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2017 Lexus RC 300

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4 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(3.7) 3 reviews

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
2017 Lexus RC 300 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Lexus RC 300
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine (RC 200t)
  • 255-hp V-6 (RC 300)
  • 306-hp V-6 (RC 350)
  • Rear- or all-wheel-drive four-seat coupe
  • High-performance V-8-powered RC F available
  • Adaptive suspension available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

What it is: 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. It was another step in Lexus' ongoing effort to attract younger buyers. The various versions of the RC compete with the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Cadillac ATS. The high-performance V-8-powered RC F is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2017
The base grille has a new black finish and the rear-drive RC 350 now uses Yamaha performance shocks. Triple-beam LED headlights are now available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (RC 200t)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • LED headlights and running lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Automatic climate control
  • Tilt and 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 trial subscription
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (RC 300)
  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (RC 350)
  • 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
  • Preco...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: 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. It was another step in Lexus' ongoing effort to attract younger buyers. The various versions of the RC compete with the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Cadillac ATS. The high-performance V-8-powered RC F is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2017
The base grille has a new black finish and the rear-drive RC 350 now uses Yamaha performance shocks. Triple-beam LED headlights are now available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 241-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (RC 200t)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • LED headlights and running lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Automatic climate control
  • Tilt and 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 trial subscription
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (RC 300)
  • 306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (RC 350)
  • 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
  • Power moonroof
  • Adaptive suspension

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.7
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(3.3)
(5.0)

Nice car maybe not worth 49000. Maybe 45000

by Leemon from Ct on October 9, 2017

Nice car again price maybe 5000 less. I would pay 47000 and no more. I would only recommend the f sport don’t waste your time with base. Comfort is in the suspension. Exterior lights nice feature. ... Read full review

(4.0)

Sports car for an old man

by 2011Mustang from Omaha Ne. on July 19, 2017

I am fast becoming a fan of Lexus cars. The car handled well and responded to the commands immediately. It would be comfortable on long trips as well in the city. Has the style of cars costing twice ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Lexus RC 300 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Lexus RC 300 Base

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

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 - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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