2020 Lexus RC 350

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
  • Smooth power from the V6 engine
  • Overall performance comes up short against rivals
  • Infotainment interface is difficult to operate
  • Tiny back seats are small, even for kids
  • Offers less cargo room than competitors
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2020 Lexus RC 350 Review

Walking up to the 2020 Lexus RC 350, it's easy to be struck by its sporty styling and proportions. Its sharply creased skin, stretched tight over a long hood, and low-slung ride height give the impression of a high-performance coupe that can battle against the best from Germany. But you'd be wrong.

Instead, the RC 350 registers near back-of-the-pack when it comes to performance. 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 coupe is best thought of as a decent luxury coupe with a dash of style.

We award the RC 350 points for its well-built interior, quiet ride and smooth V6 engine, but we deduct points for its frustrating infotainment interface and tiny rear seats. You might also like that Lexus prices the RC thousands less than similarly equipped luxury coupes. But even with value factored in the RC 350 doesn't rise above the Audi A5/S5, BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class for all-around desirability.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.2 / 10
The RC 350 exists in a space between a grand-touring coupe and a sports car. It never really settles into either role, but it does deliver on the luxury coupe experience with excellent build quality and eye-catching styling. A frustrating tech interface and tight interior, however, make it tough to fully recommend.

How does it drive?

Outright performance isn't the game the RC 350 prefers to play. Accelerating to 60 mph takes 6.2 seconds. That's not as quick as most of its competition, especially those fitted with six-cylinder engines.

The F Sport's available summer performance tires return fairly good braking and handling numbers, should you decide to drive with some gusto. The car responds well to steering inputs but lacks the eagerness to change direction you might expect in a sports coupe. Much of that comes down to the RC's 3,800-pound curb weight. But the RC 350 will inspire confidence and is ultimately easy to handle at the limit.

How comfortable is it?

Space notwithstanding, the RC provides the level of suppleness you'd expect from a luxury brand. The well-bolstered seats help keep you in place while cornering, but the bolsters aren't so large that they make the seats uncomfortable.

The stiff, sporty ride matches the RC 350's visuals but lacks suppleness over less than perfect surfaces. In short, it's busy and can be tiring over longer drives. The RC 350 is pretty quiet though. Road and wind noise is minimal at any speed.

How’s the interior?

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?

The large entertainment screen looks impressive, but it's frustrating to operate. It locks out many functions while the RC is in motion — that might be a good thing because of how cumbersome it is. Phone integration now includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at least. And the optional Mark Levinson audio system sounds terrific.

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?

The RC's trunk is one of the smallest in this class. You can get more room by lowering the rear seats, but you can't do so from the trunk. You have to climb into the back to reach the release switches.

The center console has just enough room for a few phones. The door pockets fall on the smaller side of the spectrum, and there are just two cupholders. Outside of these options, the back seat becomes the main storage space for larger bags and sports bottles.

How economical is it?

With an EPA combined rating of 23 mpg, the rear-wheel-drive RC 350 returns slightly below average fuel economy for the class. Adding all-wheel drive lowers that number further. Competitors with similar performance are able to achieve better highway mpg. We averaged 20.7 mpg over the course of 365 miles in our test car.

Is it a good value?

The RC boasts meticulous attention to detail. The interior panel gaps are uniform throughout, 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 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.


It's tough to classify the RC 350 since it straddles the line between a grand tourer and a sport coupe without embodying either particularly well. But that's not to say it's without merit. There's some flash to the design both inside and out, and the engine delivers pleasing performance without any fuss.

Which RC 350 does Edmunds recommend?

We're partial to the rear-wheel-drive RC 350 in F Sport trim. It includes adaptive suspension dampers and sporty styling elements. If you're seeking more performance, add the mechanical limited-slip rear differential option that improves traction when cornering. We suggest skipping the rear steering option since it reduces feedback through the wheel.

Lexus RC 350 models

The 2020 Lexus RC 350 comes in two versions: base and F Sport. Both are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (311 horsepower, 280 lb-ft of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission for rear-wheel-drive models. A six-speed automatic comes with all-wheel-drive versions.

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 four-wheel steering system and a limited-slip differential.

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    F SPORT 2dr Coupe features & specs
    F SPORT 2dr Coupe
    3.5L 6cyl 8A
    MPG 20 city / 28 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower311 hp @ 6600 rpm
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    F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD
    3.5L 6cyl 6A
    MPG 19 city / 26 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower311 hp @ 6600 rpm
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    3.5L 6cyl 8A
    MPG 20 city / 28 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower311 hp @ 6600 rpm
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    2dr Coupe AWD
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    MPG 19 city / 26 hwy
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    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower311 hp @ 6600 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite RC 350 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
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Lexus RC 350 vs. the competition

    Lexus RC 350 vs. Audi S5

    The sticker price for the Audi comes in a few thousand more than the Lexus, but in return you'll get much better overall performance. It's faster and sharper when going around turns. The S5 also has more interior and cargo space. The S5 is the clear winner in this matchup.

    Compare Lexus RC 350 & Audi S5 features

    Lexus RC 350 vs. BMW 4 Series

    The BMW 440i costs more than the Lexus, but it's well worth it. Like the RC, the 4 Series fills a middle ground between conventional coupes and sports cars, but the BMW simply does everything better.

    Compare Lexus RC 350 & BMW 4 Series features

    Lexus RC 350 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    Mercedes offers a few versions of its C-Class coupe. The AMG C 43 fills the spot between the standard C 300 and the bonkers C 63 AMG, and it's the one we'd suggest looking at. It is more expensive than the Lexus, and that gap will grow as you add options. But on the whole, the C-Class is a more polished luxury coupe than the RC 350.

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    Is the Lexus RC 350 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 RC 350 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.2 out of 10. You probably care about Lexus RC 350 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RC 350 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 23 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 350 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 350. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Lexus RC 350?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Lexus RC 350:

    • Minor revisions to feature availability
    • Part of the first RC generation introduced for 2015
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    Is the Lexus RC 350 reliable?
    To determine whether the Lexus RC 350 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RC 350. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RC 350's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Lexus RC 350 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lexus RC 350 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 RC 350 and gave it a 7.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 RC 350 is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Lexus RC 350?

    The least-expensive 2020 Lexus RC 350 is the 2020 Lexus RC 350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $44,225.

    Other versions include:

    • F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $49,295
    • F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $50,905
    • 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $44,225
    • 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $46,390
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    What are the different models of Lexus RC 350?
    If you're interested in the Lexus RC 350, the next question is, which RC 350 model is right for you? RC 350 variants include F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A), F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of RC 350 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Lexus RC 350

    2020 Lexus RC 350 Overview

    The 2020 Lexus RC 350 is offered in the following submodels: RC 350 Coupe. Available styles include F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A), F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

    What do people think of the 2020 Lexus RC 350?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Lexus RC 350 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 350.

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    What's a good price for a New 2020 Lexus RC 350?

    2020 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

    The 2020 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $54,840. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $6,079 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2020 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 11.1% below the MSRP.

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