2017 Lexus RC 300
- Interior craftsmanship is excellent
- The ride quality will provide hours of comfortable touring
- Smooth power from the V6 engine
- All-wheel drive is standard
- Overall performance comes up short against rivals
- Infotainment interface is difficult to operate
- Tiny backseats are small even for children
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Which RC 300 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Hampered by middling performance, the 2017 Lexus RC 300 falls well short of the benchmark set by many of its rivals. Yes, it's comfortable and stylish, but you'd be better served by other luxury sport coupes.
Also, controlling the navigation and entertainment features through the Remote Touchpad is an exercise in frustration. Further hurting the RC's chances of becoming a top pick is the lack of storage and cargo space. If all you're after is a stylish and comfortable luxury coupe, the RC 300 may satisfy. But overall we think other luxury sport coupes will deliver a better all-around experience.
2017 Lexus RC 300 configurations
The 2017 Lexus RC 300 is a luxury sport coupe that represents the midlevel model for the RC lineup that starts with the RC 200t and is topped by the RC 350. Standard features are mostly identical among these variants, with the engine the most significant difference. The RC 300 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (255 horsepower, 236 pound-feet of torque) paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. It's the only RC version that has all-wheel drive as standard.
Standard feature highlights include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats, premium vinyl upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch display, voice controls and a 10-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.
A number of options packages are offered, although availability can vary depending on where you live. The Premium package adds ventilated front seats and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Luxury package includes those items plus automatic wipers, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable and heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and driver-seat memory settings. The All-Weather package offers headlight washers, windshield wiper de-icer, water-repellent front door windows and a supplementary electric cabin heater.
The Navigation package adds a console-mounted touchpad controller, a navigation system, upgraded voice controls and smartphone app integration (including Destination Search, Yelp, Pandora and iHeartRadio). The Navigation/Mark Levinson package adds a 17-speaker surround-sound audio system.
The F Sport package pads on appearance items such as a mesh grille and a unique front fascia along with substantive bits including 19-inch wheels, adaptive sport-tuned suspension dampers, upgraded front brake pads and sport front seats. F Sport models also get perforated leather upholstery and trim, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings and a special instrument cluster. Stand-alone options include a sunroof, upgraded headlights, LED foglights, adaptive cruise control (bundled with a collision mitigation system), and front and rear parking sensors.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Lexus RC 350 Coupe with the F Sport package (3.5L V6 | 8-speed automatic | RWD). Note that although we have not yet evaluated the Lexus RC 300 that uses a smaller and less powerful engine than the RC 350, our findings here are broadly applicable to the RC 300. Since this test was conducted, the RC has received only minor revisions.
Noise & vibration5.0
Ease of use2.0
Getting in/getting out3.0
Child safety seat accommodation
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite RC 300 safety features:
- Pre-Collision System
- Warns you if a collision is imminent and will apply the brakes if you don't act in time.
- Blind-Spot/Rear Cross-Traffic Alerts
- Lets you know if there's a vehicle in your blind spot or approaching 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.
The 2017 Lexus RC 300 is a two-door luxury sport coupe with muscular styling, a high-quality interior and a quiet, smooth highway ride. Shoppers who live in areas with frequent snow or mud will appreciate the standard all-wheel drive, which provides solid traction under a variety of road conditions. And although the RC 300 might not corner like a hardcore sports car, its handling will be more than adequate for most drivers, while its V6 engine packs enough punch to deliver respectable acceleration.
The RC 300 was a new model last year, derived from the existing RC 350 but with all-wheel drive and a less powerful engine. Accordingly, the changes for 2017 are few, but they include a new black-finished grille, different wheel choices, a new Scout GPS navigation link, available triple-beam LED headlights and one additional exterior color choice, a metallic black called Caviar.
The interior of the RC 300 is attractively designed and luxurious. Materials are mostly soft to the touch, and even the few hard plastic parts have an upscale look and feel. The front seats are snug yet very comfortable, but, like a lot of sports coupes, the rear compartment is best reserved for small children. Standard and available technology abound, although controls for the infotainment system and other functions can be difficult to use.
Power for the RC 300 comes from a 3.5-liter non-turbocharged V6 engine that generates 255 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It drives all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with standard paddle shifters. The EPA rates fuel economy for 2017 RC 300 at 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway).
On the road, the RC 300 has acceleration that's not spectacular, but it is more than adequate for highway passing and will likely satisfy the majority of drivers. It's also more of a comfortable tourer than an ambitious corner-carver. But you can upgrade handling via the F Sport package, which adds an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, larger wheels and performance tires, and upgraded brakes.There's also perforated leather upholstery and some unique exterior trim pieces.
The RC 300 comes in one very well-equipped trim level, with such standard features as keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable, heated front seats and an infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. The Premium package and Luxury package add a variety of comfort and convenience items. As noted, the F Sport package brings sport suspension and additional interior appointments. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Lexus RC 300 that best meets your needs.
2017 Lexus RC 300 Overview
The 2017 Lexus RC 300 is offered in the following submodels: RC 300 Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).
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