July 9, 2015
If you obsessively look at ads for old cars like I do, you'll know that the driver seat's outside bolster is a common wear point for leather upholstery.
What's not common is for a one-year-old bolster to have a hole in its hide. But that's what our 2015 Lexus RC F is dealing with as it prepares to leave the fleet.
June 23, 2015
My colleague Brent Romans has already successfully installed a front-facing car seat in our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F, so I was a little overconfident when I signed out our coupe for the weekend. I assumed I'd be able to install a rear-facing car seat, even though my child has an extra-large seat.
Well, I was able to fit the car seat. Barely. The hardest part was getting the front passenger seat locked back down into place after engaging the easy-entry feature to wedge the car seat into the rear seat.
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.
May 20, 2015
Our long-term RC F is quiet inside. The absence of road and wind noise allows the burly V8 and powerful surround-sound audio system to shine. Unfortunately, it also spotlights a flaw.
May 1, 2015
I've been driving our 2015 Lexus RC F for a few days now. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much opportunity for full-throttle acceleration runs or weekend getaways along twisting, ocean-side roads. Instead it's been a lot of highway driving and commuting around town. But sitting in traffic provides ample time to admire what Lexus has done with the RC F's interior. If this were my car, it'd be one of the high points.
April 9, 2015
The 2015 Lexus RC F has four drive modes that alter its acceleration and change the look of the LCD gauges. The speedometer on the right is analog and remains consistent throughout all modes. It isn't very useful though, since the numbers are small and aren't really in your line of sight.
I can't really comment on the nuances of the drive modes since I don't have a road test background, but I will say this: When you're driving in "Normal" mode, it doesn't feel like the car has 467 horsepower. The RC F doesn't drive like you think it would until you're in "Sport S+," the highest setting. I think Sport S+ also has the best gauge layout, partly because it reminds me of the Lexus LFA gauges. Well, a slightly less cool version.
March 2, 2015
I swear I'm not trying to gloat, but it was 85 degrees and sunny in southern California just a few days ago. While the east coast was being attacked by snownadoes, I was breaking in to a sweat just by going outside. That meant I had the air conditioning in our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F set to "LO" and the ventilated seats set to their highest output setting.
I suggested the use of the cooling function on the seat to a friend of mine when she got in the Lexus. After a few minutes, she commented that she could feel them working from both the back- and butt-positions. I had my seats set to the highest ventilation position, too, but I couldn't feel a thing. Apparently, this difference came down to a choice in wardrobe.
February 12, 2015
I had our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F over the weekend, but before I could even sit down, I noticed the extravagant door panel. "Whoa. That's a lot of colors," I thought. "Black, gray, silver, red, carbon fiber...That's five. Is carbon fiber a color?" I said aloud. Then I started counting materials and the numbers rose even higher.
Before you read on, count the number of materials you can spot on the door and see if it matches my tally. And yes, stitching counts.