2018 Lexus RC 300

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Lexus RC 300. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Good visibility for a coupe
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Adaptive suspension
  • F Sport gauges
  • Base multimedia system
  • Ride quality without F Sport Package

The Bad

  • Inconsistent interior quality
  • Snug backseat
  • Navigation system's touchpad interface
  • F Sport ride quality
  • Lack of cabin storage

Notable Features of the 2018 Lexus RC 300

  • Active safety features now standard
  • Wi-Fi hot spot connectivity
  • Four-seat coupe
  • 241-hp, turbo four-cylinder engine (RC 300)
  • 260-hp V-6 (RC 300)
  • 311-hp V-6 (RC 350)

2018 Lexus RC 300 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: This aggressively styled four-seat coupe comes with a choice of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with either rear- or all-wheel drive. It’s another step in Lexus' ongoing effort to attract younger buyers, and it also comes in performance-oriented F Sport form. 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 2018

Forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning with steering assist, and adaptive cruise control are standard. Last year’s RC 200t is now called the RC 300 and retains a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. V-6 versions gain 5 horsepower; the all-wheel-drive RC 300 is now rated at 260 hp, and the RC 350's V-6 makes 311 hp. The optional navigation screen grows to 10.3 inches. Enform safety and service features are now provided free for 10 years instead of one, and a one-year/4-gigabyte trial of the Enform Wi-Fi hot spot is included.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(3.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Lexus knows how to build a car

by Lexusguy from Columbus Ohio on June 17, 2018

The car is amazing. Feels Ike you are in the cockpit of a spaceship but with the luxury of a private jet. Although it is a sports car it as just as much a luxury vehicle Read full review

(5.0)

its great

by phil from emporia,virgina on June 5, 2018

make more Lexus cars like this, they're comfortable and soothing. I would like to recommend this car to my friends and family. The gas tank is a reliable size and doesn't need much gas. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Lexus RC 300 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Lexus RC 300 Base

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
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 - Passenger 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

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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker