2017 Lexus RC 350

Pros: Smooth-for-the-class ride quality; luxurious trimmings inside and out; good front-seat headroom and leg room; crisp performance from 8-speed transmission; vigorous acceleration in RC F model

Cons: Not all testers like touchpad controller; back seat is cramped and difficult to access; styling is too aggressive for some

CG Says: Lexus RC is relatively unchanged for 2017. A Scout GPS link that pairs with smartphone navigation is newly available. The RC is a sporty, low-slung two-door coupe with a performance-oriented “grand tourer” personality. A 241-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powers the rear-wheel drive RC 200t. The all-wheel drive RC 300 is powered by a 255-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. The RC 350 is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and has a 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. A limited-slip differential is optional on RC 200t and rear-drive 350 F Sports. The high-performance RC F is rear-wheel drive only and is powered by a 467-hp 5.0-liter V8. All rear-wheel-drive RCs have an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models have a six-speed automatic. Standard features on the RC include keyless access and starting, rear-obstacle detection, Lexus Enform Remote (which allows remote viewing and control of some functions), and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users. Options include leather upholstery, navigation system, rearview camera, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert, and memory driver seat. Also optional is Lexus Enform App Suite, which includes apps such as Pandora, Bing, Yelp, and iHeartRadio. An F Sport package ups the sportiness level of the RC 200t/300/350 via adaptive variable suspension and rear-wheel steering (the latter on rear-drive models only), along with unique interior and exterior trim. In addition to its muscular V8 engine, the RC F boasts high-performance features such as a sport-tuned suspension, Brembo-brand brakes, and distinctive bodywork, plus an available torque-vectoring rear differential and active rear spoiler (which deploys at around 50 mph). Though they’re not the most ferocious performers in their class, the RC 350 and RC F offer an intriguing blend of performance and luxury with unforgettable styling.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices RC 200t: $40,155
RC 200t F Sport: $44,260
AWD RC 300: $42,770
AWD RC 300 F Sport: $46,470
RC 350: $43,010
RC 350 F Sport: $47,115
AWD RC 350: $45,175
AWD RC 350 F Sport: $48,875
RC F: $64,175

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (RC 200t)
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6 (RC 300, RC 350)
Horsepower
255 (306 in RC 350)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic (AWD)
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-28

Optional Engine
5.0-liter V8 (RC F)
Horsepower
467
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25