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2020 Lexus RC 300

What’s new

  • Minor revisions to feature availability
  • Part of the first RC generation introduced for 2015

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent interior craftsmanship
  • One of the quietest cars in its class
  • Adaptive suspension's standard setting provides a comfortable ride
  • Overall performance comes up short against rivals
  • Infotainment interface is difficult to operate
  • Backseat space is tiny, even for kids
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2020
Lexus RC 300 for Sale
MSRP Range
$41,295 - $48,540
MSRP Starting at
$41,295
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$44,966
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MSRP Range
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2020 Lexus RC 300 Review

There are sports cars and then there are sporty cars. The 2020 Lexus RC 300 falls into the latter category. It has plenty of style but not enough performance to match its appearance. In return, you'd expect it to favor comfort over athleticism. But that's not entirely true either since the RC doesn't enjoy a significant advantage in that category.

With this in mind, the RC 300 coupe is best thought of as a decent luxury coupe with a dash of style. It's the base model in the RC lineup and has a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine. If you want more power, there's the midlevel V6-powered RC 350 or the throaty V8-powered RC F. But you can also stick with the 300 and enjoy its lower price and higher fuel economy.

We award the RC 300 points for its well-built interior and quiet ride. You might also like that Lexus prices the RC thousands less than similarly equipped luxury coupes. But besides the lack of performance, the RC also suffers from a frustrating infotainment interface and tiny rear seats. Overall, rivals such as Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are more usable for daily use and eclipse the RC for all-around desirability.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

7.1 / 10
Smooth manners and a solid interior help the Lexus RC 300 make a great first impression. This is a nice-looking luxury coupe that gets the job done. But shortcomings with interior space, storage options, fuel economy, and entertainment features make it difficult to recommend over the competition.

How does it drive?

7.5
The RC is a satisfactory driver. It's slower than most luxury coupes, with a 0-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds. But the steering wheel delivers pleasing feedback from the road and the front tires. It keeps straight and stable on the freeway, and it doesn't require correction when you turn into a corner.

We tested the RC 300 F Sport. Performance-oriented summer tires allow the RC to maintain high speeds through corners. Thanks to the car's stable nature, you'll end up going down twisty roads more quickly than you'd expect. But the overall vibe you'll get is that of a competent cruiser rather than a sport coupe.

How comfortable is it?

8.0
Space limitations aside, the RC provides the refinement and quietness expected from a luxury brand. The large side bolsters on the F Sport's seats help keep you in place while cornering. The non-adjustable bolsters aren't so large that they make the seats uncomfortable, but larger occupants might feel a bit tight. The cushions are firm, but we experienced little fatigue on long drives.

The F Sport's adaptive dampers excellently balance softness with control over the 19-inch wheels. You only notice road imperfections when you should. Switching into the sport settings creates appreciable differences in ride quality. The RC is best suited to the default setting.

How’s the interior?

7.0
The RC is one of the larger luxury coupes in the segment, but it has the smallest interior. We struggle to think of whom the rear seats would serve. Even small children will find the lack of rear legroom a problem. As with many coupes, the RC's long doors can be an issue in tight parking lots.

It takes a while to get used to the layout of the center stack's organization and use of multiple types of inputs — both physical and touch-sensitive — but it makes sense after practice. The touchpad that controls the entertainment system requires too much attention from the driver.

How’s the tech?

6.5
The optional Mark Levinson stereo sounds fantastic. The wide 10.3-inch entertainment screen looks good, too. Alas, the software is awkward to operate and behind the curve in terms of features. What's worse, you can't use many functions while moving. You're better off using your phone through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The adaptive cruise control manages speed without needing much driver input. Unfortunately, it doesn't work under 25 mph, so it's ineffective during the most frustrating parts of the commute. You also have to be ready on the brake pedal for when traffic slows and the system stops working.

How’s the storage?

6.5
Even for a coupe, the RC has tight storage space. The trunk can handle little more than the necessities of a weekend getaway, and the interior has few solutions for large bottles as well as bags and backpacks. You'll find larger and more accommodating interiors and trunks in competitors.

How economical is it?

6.0
With an EPA combined rating of 24 mpg, the rear-wheel-drive RC 300 has the lowest fuel economy of its four-cylinder competitive class. Adding all-wheel drive and the required V6 engine drops that figure further. Competitors with similar or greater power achieve better mpg. We averaged 21 mpg overall in our test car.

Is it a good value?

7.0
The RC boasts meticulous attention to detail. The interior panel gaps are uniform, and the absence of squeaks and rattles provides a sense of quality assembly. Some plastic materials, especially the panel that surrounds the center clock and air vents, look slightly out of place.

You'll likely pay less to get an RC 300 compared to some rival coupes, and you get some true highlights for the money, such as the sound system and the build quality. But German competitors offer more performance, interior space and fuel economy for your dollar.

Wildcard

7.5
It's tough to classify the RC 300 since it straddles the line between a grand tourer and a sport coupe without embodying either particularly well. It gets the job of driving done but doesn't go further. That said, there's enough enjoyment in smoothly cruising around in the RC and simply admiring its design.

Which RC 300 does Edmunds recommend?

The rear-wheel-drive RC 300 gets our recommendation for its lighter weight, more torque and better fuel efficiency compared to the V6 that comes with all-wheel drive. The F Sport option enhances the car's handling abilities. But if you're seeking performance, the RC 300 probably isn't the right car for you. Skip the F Sport in favor of the optional Premium package and Mark Levinson audio system.

Lexus RC 300 models

The 2020 Lexus RC 300 comes in two main versions: base and F Sport. Both offer one of two engines. The rear-wheel-drive model is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine (241 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) that drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive RC 300 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 (260 hp, 236 lb-ft) connected to a six-speed automatic.

Standard feature highlights include LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch display, and a 10-speaker sound system. A variety of advanced driver safety aids also come standard.

The F Sport fits the RC with appearance items such as a mesh grille and a unique front fascia along with substantive bits. Those include adaptive sport-tuned suspension dampers and sport front seats with heating and ventilation.

Several other option packages are offered, although availability can vary depending on where you live. Notably, the Navigation package includes a console-mounted touchpad controller, a 10.3-inch display, upgraded voice commands and integrated navigation. It can also be bundled with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system. On the F Sport, you can also add a limited-slip differential.


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    Features & Specs

    F SPORT 2dr Coupe features & specs
    F SPORT 2dr Coupe
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$46,365
    MPG 21 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower241 hp @ 5800 rpm
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    2dr Coupe features & specs
    2dr Coupe
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$41,295
    MPG 21 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower241 hp @ 5800 rpm
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    2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
    2dr Coupe AWD
    3.5L 6cyl 6A
    MSRP$43,985
    MPG 18 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower260 hp @ 6400 rpm
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    F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
    F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD
    3.5L 6cyl 6A
    MSRP$48,540
    MPG 18 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower260 hp @ 6400 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite RC 300 safety features:

    Pre-Collision System
    Warns you if a collision is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't act in time.
    Blind-Spot/Rear Cross-Traffic Alerts
    Lets you know if there's a vehicle in or approaching your blind spot while you're backing out of a parking space.
    Lexus Enform Safety Connect
    Helps when you need it most with automatic crash notification and roadside assistance.
    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Lexus RC 300 vs. the competition

    Lexus RC 300 vs. Audi A5

    The Audi A5 will set you back a few thousand dollars more than the Lexus RC 300, but it's well worth it. The A5 is more engaging to drive and doesn't suffer with some of the RC's drawbacks. In particular, Audi's infotainment system is far superior to Lexus'. Otherwise, standard features are largely comparable between the two.

    Compare Lexus RC 300 & Audi A5 features

    Lexus RC 300 vs. BMW 4 Series

    BMW will soon be introducing a redesigned 4 Series, so 2020 is likely the last year for the current generation. Even so, it still provides an optimal blend of performance and comfort. Rear seating in the 4 Series is actually usable, unlike the just-for-show rear seats in the RC.

    Compare Lexus RC 300 & BMW 4 Series features

    Lexus RC 300 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz C 300 may cost more than the Lexus RC, but the extra cash will seem well spent once you're inside. The C-Class interior is attractively styled and features excellent materials and expert craftsmanship. A base C-Class won't have all of the latest features, but what is there will still satisfy most shoppers.

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    FAQ
    Is the Lexus RC 300 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 RC 300 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.1 out of 10. You probably care about Lexus RC 300 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RC 300 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 24 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the RC 300 has 10.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus RC 300. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Lexus RC 300?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Lexus RC 300:

    • Minor revisions to feature availability
    • Part of the first RC generation introduced for 2015
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    Is the Lexus RC 300 reliable?
    To determine whether the Lexus RC 300 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RC 300. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RC 300's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Lexus RC 300 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lexus RC 300 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 RC 300 and gave it a 7.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 RC 300 is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Lexus RC 300?

    The least-expensive 2020 Lexus RC 300 is the 2020 Lexus RC 300 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $41,295.

    Other versions include:

    • F SPORT 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $46,365
    • 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $41,295
    • 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $43,985
    • F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $48,540
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    What are the different models of Lexus RC 300?
    If you're interested in the Lexus RC 300, the next question is, which RC 300 model is right for you? RC 300 variants include F SPORT 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of RC 300 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Lexus RC 300

    2020 Lexus RC 300 Overview

    The 2020 Lexus RC 300 is offered in the following submodels: RC 300 Coupe. Available styles include F SPORT 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

    What do people think of the 2020 Lexus RC 300?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Lexus RC 300 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 RC 300.

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    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Lexus RC 300?
    2020 Lexus RC 300 F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

    The 2020 Lexus RC 300 F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,945. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus RC 300 F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3,557 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2020 Lexus RC 300 F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 6.8% below the MSRP.

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    The 2020 Lexus RC 300 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $49,705. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus RC 300 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $6,421 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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