2017 lexus rc review

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Think of the Lexus RC F Sport as James Bond without his trademark marksmanship or Frank Sinatra sans his famous low notes. It’s handsome, but handsome only takes you so far.

F-rankenstein

Key to the Lexus RC’s character is its Frankenstein’s Monster chassis that’s made up of pieces from three different Lexus models: The front subframe is sourced from the mid-size Lexus GS sedan, the rear end is procured from the compact Lexus IS sedan, and the center section is based on the structure of the now defunct IS C convertible. Despite this strange amalgamation of parts, the RC’s unibody structure is as stiff as a martini made with four parts of gin for each part of vermouth. Road imperfections are crossed with nary a shudder, and the car’s two oversize front doors close with a solid thunk.

Such rigidity doesn’t come without compromise, though, and the RC is a relative heavyweight against the Lexus IS that can be considered its sedan analogue. Our pound Nebula Gray Pearl RC F Sport carried an extra pounds more than the last IS F Sport we tested. Compared with the luxury coupes that the RC F Sport competes with, though, the two-door Lexus’s heft is generally par for the course, with the pound Cadillac ATS V-6 coupe being the lone lightweight left in a field that has been effectively taken over by welterweights.

Affable if Not Effable

This six-cylinder F Sport is not to be confused with the V-8–powered RC F (which is regarded as its own model), although its horsepower place it well clear of the hp turbocharged four-cylinder RCt and the hp AWD-only V-6 RC Even so, this F Sport is not quite as hard-edged as the Mercedes-AMG C43 that occupies a similar ’tweener slot in its model line. The RC competes with more relaxed six-cylinder coupes such as the hp BMW i, the hp Cadillac ATS V-6, and the hp Infiniti Q60 T.

Although the Lexus V-6’s ponies may be able challengers on paper, its thoroughbreds struggle in practice. A zero-tomph time of seconds and a quarter-mile run of seconds at mph are both seconds slower than the figures we extracted from a i. Even the hp, all-wheel-drive Audi A5 is quicker than this Lexus, needing just seconds to hit 60 mph and seconds to cover the quarter-mile.

HIGHS: Comfortable ride, nice interior, standout looks.

The RC is plenty quick for most users, however, and what it lacks in accelerative ability, it compensates for by the sweet sounds of the V-6 and the smooth shifts of the eight-speed automatic transmission. While the automatic can be hesitant to downshift in its Normal mode, switching to Sport alleviates the issue; using the standard steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters or tapping the gearshift lever will summon Manual mode for full control. Using the lethargic Eco setting is best avoided, always.

RCs equipped with the $ F Sport package like that on our test car add a Sport S+ driving mode that firms up the F Sport–specific adaptive dampers. It’s not a particularly rough rider, but we generally preferred the more comfortable default setting given the rough tarmac we regularly encounter. While bombing back roads, the RC has a penchant for understeer; we found the car is happier cruising at 75 mph than it is being pushed to its limits, even if the F Sport package’s inch Dunlop SP Sport Maxx summer tires helped the RC cling to our foot skidpad at g— g better than we recorded in the BMW i. The front brakes on F Sport cars measure inches ( inch bigger than the standard car) and helped bring our RC F Sport to a halt from 70 mph after feet, roughly par for the segment.

Also included in the F Sport package are a host of superficial features such as a digital gauge cluster, aluminum pedals, a model-specific steering wheel and shift knob, F Sport–exclusive spoke wheels, and more aggressive bodywork that accentuates the RC’s slinky proportions and big hourglass grille. Even after three model years, the RC remains a looker, albeit a polarizing one. Finally, the F Sport package also adds to the RC a handful of comfort and convenience features including heated and cooled front seats, a power tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and a blind-spot-monitoring system.

Our test car also came equipped with the $ All-Weather package (windshield de-icer, headlight washers), the $ adaptive cruise control system with automated emergency braking, and the $ navigation system. As to the last item, the inch multimedia screen’s functions are accessed via the brand’s mouselike Remote Touchpad interface that’s difficult to use on the fly. Low-quality graphics and crowded icons are further demerits on the system, and we greatly prefer the infotainment setups in Audis and BMWs.

LOWS: Infuriating infotainment controller, slower than six-cylinder rivals, could stand a diet.

In terms of assembly and materials, the RC’s cabin lives up to Lexus’s reputation for quality. Soft leather lines the seats and the sides of the center console, while every button and knob moves and clicks with the solidity expected of something priced in the neighborhood of $50K, as our test car was. The RC’s two rear seats are cramped and the window openings there are small, but no one buys a coupe if they’re going to put adults in the back often.

Not the F, Sport

As Bond and Sinatra can attest, looks and good manners only go so far. Earning a place at the top requires something extra. For Bond, it’s his skilled marksmanship; Sinatra, his baritone; and for compact luxury coupes, it’s finding the perfect blend of comfort and driving engagement. While the Lexus RC F Sport is handsome and well mannered, it’s devoid of a dynamic je ne sais quoi that would elevate it above its peers. It would feel livelier in its responses and more enticing to drive if it shed some of its excess mass and had its chassis tuned as sharply as that of the IS F Sport that so impressed us a few years ago.

Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS

Lexus RC F Sport RWD

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE AS TESTED
$50, (base price: $48,)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement
in3, cm3
Power
hp @ rpm
Torque
lb-ft @ rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: in
Length: in
Width: in
Height: in
Passenger volume: 84 ft3
Trunk volume: 10 ft3
Curb weight: lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Zero to mph: sec
Rolling start, mph: sec
Top gear, mph: sec
Top gear, mph: sec
Standing ¼-mile: sec @ mph
Top speed (governor limited): mph
Braking, mph: ft
Roadholding, ft-dia skidpad: g

FUEL ECONOMY
EPA combined/city/highway: 22/19/28 mpg
C/D observed: 20 mpg
C/D observed mph highway driving: 29 mpg
C/D observed highway range: mi

c/d testing explained

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Lexus RC AWD Coupe Review

Lexus RC AWD

Pros

Attractive

Ride Quality

Comfortable Cabin

Cons

Confusing Touchpad

Limited Cargo Space

Car Reviews

Toyota’s Chief Executive Officer, Akio Toyoda said he wanted to infuse the Lexus brand with a new spirit. The new mission comes from his racing background and love for fast cars. The CEO of Toyota knew he had to change the culture at Lexus in order to survive. Toyoda wants to compete with the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Cadillac ATS coupe, and the RC was his answer.

This week we saw how Lexus was doing in keeping up with their competitors.

What’s New For

The Lexus RC remains unchanged for

Features & Options

The Lexus RC all-wheel drive coupe ($45,) comes with inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, power front seats, a 60/split folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch color display, voice controls, and a speaker sound system with satellite radio. Also standard is Lexus Enform Service Connect, which provides access to vehicle status and maintenance alerts via a smartphone app.

The Navigation/Mark Levinson package ($2,) adds a console-mounted touchpad controller, upgraded voice controls, navigation, smartphone app integration (including Destination Search, Yelp, Pandora, and iHeartRadio), and a speaker surround-sound audio system.

The F Sport package ($3,) pads on appearance items such as a mesh grille and a unique front fascia. The substantive bits include inch wheels with all-season (AWD) tires, adaptive sport-tuned suspension dampers, and sport front seats. F Sport models also get perforated leather upholstery and trim, heated/cooled seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel (with a heated rim on AWD models), driver-seat memory settings, and a special instrument cluster. Triple beam LED headlights add ($1,), moonroof ($1,), and LED fog lamps ($).

Total MSRP including destination: $57,

Interior Highlights

The cabin’s two-tone black and burgundy color scheme is especially attractive and the F SPORT front seats were comfortable and supportive during our spirited driving this week. The interior features plenty of soft touch material and the quality is first class. If you are looking for comfort, the heated and cooled F Sport front seats will provide it. The F SPORT badge on the bottom of the steering wheel and aluminum sport pedals set the cabin apart from the standard model. The RC still keeps an analog clock, which we think is an interesting choice.

The way power driver seat comes with three pre-set adjustments for different drivers in the family. Push button start and the cooled front seats made the drives comfortable in the August heat we had in Denver. Don’t expect the back seat to be used for hauling adult passengers, however. It’s tight and only useful for smaller children and cargo, though this is normal for a sport coupe. Trunk volume is also a slim cubic feet, just big enough for two golf bags.

Engine & Fuel Mileage Specs

The Lexus RC is powered by a liter V6, delivering horsepower and lb-ft. of torque. The RC will launch from 0 to 60 mph in seconds which is just about average for a sports coupe. A six-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifters came with our full-time all-wheel drive tester. It gets an EPA estimated 19/26 city/highway and 21 combined mpg.

Driving Dynamics

The all-wheel drive RC provides a sporty feel with enough power to handle nearly any driving situation. The optional F SPORT package features a firmer, adaptive suspension, different gauges, and other performance goodies that make this Lexus coupe higher on the fun-to-drive meter than the standard variant. The Lexus RC is well-suited for the performance enthusiast looking for an enjoyable, capable daily driver, and we suggest adding the optional F Sport package. Besides sporty cosmetic touches inside and out, it also adds the adaptive suspension, which improves the overall ride comfort and handling.

The Lexus RC handled extremely well in the curves as we tested the coupe on mountain roads this week. The horsepower V6 has enough power for most driving enthusiasts and we had no problem powering past slower drivers going up I, into the mountains, at altitude. If you want the more “torquey” response of the turbocharged engines used by rivals, you may want to look elsewhere, but the naturally aspirated engine in the Lexus RC has a smooth, linear acceleration feel suited for daily driving. 

Conclusion

The Lexus RC is a good choice for those looking for a reasonably performing sports coupe. It’s not as engaging as its German rivals, but the Lexus is a solid choice in the luxury sport coupe segment. The RC with or without the optional F SPORT package offers ample power, agile handling, and makes for a comfortable daily driver.

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Pros

  • Great handling
  • Wide variety of powertrain options

Cons

  • Polarizing exterior design
  • Heavy curb weight for its size
  • Small trunk

Lexus RC Expert Review

Stefan Ogbac

New for

The Lexus RC receives a Scout GPS Link app as standard for cars without the optional navigation system. A new exterior color, Caviar, has been added to the car's exterior color palette. Performance dampers are now standard in the rear-drive RC and triple-beam LED headlights are now available as an option. Models include the turbo-four-powered RC t, six-cylinder RC AWD, six-cylinder RC , and performance-oriented RC F V

Vehicle Summary

The Lexus RC is a coupe that slots below the new-for larger LC coupe. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the RC t, RC and RC F. All-wheel drive, on the other hand, is standard on the RC and optional on the RC

Overview

Four powertrain options are available in the Lexus RC, all paired exclusively to an automatic transmissions.

Model: RC t
Engine and Transmission: liter turbo-four - eight-speed automatic
Power: hp/ lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 22/32 mpg city/highway

Model: RC AWD
Engine and Transmission: liter V-6 -six-speed automatic
Power: hp/ lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 19/26 mpg

Model: RC , RC AWD
Engine and Transmission: liter V-6 - eight-speed automatic or six-speed automatic
Power: hp/ lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 19/28 mpg (RC ); 19/26 mpg (RC AWD)

Model: RC F
Engine and Transmission: liter V-8 - eight-speed automatic
Power: hp/ lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 16/25 mpg

Trunk space stands at cubic feet, but can be expanded via the standard split-folding rear seats. Standard features include LED headlights, keyless entry/start, leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch screen for the multimedia system, a speaker audio system, and a rearview camera. Options include triple-beam LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a Mark Levinson premium audio system, navigation, heated/ventilated front seats, and leather upholstery. The F Sport package comes with F Sport-tuned adaptive suspension with a Sport+ driving mode, inch alloy wheels, an LFA-inspired gauge cluster, a limited-slip differential on rear-drive models, and front sport seats. Rear-wheel steering is available only on rear-drive F Sport models. On the high-performance RC F, the Performance package adds styling changes plus a torque vectoring differential, and a carbon fiber roof and rear spoiler.

Safety

In IIHS evaluations, the Lexus RC received the Top Safety Pick+ rating after it scored a Good Score on all crash tests and an Acceptable in the new headlight safety test (Good is the highest possible score). In the front crash prevention test, the car received an Advanced rating after it nearly avoided a mph impact and reduced the severity of a mph crash by 8 mph. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are bundled together as a single option.

What We Think

In a comparison test against the BMW M4, the Lexus RC F lost because it wasn't as well-damped as the M4 despite being the more stable vehicle. Additionally, the M4 was at home on both the streets and the track, whereas the RC F felt more at home on the streets and it didn't offer the same high-performance capability as the BMW. We also noted in a First Test that even with its lack of power the RC F Sport is fun to drive, especially when equipped with rear-wheel steering, which helps it rotate better on corners. However, due to its chassis combining parts of the GS, current IS sedan and the old IS C convertible, the RC is heavy for its size.

Cool Fact

The RC coupe shares its powertrain choices with the IS and GS sedans.

Key Competitors

Sours: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/lexus/rc//

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