2021 Lexus RC 300

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2021 Lexus RC 300
2021 Lexus RC 300

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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The good:

  • Good visibility for a coupe
  • Front-seat comfort
  • V-8 sound (RC F)
  • Driftable rear (RC F)

The bad:

  • Inconsistent interior quality
  • Snug backseat
  • Touchpad interface
  • Lack of cabin storage

2 trims

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Our 2021 Lexus RC 300 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Blind spot warning now standard
  • Four-seat coupe
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity
  • Wi-Fi hot spot connectivity
  • High-performance RC F available

2021 Lexus RC 300 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Lexus RC?

The Lexus RC is a luxury sports coupe that seats four. There are three engine choices: The rear-wheel-drive RC 300 uses a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the all-wheel-drive RC 300 is powered by a 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Rear- and all-wheel-drive versions of the RC 350, meanwhile, get a 311-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Rear-wheel-drive versions use an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models have a six-speed automatic. The RC competes with the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series

Lexus also sells the high-performance rear-wheel-drive RC F, which is powered by a 472-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 that works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

What’s New on the 2021 Lexus RC?

Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is now standard. A new Black Line Special Edition based on the F Sport trim features triple-beam LED headlights, 19-inch black-chrome wheels, darkened exhaust tips, a black interior with silver-colored stitching, ash wood trim and a two-piece Zero Halliburton luggage set. Just 350 will be produced. 

Rarer still is the new RC F Fuji Speedway Edition that’s limited to 60 units. It features Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, a titanium exhaust system, carbon fiber aerodynamic elements and red leather-trimmed seats with Alcantara simulated-suede trim. A limited-production MSTR watch with design cues inspired by the car is also included.  

What Features in the 2021 Lexus RC Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone air conditioning
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • 60/40-split, folding backseat
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning with steering assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Available features include:

  • Power moonroof 
  • Heated steering wheel 
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Navigation 
  • Mark Levinson premium audio

Should I Buy the 2021 Lexus RC?

Good visibility and a roomy front cabin are highlights of the RC, but like a lot of coupes, the backseat is snug. We’re also not fans of Lexus’ touchpad-based multimedia interface.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Maintenance
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance

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