First of all. I will agree 100% with Lee Monk's review above. This vehicle is definitely a very attractive car. We have got so much attention, all thumbs up. It also replaces our 2013 GS which I very much liked. It's fun to drive, fit and finish is excellent. Ride is great for a sports car. Dependability is part of the brand name. The navigation is a little pain to operate. The screen could full up the area, that would be welcomed.
Overall this car does inherit Lexus comfort and reliability. Smooth ride and stunning exterior. Inside is a bit tight as expected in a sport car frame, but very quiet and ride is relatively smooth. Acceleration is not one of the strongest feature of this car and in Sport mode there is a bit of hesitation at the start from a complete stop. I have the Luxury package on this car and for most part it is loaded with features, but some important features are lacking compared to my older Lexus that had only the Premium package (See suggested improvements).
This was a replacement for our 2013 Lexus GS 350. We’ve had the car for about three months at this point and there are some pluses and minuses to highlight. First off to the "so called experts" who knock the looks of this car, this car is visually stunning. I've had at least 100 people stop me to ask what kind of Lexus is it, and they comment on how gorgeous it is. I have the Ultrasonic Blue with playa interior. The interior fit and finish are exceptional. The F Sport seats have the right amount of side bolstering for fast cornering. Here are my gripes with this car. The engine is underwhelming. This is the same engine from the GS but it seems to be tuned much less sporty. Update*** It's been 2+ years since I purchased the RC350. I have found lots to like about the vehicle (e.g. styling, reliability, functionality) while the same issues that plagued the car after a few months still exist ( bad fuel economy, glitch CPU for navigation). Lexus somewhat addressed the fuel economy by introducing the 4 cylinder turbo RC. I would purchase this vehicle over again knowing what I do now about it. For my needs it checks off many of the boxes and their aren't droves of them on the streets (ala BMW 4 series). Update*** It has been almost three years since I leased the RC350. Styling wise it has aged well, but technology wise three years is a lifetime. The interior has held up well and the overall mechanics of the car work fine. Lexus has seemingly abandoned this car from an advertising standpoint as everything is now compact SUV biased. If you are in the market for an RC search around because great deals are out there.
This car looks like a hot rod and rides like a luxury sedan. It really is the best of both worlds, although it can be a challenge to get in an out for some. The front seats are very comfortable, rear seats are pretty much reserved for kids or small packages. Like others have said, the navigation controls are a bit confusing and I still can't figure out how to change the XM radio stations from the steering wheel mounted controls. The climate controls themselves are a bit hard to reach - especially the dashboard mounted radio tuning knob if you like to sit farther back from the steering wheel. The car is pretty quiet and is a great cruiser - acceleration is adequate under normal conditions but the car does get up and go when you step on it- and it sounds great. I chose the Lexus RC 350 AWD over the BMW 428XI because there are too many BMW's on the road - not that they will be there for long considering their reliability issues. Overall - I'd recommend the RC 350 to anyone looking for a reliable yet unique luxury sports coupe under 60 grand.
I was searching for a great looking sports car, with great reliability and yet that still had a back seat for my 2 small kids, and AWD for snow. After months of searching this was it. The BMW 4 series was a close second but comments about reliability, bland styling and the shear numbers of BMWs out there, I picked this car. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that it is not as fast as it looks! It is much slower than I expected but the ride and handling are superb. Update: Still a great car and still turning heads as it rolls by. Gas mileage is not great about 16 in town and 23-25 on the highway. The only negative thing is that the paint is very, very thin and seems to scratch and stain very easily. Regular washing and waxing have helped but that was not something I anticipated.
Naturally aspirated, direct- and port-injected V6, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
306 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
277 @ 4,800
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
There's very little difference among Normal, Sport and Sport+ during maximum acceleration (mere hundredths of a second); however, disabling traction control to allow some wheelspin allowed the car to accelerate more freely from a standstill. This method reduced time-to-speed by about a half second across the board. The engine is a gem: making power throughout its rev range, revving extremely freely and sounding rather sporty while doing so. Upshifts are quick and silky-smooth and there are plenty of them (with an eight-speed transmission) on the way to a quarter-mile finish line. Manual shifting via paddle shifters does automatically match engine revs on downshifts, but does not hold a gear at redline.
Steady, unrelenting brake power, minimal dive and undetectable ABS functionality from the first (and shortest) stop to last of five from 60 mph. Straight as an arrow, with no lane wander or unusual behavior.
While the speed this car achieved through our slalom is not particularly poor, it isn't particularly good for a sport coupe either. Perhaps we were expecting more RC F in this RC 350 F Sport. The steering doesn't react in a predictable manner from the first few degrees of driver input (off center). It's hard to detect how much of this is due to the steering setup (and its variable ratio) and how much is due to the rear-steer mechanism. Either way, it's overdone and the rear of the car feels less stable and isn't always in unison with the front (something a slalom test magnifies/intensifies). When the limits of the car are approached, the electronic stability control system (ESC) is keenly aware of the situation and is surprisingly heavy-handed in its corrections. Seems like there could've been more work done to improve the chassis rather than relying on the ESC to clean up the pieces. Disabling the ESC on the skid pad, we found there is a greater ability to adjust the car's behavior/direction with the throttle and a fair amount of grip from the tires. This car is far better in steady-state corners than it is in rapid transitions.