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2016 Lexus RC 350

$31,236 — $42,052 USED
Coupe
4 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.7) 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
2016 Lexus RC 350 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Lexus RC 350
  • 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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)

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(5.0)

Lexus makes very reliable cars.

by David from San Jose on July 4, 2018

I bought this car for my wife. Due to my lower back pain, I don?t like sport or small cars. Drove 300 miles home from the dealer and it was great. Car is comfortable. Looks and feels like sport car ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fun Car

by Phx43Central from Phoenix, AZ on September 19, 2017

I bought the RC350 in Nov 2016. I have the infrared red exterior with the beige interior. Everywhere I go people comment on my vehicle. I love how I can drive in Lexus comfort in Normal mode on the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Lexus RC 350 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Lexus RC 350 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 - 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
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 350 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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