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2015 Lexus RC 350

Original MSRP Range
$42,790 - $45,025
Available Style(s)
Coupe
MPG
19 - 19 MPG City / 26 - 28 MPG Hwy
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2015 Lexus RC 350

What We Like

Typical Lexus high-grade build quality; classy analog clock in the center console; quiet cabin; the ability to enhance a comfortable ride with cornering abilities

What We Don't

Center screen is set so far back/down that the bottom row of information could be obscured by the center console's lip; all-wheel-drive hardware (optional) means extra weight and less space in the front footwells and extra weight; somewhat anesthetized driving experience

Ratings

Consumer Rating

4.9/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2015 Lexus RC 350?

Everything. The 2015 Lexus RC 350 is a fresh model. 

Which RC 350 is the Best?

Unless all-wheel drive is an absolute necessity, go with the rear-drive F Sport version. It feels the most agile and lively, and being a bit sporty is the whole point of a coupe. Find a Lexus RC for sale

 

How Much Does a 2015 Lexus RC 350 Cost?

There's a regular RC 350 and an RC 350 F Sport. There's also an RC F, the RC 350's high-performance sibling.

The RC 350 version ($43,715) comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting with puddle lamps, climate control, a 7-in screen, 256-watt/10-speaker audio, rearview camera, Bluetooth and a voice-activated infotainment system. All-wheel-drive models also have heated front seats.

The RC 350 F Sport version brings adaptive variable suspension with a sport-plus mode (for extra stiffness), sport front seats, aluminum pedals, 19-in alloys, high-friction brake pads, thin-film transistor instrumentation, variable-gear-ratio steering and 4-wheel steering. Buying an F Sport model means paying an extra $3,580 (all-wheel drive) or $3,985 (rear-wheel drive), plus another $1,100 for the required moonroof.

RC 350 Trims

CoupeOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
RC 350 2dr Cpe AWD$45,025 / N/A6 Cylinder30619 / 266-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
RC 350 2dr Cpe RWD$42,790 / N/A6 Cylinder30619 / 286-Speed Shiftable Automatic / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2015 Lexus RC 350 a Safe Car?

There's a comprehensive complement of airbags, including knee bags for the front occupants, and the braking system has electronic assistance. There's also the Toyota/Lexus/Scion Smart Stop Technology feature: If a driver inadvertently presses both pedals at once, the brake becomes the overriding function.

Behind the Wheel

A rigid body means a finer state of tune for the suspension. Finding the balance between a comfortable ride quality and not wallowing around corners is hard to achieve, but Lexus has done it here. The RC 350 absorbs surface imperfections, but remains composed on sweeping freeway ramps as well as tighter corners.

The steering feels substantial and precise but still lacks information about how the front tires are behaving, which is an issue with most electric power steering systems.

Both provide the opportunity to get more involved with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. Shift action is mechanically perfect, which is the quality level expected in premium cars -- and certainly from Lexus.

Progress is about average for the class. For rear-drive versions, 0-to-60 miles per hour is polished off in 5.8 seconds before going hitting a top speed of 143 mph; all-wheel-drive cars are a tad slower. In a rear-drive F Sport model, whose rear-steer function brings maneuvering benefits at high and low speeds, the thrill factor goes up a notch or two.

But all-wheel drive and the extra weight of its necessary hardware is a downer. It takes a heavier foot on the gas and more aggressive behavior with the gears to get things moving, which isn't as much fun as when the engine seems effortless.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance1 Years/10,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Luxury Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • F Sport Pkg
  • All Weather Pkg
  • Power Trunk Release

Competition

2015 Lexus RC 350 vs the competition

2015 Audi A5 2.0T -- The Audi A5 is little low on power (220 hp) but comes with the option of an all-wheel-drive setup. There's also no shortage of Audi design fans.

2015 BMW 435i -- The BMW 435i is the big player in this class and is absolutely worth test driving to experience its poise and pace. It's obvious that not many other manufacturers can make a car this thrilling.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe -- There's a depth to the quality of engineering in Mercedes-Benz vehicles that becomes apparent as soon as the door thunks shut, the engine fires up and the car gets rolling. Continuous improvement over 100-plus years will do that.

Lexus RC 350 News & Reviews

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