NY Times Comparison: 2010 Lexus IS 350C vs. Infiniti G37 convertible

Lexus IS 350C vs. Infiniti G37 Convertible

The New York Times has published a comparison between the Lexus IS 350C and the Infiniti G37 convertible:

While the Infiniti manages to look reasonably pert from behind, the Lexus has a wicked case of Solara butt. But if the Lexus is no swan, dropping the roof does make it less of a waddling goose. Viewed in convertible profile, that big deck suddenly looks imposing, and the Lexus’s crouched stance and short front overhang come into focus.

I got caught in rainstorms in both vehicles, and discovered that the Infiniti’s top also makes a surprising racket when it’s being pelted, like a Caribbean house with a tin roof. Beneath the Lexus’s aluminum top, all I could hear were drops on the windshield.

Lifting the Infiniti’s enormous trunk lid feels like curling a bowling ball. Lexus’s lid is large but more wieldy.

I think in terms of styling, the Infiniti G37 has an edge if only because there was an actual coupe to base the design on, though I must admit, these two convertibles look awfully similar to one another.

In the end, the Infiniti G37 convertible was the winner with an asterisk:

Ultimately, the Infiniti’s sharper looks and sharpened performance would make it my personal choice. Yet I’ll admit that many people who gravitate to convertibles are more concerned with SPFs than r.p.m.’s. It was Lexus that kicked off the hardtop convertible trend with the 2002 SC 430; the brand’s fans now have a relatively affordable and practical alternative to the two-seat $70,000 SC.

[Source: New York Times]