2021 Lexus RC 350

MSRP range: $45,150 - $51,230
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MSRP$46,175
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$41,947

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2021 Lexus RC 350 Review

  • 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
  • Blind-spot monitoring now standard across the lineup
  • New limited-production Black Line Special Edition model
  • Part of the first RC generation introduced for 2015

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 is an eye-catching luxury sport coupe that leans more toward comfort than all-out performance. The Lexus RC has been on sale since 2015 and has gotten a few refreshes over the years. Updates for 2021 include the new Black Line Special Edition. Limited to just 350 units, it comes with some special interior and exterior styling details plus a set of custom luggage. The rest of the RC carries over unchanged. While the RC 350 isn't as sporty as its design might suggest, its well-crafted cabin is quieter and more comfortable than the interiors of many competitors.

Its main rivals all hail from Germany. The new BMW 4 Series is the latest addition to this class. Its schnoz is as striking — and divisive — as the RC 350's spindle grille. Looks aside, we found the new 4 Series to be sporty and athletic without compromising comfort. The Audi A5 was just updated too, with revised looks and an updated infotainment system. Then there's the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe. It's as old as the RC 350 but, like the Lexus, it doesn't feel all that dated when you slip behind the wheel. Check out our Expert Rating below to get our in-depth evaluation on this year's RC.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    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.

Which RC 350 does Edmunds recommend?

The 2021 RC 350 is available in two trims, and we suggest going with the top-level F Sport model with rear-wheel drive. It adds features such as an adaptive suspension, and it's available with performance options including a limited-slip differential that helps the RC 350's handling match its sharp styling.

Lexus RC 350 models

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 is available in two trim levels: base and F Sport. Both are powered by a 3.5-liter non-turbocharged V6 engine (311 hp, 280 lb-ft) that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on both models. The turbocharged four-cylinder RC 300 and high-performance RC F are reviewed separately.

Base
The base RC 350 comes fairly well equipped from the get-go. Standard features include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Heated front seats (all-wheel-drive models)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 7-inch infotainment screen
  • Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and Android Auto integration
  • Two USB ports
  • In-car Wi-Fi with three-month subscription
  • 10-speaker audio system

Standard driver aids include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Automatic high beams

Lexus offers a handful of options such as:

  • Black Line Special Edition
    • Triple-beam LED headlights
    • 19-inch black chrome wheels
    • Black upholstery with silver stitching
    • Wood interior trim
    • Zero Halliburton luggage
  • Navigation package
    • 10.3-inch infotainment screen
    • Navigation
    • In-dash CD and DVD player
  • Navigation/Mark Levinson Premium Audio package
    • Navigation package features
    • 17-speaker audio system with subwoofer
    • Aluminum control knobs
  • Premium package
    • Heated and ventilated seats
    • Heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Moonroof
  • Heated steering wheel

F Sport
The F Sport builds on the standard RC 350 with features including:

  • F Sport-tuned adaptive suspension
  • Upgraded brakes
  • 19-inch wheels
  • F Sport steering wheel
  • F Sport front seats
  • Heated and ventilated seats
  • Heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Black headliner

Options include those available on the base RC 350, but the F Sport also offers a few performance options such as:

  • Lexus Dynamic Handling System (upgrades suspension and adds rear-wheel steering for improved handling)
  • Torsen limited-slip rear differential for improved traction (rear-wheel-drive models)
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Lexus RC 350.

Average user rating: 2.0 stars
1 total reviews
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Most helpful consumer reviews

2/5 stars, Very disappointing
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F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2021 Lexus RC 350 AWD F-sport in InfraRed is one of my dream cars, but what a disappointment. I tried getting a 2020 model in late 2020 but the car were either sold or had dealer demo/executive miles on them, so ordered a new one. For 2021 the RC 350 AWD had an increase in the MPG rating, this rating is mainly from transmission tuning. The 6 speed transmission now tries to shift into the highest gear possible and really bogs the car down, this happens in all the drive modes as well. Some other issues are a very bad fitted driver's sun visor, the sun visor sags down when its not latched and the latch was broke on delivery. The interior has a very strong coolant smell, I thought this was just burn-off but a few times in the winter i had to driver with the windows down to vent out the smell. Even parked not running the interior has a strong coolant smell. And finally the Electric park brake has failed to release about a dozen times now, this was a change for 2021 going from the manual parking brake to the electric one. So far no fix for the parking brake and the coolant smell. Compared to my 2019 IS350 the 2021 RC350 is just disappointing.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$45,150
MPG & Fuel
21 City / 31 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.4 gal. capacity
Seating
4 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 311 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 280 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 185.0 in. / Height: 54.9 in. / Width: 72.4 in.
Curb Weight: 3748 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 10.4 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite RC 350 safety features:

Pre-Collision System
Warns the driver of a possible impact with pedestrians or other cars. Can automatically apply the brakes if necessary.
Lane Departure Alert with Keeping Assist
Warns you when the car's drifting out of your lane and intervenes with steering input if needed.
Safety Connect
Includes automatic collision notification, an emergency assist button and stolen vehicle location services.

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 350 vs. the competition

2021 Lexus RC 350

2021 Lexus RC 350

2021 Audi A5

2021 Audi A5

Lexus RC 350 vs. Audi A5

The Audi A5 was recently updated with a new infotainment system and slightly revised exterior styling, making one of the best luxury coupes on the road even better. It's handsome, comfortable and reasonably sporty. It's also available with a wide array of tech and drive aids. Standard all-wheel drive makes it quicker than the RC 350 even though it has significantly less power.

Compare Lexus RC 350 & Audi A5 features 

Lexus RC 350 vs. BMW 4 Series

The BMW 4 Series was recently redesigned, moving to a platform that shares much with the 3 Series sedan. Contentious design aside, we found the new coupe to be sporty and quick without compromising comfort. The base four-cylinder is underpowered compared to the Lexus' V6 but offers better performance. Cargo space is surprisingly good, but passenger space is compromised by the standard sunroof.

Compare Lexus RC 350 & BMW 4 Series features 

Lexus RC 350 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class and the RC 350 were both introduced in 2015, and both are showing their age compared to newer luxury coupes. The C-Class offers more passenger space up front than the Lexus, and we prefer the C-Class' infotainment system to the one in the Lexus. The Mercedes feels a bit more refined than the RC on the road, though we suggest skipping the optional sport suspension.

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FAQ

Is the Lexus RC 350 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 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 22 mpg to 25 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 2021 Lexus RC 350?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Lexus RC 350:

  • Blind-spot monitoring now standard across the lineup
  • New limited-production Black Line Special Edition model
  • 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 2021 Lexus RC 350 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Lexus RC 350 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 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 2021 RC 350 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Lexus RC 350?

The least-expensive 2021 Lexus RC 350 is the 2021 Lexus RC 350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $45,150.

Other versions include:

  • F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $51,230
  • 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $47,315
  • 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $45,150
  • F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $49,620
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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 AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A). For a full list of RC 350 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Lexus RC 350

2021 Lexus RC 350 Overview

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 is offered in the following submodels: RC 350 Coupe. Available styles include F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A). Lexus RC 350 models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 311 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Lexus RC 350 comes with all wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic, 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Lexus RC 350 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Lexus RC 350?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Lexus RC 350 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 RC 350 2.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2021 RC 350.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Lexus RC 350 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 RC 350 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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 2021 Lexus RC 350?

2021 Lexus RC 350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,175. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus RC 350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,228 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,228 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,947.

The average savings for the 2021 Lexus RC 350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 9.2% below the MSRP.

2021 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A)

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,645. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,955 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,955 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,690.

The average savings for the 2021 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Lexus RC 350?

2021 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
22 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/26 highway MPG

2021 Lexus RC 350 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
22 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/26 highway MPG

2021 Lexus RC 350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
25 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/31 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG22
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.5 L
Passenger Volume94.2 cu.ft.
Wheelbase107.5 in.
Length185.0 in.
Width72.4 in.
Height55.1 in.
Curb Weight3891 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Lexus RC 350?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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