2016 Lexus RC 300

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$42,610

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2016 Lexus RC 300
2016 Lexus RC 300

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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)

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Exceptional vehicle inside and out.

Bought my 2016 RC300 with 19K miles. Love the styling inside and out. Has every option you could ever want, and then some. I get compliments on it almost daily. It makes me happy every time I drive it. What more could you want.

4.9

Love This Car

Have owned my 2016 RC 300 for almost a year and absolutely love it. Bought used 1 owner with 44,000 miles on it, and haven’t had a single issue. I do continue to take it to a Lexus dealership for regular maintenance, which has only been twice. Once for an overall check before purchase, and another for routine 50,000 mile maintenance and oil change. Constantly get compliments on this car and will keep it forever. The body style will always look great no matter how trends change which is another reason I will keep it for life.

5.0

Fun car

Next to my 1995 Miata, this is the the next most fun car I’ve owned. But it’s a far better, more reliable, more substantial vehicle. Very fun, I wouldn’t want to drive ANYTHING else right now.

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