2015 Lexus IS 350C

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Key Specs

of the 2015 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

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

The Bad

  • Pokey 2.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Performance of Mark Levinson premium stereo
  • Tight backseat

Notable Features of the 2015 Lexus IS 350C

  • Based on previous-generation IS platform
  • Power-folding hardtop convertible
  • Seats four
  • Rear-wheel drive only
  • F Sport Package available

2015 Lexus IS 350C Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

While Lexus' IS sedan was redesigned last year, its retractable-hardtop sibling is still based on the previous-generation IS platform. The base IS 250C convertible is powered by a 2.5-liter V-6 engine while the IS 350C gets a 3.5-liter V-6. The rear-wheel-drive IS C convertible competes with sporty models like the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5.
New for 2015
The Lexus Enform App Suite gets Slacker and has been updated to iHeartRadio 4.0.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Power-retractable hardtop takes 20 seconds to lower, according to Lexus
  • 17-inch alloy wheels; 18- or 19-inch wheels available
  • Dual polished exhaust tips
  • Fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available F Sport Package includes sport-tuned suspension, unique wheels, different grille treatment and a front lip spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Seats four
  • Audio and climate systems automatically adjust to whether the top is up or down
  • Six-CD stereo; available Mark Levinson premium stereo
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB port
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Available navigation system
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats

Under the Hood

  • 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine (IS 250C)
  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (IS 350C)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering ...
Vehicle Overview

While Lexus' IS sedan was redesigned last year, its retractable-hardtop sibling is still based on the previous-generation IS platform. The base IS 250C convertible is powered by a 2.5-liter V-6 engine while the IS 350C gets a 3.5-liter V-6. The rear-wheel-drive IS C convertible competes with sporty models like the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5.
New for 2015
The Lexus Enform App Suite gets Slacker and has been updated to iHeartRadio 4.0.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Power-retractable hardtop takes 20 seconds to lower, according to Lexus
  • 17-inch alloy wheels; 18- or 19-inch wheels available
  • Dual polished exhaust tips
  • Fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Available rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available F Sport Package includes sport-tuned suspension, unique wheels, different grille treatment and a front lip spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Seats four
  • Audio and climate systems automatically adjust to whether the top is up or down
  • Six-CD stereo; available Mark Levinson premium stereo
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB port
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Available navigation system
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats

Under the Hood

  • 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine (IS 250C)
  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (IS 350C)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel
  • Rear-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, a system that integrates the car's electronic throttle and safety systems
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Safety Connect emergency communication service with a one-year trial subscription
  • Available front and rear parking sensors
  • Available precollision system
  • Available backup camera

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Fun sports car yet very reliable

by Jillian on September 17, 2017

I was tired of driving a car with no get up and go but yet I needed something that is realistic for my lifestyle. I'm so happy I went with the Lexus IS 350 Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable. I love it!

by Lexy from Georgia on April 13, 2015

I've been wanting a Lexus for a long time. It is just what I wanted. Awesome car! I will recommend it to all my friends. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Lexus IS 350C currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Lexus IS 350C has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Dealer Certification Required

    161-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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