch wheels with summer tires that offer more grip.

The sedan has standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional backup camera with front and rear parking sensors


Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the IS 350, though the backseat is tight. Bright electroluminescent instruments light up the dashboard. Black and silver metallic trim is standard. The optional navigation system's voice-recognition software picks up casual-language co...

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat IS 350 sedan and four-seat IS 350C convertible are stronger versions of Lexus' IS 250 and IS 250C by virtue of their 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. The IS 350 and IS 350C are sporty rivals to the BMW 3 Series. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on the sedan. Competitors include the BMW 335i, Infiniti G37 and Mercedes-Benz C350; the entry-level IS 250 plays against some of those cars' less powerful siblings.

Lexus also offers the IS-F, powered by a 5.0-liter V-8. The IS 250 and IS-F are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
(Skip to details on the: IS 350C)

New for 2012

There are no significant changes for 2012.
Exterior
A long wheelbase and wide stance help give the IS 350 a muscular appearance. The IS 350 ranks as a compact car. An optional F-Sport Package includes a sport suspension and 18-inch wheels with summer tires that offer more grip.

The sedan has standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional backup camera with front and rear parking sensors


Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the IS 350, though the backseat is tight. Bright electroluminescent instruments light up the dashboard. Black and silver 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 and 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:

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


Under the Hood
The IS 350 sedan is available with rear- or all-wheel drive, like its IS 250 sibling. The convertible is rear-drive only. Mechanical features include:

  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 277 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Larger brakes than IS 250


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 fee. 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 350C
The IS 350C 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 IS 350 sedans. Back to top


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
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(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

High quality great looking car

by BrianinTN from Nashville, TN on January 2, 2018

Head turner of a car, and it is a convertible! All the bells and whistles, and at it's heart it is a Toyota, so you know it is reliable and will last. Read full review

(5.0)

Awesome convertible!

by Harry T from Citrus Heights California on November 7, 2017

I was looking for a convertible with leg room and comfort, this car offers both! Speed and agility were a big part in my choosing this car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Lexus IS 350C currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Lexus IS 350C has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The IS 350C received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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