Typical Lexus high-grade build quality; classy analog clock in the center console; quiet cabin; the ability to enhance a pliant ride with cornering abilities
The way the center screen is set so far back and down that the bottom row of information is liable to be obscured by the center console's lip; all-wheel-drive hardware means less space in the front footwells; extra weight of all-wheel-drive hardware; somewhat anesthetized driving experience
An RC 350 with rear-wheel drive and the F Sport package is quite entertaining and well equipped. Find a Lexus RC for sale
The 2017 Lexus RC comes as one basic model, but with different drivetrains.
The RC 200t ($41,130) starts with 18-in alloy wheels, dual polished stainless steel exhaust pipes, selectable driving modes, cruise control, LED lighting, puddle lamps, heated side mirrors, push-button start, climate control, analog clock, 60/40-split/fold rear seats, 7-in infotainment screen, rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, self-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, voice controls, 256-watt/10-speaker audio with HD/satellite radio, auxiliary audio input and dual USB ports.
The RC 300 AWD ($43,745) has its own engine and all-wheel drive.
The RC 350 ($43,985) also has its own engine and comes with the option of all-wheel drive.
The RC F ($65,140) is the high-performance variant. It has 19-in alloy wheels, power-adjustable front sport seats (driver: 10-way; passenger: 8-way), bespoke suspension, bigger brakes and a dedicated body kit.
All-wheel-drive models have heated front seats.
The list of options includes a sunroof, 19-in alloy wheels, triple-beam LED headlights, navigation, park assist, upgraded audio system and a radar-based intelligent cruise control.
The F Sport package brings an adaptive variable suspension with a sport-plus mode (for extra stiffness), sport front seats, aluminum pedals, 19-in alloys, high-friction brake pads, TFT instrumentation, variable gear ratio steering and 4-wheel steering.
The RC F offers a carbon fiber roof option, which cuts weight and lowers the center of gravity.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
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