2016 Lexus RC 300

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Lexus RC 300. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Choice of engines
  • Sporty feel
  • Adaptive suspension
  • F Sport gauges
  • Great seats
  • Mild or wild styling, depending on version

The Bad

  • Accelerator lag (eight-speed automatic)
  • Inconsistent interior quality
  • Snug backseat
  • Navigation system's touchpad interface
  • Brake-pedal feel

Notable Features of the 2016 Lexus RC 300

  • New turbocharged four-cylinder engine (RC 200t)
  • New 255-hp V-6 engine (RC 300)
  • 306-hp V-6 available (RC 350)
  • Rear- or all-wheel-drive four-seat coupe
  • High-performance V-8-powered RC F available
  • Adaptive suspension available

2016 Lexus RC 300 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

This aggressively styled four-seat coupe debuted for 2015 as the RC 350 with a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive as another step in Lexus' ongoing effort to attract younger buyers. Rear-drive RC 350s use an eight-speed automatic transmission while all-wheel-drive models have a six-speed automatic. The RC competes with the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Cadillac ATS.

The RC 350 was later joined by the RC F, a rear-drive performance model with a V-8 engine. The RC F is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2016
Two new engines expand the RC lineup. The RC 200t is powered by a 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the RC 300 has a 255-hp version of the RC 350's 3.5-liter V-6. The RC 200t comes with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic, and the RC 300 comes with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. The F Sport versions of the RC 200t and rear-drive RC 350 now offer optional orange brake calipers and a limited-slip differential.

Significant Standard Features

  • LED headlights and running lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Automatic climate control
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • CD stereo with 7-inch dashboard screen and USB/iPod connectivity
  • Backup camera
  • Safety Connect emergency communication system with one-year trial subscription
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock br...
Vehicle Overview

This aggressively styled four-seat coupe debuted for 2015 as the RC 350 with a 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive as another step in Lexus' ongoing effort to attract younger buyers. Rear-drive RC 350s use an eight-speed automatic transmission while all-wheel-drive models have a six-speed automatic. The RC competes with the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Cadillac ATS.

The RC 350 was later joined by the RC F, a rear-drive performance model with a V-8 engine. The RC F is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2016
Two new engines expand the RC lineup. The RC 200t is powered by a 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the RC 300 has a 255-hp version of the RC 350's 3.5-liter V-6. The RC 200t comes with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic, and the RC 300 comes with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. The F Sport versions of the RC 200t and rear-drive RC 350 now offer optional orange brake calipers and a limited-slip differential.

Significant Standard Features

  • LED headlights and running lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Automatic climate control
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • CD stereo with 7-inch dashboard screen and USB/iPod connectivity
  • Backup camera
  • Safety Connect emergency communication system with one-year trial subscription
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (RC 200t)
  • 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (RC 300)
  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (RC 350)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission (rear-wheel drive)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission (all-wheel drive)
  • Navigation system
  • Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Precollision system with adaptive cruise control
  • Moonroof
  • Adaptive suspension (F Sport)

Latest 2016 RC 300 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very reliable car

by Lexus 300zx on February 18, 2018

The RC Coupe is a nice couple with real good performance. The seats in back are very tight and the car can use some weight reduction, but overall great car. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car i ever had

by Nadia from Westfield,NJ on March 10, 2017

Leased from lexus rt 10. Whippany NJ. Very professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Thank you Frank C, Brett K for everything. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Lexus RC 300 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Lexus RC 300 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RC 300 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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