2015 Lexus RC F: Rough Ride Offsets Luxury Lineage
April 28, 2015
Grandma was in town recently and volunteered to entertain the Kid for the evening, allowing the Wife and I something like a date night. Sweet. This little arrangement came up suddenly and for a romantic evening out, the Chevy Colorado, which I'd already signed out, would not do. The 2015 Lexus RC F was the only thing left with a hint of luxury and Travis Langness did me a solid favor by trading keys.
Driving home, my first time behind the wheel of the RC F, I began to have doubts. On the highway, there was more bump and shake than I'd expected. My expectations suffered from short-term memory loss, however, as I soon remembered the last time I drove the IS F. Lexus does small, medium and big sedan comfort very well, but hasn't quite nailed the ride formula for sharp and sporty.
Maybe the Colorado would've been a better choice.
The RC F's seats, which have drawn some praise from my colleagues, were not working for me. Maybe it was a bad posture day at the office, but I couldn't get comfortable in the shapely buckets. The space where the seatback meets the bottom seemed to be a dead zone of spinal support which no amount of lumbar control could alleviate. Nearing home after an hour behind the wheel, I couldn't wait to get out.
Don't know if the Wife will be impressed with this selection.
Date night was a disaster, not because of the RC F, but because of all the other reasons married parents should abandon the folly of "date night." The RC F was nice enough, though. As expected, the ride proved too stiff for expectations. After about five minutes, the Wife wondered aloud "is this really a Lexus?"
Well, yes it is, mostly. It's still a Lexus, still a luxury car that delivers luxury fit and finish. The seat heaters warmed up a chilly night and the navigation system routed us around a side street jam with minimal input and fuss — a good thing since, although the new trackpad interface is an improvement over the previous mushroom stalk, it's still a ridiculous and distracting control surface. Time for Lexus to drop this pretention and get on with a dial-and-button array.
At the end of the night, I warmed to the RC F a little more, chalking up some of my initial grumpiness to genuine flaw (stiff ride lacking the compliance of other sport-lux coupes) and misplaced expectations. Since then, I've come to really enjoy the RC F, but more on that later.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor