Cargo Compromises With Fixed Rear Seat - 2015 Lexus RC F Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Lexus RC F: Cargo Compromises With Fixed Rear Seat

June 1, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

Yesterday I learned that the V6-powered Lexus RC 350 and RC 350 F Sport come standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. It makes the trunk of such a sport coupe far more useful.

I also learned that our long-term, V8-powered 2015 Lexus RC F doesn't. Instead, Lexus gives RC F owners only a small pass-through for skis and other long, narrow objects.

2015 Lexus RC F

This is not a very uncommon modification when a manufacturer takes a performance model and upgrades it to high-performance status. A fixed rear seat and beefed-up bulkhead provide more structure, which is desirable in such an application. It gives the suspension engineers a more rigid foundation to work with, allowing them to tune to a higher, finer level. Ask any suspension engineer and they'll tell you that a stiffer chassis is a better chassis. A fold-down rear seat is usually the first thing to go in pursuit of less flex.

2015 Lexus RC F

I don't own skis, but I did have to haul a push broom from my house to our photo studio a few miles away. As you can see in the photos, the RC F's pass-through worked perfectly for this type of odd-shaped cargo.

Still, something tells me that Monticello's bike won't fit.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 9.732 miles


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