2021 Lexus RC 350

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$45,150

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2021 Lexus RC 350
2021 Lexus RC 350

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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 350 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 350 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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

I’m in love with my RC 350 F Sport

I just recently leased a 2021 RC 350 F Sport Black Line Edition and I find it to be an amazing car. I’ve now owned it for a month. The car is really beautiful both inside and out. It’s quiet, unless you’re pounding the throttle, which sounds fantastic. It’s very well-built, the interior is extremely bespoke with rich materials (this was very important to me). Performance is perfectly fine for me, but I have the V6. It moves quickly and will do what you want it to do, but it’s not the most powerful car I’ve ever driven. I say this in comparison the the RC 200T that I traded since that had the base four cylinder and really lacked power off the line where the V6 does not. Still, it’s not as quick as you’d expect, but it’ll do you just fine for daily driving. Mine is fully loaded with all options. I find it roomy enough for me, but the rear seat is horribly tight. The trunk is fine and I’d say spacious enough. Only one thing bothers me about this car, and it’s not the notorious infotainment system which doesn’t bother me at all—it’s the fuel economy. The car has some of the worst economy of any vehicle I’ve ever owned. I’ve owned Buick’s, both V8 and V6, that got far higher MPGs. It doesn’t help that the gas tank is small and the engine requires premium fuel. Outside of that, the car looks stunning, feels very rich, and is surprisingly satisfying to drive. I look forward to every day I’m able to get behind the wheel of it. I would recommend without reservation if MPGs are not a concern for you and if price is not an object—the car (fully loaded) is not cheap, and hardly a bargain—but still worth it.

5.0

Great car

This vehicle is all that I expected.Great style. The performance is at a level that you would expect.Comfortable ride that feels good. Overall this car will not disappoint.

4.9

A Luxury Ride In a Sport Car

If you want a pure sports car, don't buy this. If you want the handling of a sports car a great kick in acceleration, super comfortable in a luxury ride then this is the car for you. I love the look of the car has all the lines of a sports car and the interior is all luxury with all the bells and whistles of a high end brand. Then when you drive it you won't feel every bump in the road like a BMW or a Lamborghini but more of a pillow ride. The sport setting puts you in full sports car transmission, you can feel it shift into muscle when you choose that. I LOVE to drive this car.

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