2015 Lexus RC F: Little Touches
June 9, 2015
We needed to pick up a new long-term car at a dealership in San Diego, so I grabbed the keys to the 2015 Lexus RC F and headed south. My 89-year-old father came along for the ride and he was quite outspoken about the car's interior. Keep in mind that one of his first cars was a '34 Ford Coupe. I expected him to be overwhelmed by the gadgetry, but that wasn't the first thing he commented on.
The suede visor over the instrument panel: That's the first thing he mentioned. He absolutely loved it and correctly observed it would help cut the glare. His second comment was how comfortable the seats were and, to his credit, he didn't complain about the stiff ride. I also thought the seats were amazing, although the side-bolstering makes it harder to get in and out of the car.
On the drive back from San Diego, I found myself threading through trans-city traffic, trying to stay ahead of Memorial Day weekend traffic. I relied heavily on the blind spot warning feature, even though it takes a leap of faith to move into a lane I haven't seen with my own eyes. But it's unavoidable since rear visibility is so poor.
I also noticed that the steering is so quick and precise that I constantly found myself making adjustments to stay centered in my lane. On a long road trip, this would be tiring.
While this car is a blast to drive, what stands out for me is the interior. It's like strapping into a jet cockpit and having all the controls at your fingertips. Sure, there's a little overkill here for the young enthusiasts. My father observed that some of the features are little more than geegaws. He also didn't care for the carbon fiber panels. But other than that, the RC F left us both with a favorable impression.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 9,707 miles