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2018 Lexus Rc
Select a Different Model (9 Available): 300 AWD Coupe
Fair Market Price $ 43146
MPG (EPA) 18 CTY /24 HWY
Horsepower 260@6400
Torque 236@2000
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2018 Lexus RC MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Good handling in RC F
  • RC F is easy to drive fast
  • Active safety features come standard

You Won't Like

  • Polarizing exterior styling
  • Overly heavy for its size
  • RC 350 F Sport needs better brakes

New for 2018

The 2018 Lexus RC gets a new 10.3-inch screen when equipped with navigation, an updated Lexus Enform telematics system, and a 5 hp bump for V-6-powered models. Lexus Safety System+ is now standard on all variants of the RC.

Vehicle Summary

The 2018 Lexus RC is a compact luxury sports coupe that slots below the larger, more luxurious LC coupe. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. A high-performance variant called the RC F is also offered and comes exclusively in rear-drive configuration.

Overview

Three engines choices are available in the 2018 Lexus RC including a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the RC 300 RWD, a 3.5-liter V-6 with 260 hp and 236 lb-ft in the RC 300 AWD, 311 hp and 277 lb-ft in the RC 350, or a 5.0-liter V-8 with 467 hp and 389 lb-ft in the RC F. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on rear-drive variants of the RC coupe while all-wheel drive models get a six-speed unit. EPA fuel economy ratings are 22/32 mpg city/highway for the RC 300 RWD, 19/26 mpg for the RC 300 AWD and RC 350 AWD, 19/28 mpg for the rear-drive RC 350, and 16/25 mpg for the RC F. Trunk space in the RC coupe is small at 10.4 cubic feet and it's even less in the RC F at 10.1 cubic feet; however, it can be expanded via the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

Standard features include leatherette upholstery, keyless entry/start, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a 10-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, a 7.0-inch screen, and power adjustable front seats. Options include a Mark Levinson premium audio system, navigation with a 10.3-inch screen, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, driver's seat memory, and 19-inch alloy wheels. F Sport models get unique features like sport seats, an F Sport steering wheel, adaptive variable suspension, and an LFA-inspired gauge cluster. The RC F can be had with performance goodies like a torque vectoring rear differential as part of the Performance package, which also adds a carbon fiber roof and rear spoiler.

Safety

The NHTSA and IIHS haven't crash tested the 2018 Lexus RC. A 2017 model, however, earned a Good score on all crash worthiness tests and an Average score on the headlights test from the IIHS (Good is the highest possible score). In the front crash prevention test, the Lexus RC got an Advanced rating after it avoided a 12-mph collision and reduced the impact of a 25-mph one by 8 mph (Superior is the highest score on the front crash prevention test.

Lexus Safety System+ is standard on all 2018 RC coupes and it bundles together automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is available as part of an optional package.

What We Think

In a 2015 First Test, we noted that the RC F offers strong acceleration; however, since the car's platform is built out of parts from three different cars, which means it is surprisingly heavy. Despite its heft, the RC F offers good handling and understeer was easy to correct. Drifting the RC F was also easy thanks to the torque vectoring rear differential. The less powerful RC 350 is just as playful in the corners but because it's so heavy, it felt underpowered despite having over 300 hp. The car's brakes aren't meant for track duty, and will easily overheat if pushed hard. The RC F lost a 2014 comparison test against the BMW M4 because it was deemed too soft for track use and as a whole, the M4 performance better. However, the Lexus sounds great and is much easier to drive at its limit thanks to its stability.

Cool Fact

The Lexus RC's platform is a combinations of bits and pieces taken from the current generation IS and GS sedans, and the previous generation IS Convertible.

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2018 LEXUS RC SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, ECT-i 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (A760H)
Trim
300 AWD Coupe
Class
Premium Sporty/Coupe
Horsepower
260@6400
Standard MPG
18/24
Body Style
Coupe
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail

All Weather Package

INCLUDES: Headlight Cleaners; PTC Heater; Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer
$201 $220

Luxury Package

INCLUDES: [BD] Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert; Driver Seat, Ventilated Heated; Mirror, Automatic Driver; Mirror, Automatic Passenger; Passenger Seat, Ventilated Heated; Perforated Leather Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching; Seat Upholstery, Leather; Steering Wheel, Alloy & Leather Power Tilt/Scope Heated; Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PM] Premium Package; [EA21] Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nuluxe Synthetic Leather; [EA41] Seat Upholstery/Color, Flaxen Nuluxe Synthetic Leather; [EA51] Seat Upholstery/Color, Playa Nuluxe Synthetic Leather; [EA10] Seat Upholstery/Color, Stratus Gray Nuluxe Synthetic Leather
$2484 $2700

Navigation System/Mark Levinson Premium Audio

INCLUDES: [NV] Navigation System
$2508 $2725

Premium Package

INCLUDES: [BD] Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert; Driver Seat, Ventilated Heated; Mirror, Automatic Driver; Mirror, Automatic Passenger; Passenger Seat, Ventilated Heated NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [LL] Luxury Package; [IN] Premium Triple Beam LED Headlamps
$736 $800

Preferred Accessory Package (PIO)

$161 $260

Preferred Accessory Package Z2 (PIO)

$216 $339

Engine: V6 3.5 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, ECT-i 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (A760H)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Silver Lining Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Eminent White Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Nebula Gray Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Atomic Silver

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Obsidian

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Caviar

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Infrared

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

CONTAINED IN: [NV] Navigation System
Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

CONTAINED IN: [NV] Navigation System
Grp Grp

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front

Std Std

Door Entry Light

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

$39 $65

Lexus Enform App Suite, Lexus Enform Destinations®, Lexus Insider™

CONTAINED IN: [NV] Navigation System
Grp Grp

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

CONTAINED IN: [NV] Navigation System
Grp Grp

Navigation System

INCLUDES: Apps Control; Built-In Apps; Lexus Enform App Suite, Lexus Enform Destinations®, Lexus Insider™; MP3/WMA and Dual USB/iPod® Audio Input Plugs; Multi-Function Display Screen, 10.3-Inch; Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info; Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System; Voice Command Casual-Language Voice Recognition System CONTAINED IN: [NL] Navigation System/Mark Levinson Premium Audio
$1513 $1645

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

PTC Heater

CONTAINED IN: [CK] All Weather Package
Pkg Pkg

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Siri Eyes Free, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

CONTAINED IN: [NV] Navigation System
Grp Grp

Voice Command Casual-Language Voice Recognition System

CONTAINED IN: [NV] Navigation System
Grp Grp

Multi-Function Display Screen, 10.3-Inch

CONTAINED IN: [NV] Navigation System
Grp Grp

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch with Mouse

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Front(1)

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.769

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Steering

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 17.4 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive AWD

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Edge Guards (PIO)

$69 $115

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)

$55 $79

Rear Spoiler (PIO)

$280 $399

Moonroof

INCLUDES: Sunroof, Glass Power
$1012 $1100

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [SR] Moonroof
Grp Grp

Window, Rear

Std Std

All-Weather Floor Mats (4-Pc Set) (PIO)

$65 $110

All-Weather Floor Liners (PIO)

$85 $149

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Carpet Trunk Mat (PIO)

$65 $105

Luxury Trim, Wood/Woodgrain On Console And Instrument Panel ; Alloy On Doors; Alloy & Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel, Alloy & Leather Power Tilt/Scope Heated

CONTAINED IN: [LL] Luxury Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Illuminated Door Sills (PIO)

$335 $449

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

LED Lights: Front Fog

CONTAINED IN: [FG] LED Foglamps
Grp Grp

LED Lights: High Beams, Daytime Running Lights, Rear Lights, Brake Lights, Low Beams, Side Indicator

Std Std

LED Lights: High Beams

CONTAINED IN: [IN] Premium Triple Beam LED Headlamps
Grp Grp

LED Lights: Low Beams

CONTAINED IN: [IN] Premium Triple Beam LED Headlamps
Grp Grp

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Mirror, Automatic Driver

CONTAINED IN: [LL] Luxury Package; [PM] Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Automatic Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [LL] Luxury Package; [PM] Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Key Gloves (Gulf)

$7 $10

Warranty Full Service, 12 Months / Other Miles

Std Std

Paint Protection Film By 3M (PIO)

$259 $429

Paint, Mica

Std Std

Premium Paint

$548 $595

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 8

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert

INCLUDES: Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Monitor; Rear Cross-Traffic Alert CONTAINED IN: [LL] Luxury Package; [PM] Premium Package
$552 $600

Collision Warning System, Lexus Safety System+

Std Std

LED Foglamps

INCLUDES: Front Fog Lights; LED Lights: Front Fog
$376 $410

Front Fog Lights

CONTAINED IN: [FG] LED Foglamps
Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Cleaners

CONTAINED IN: [CK] All Weather Package
Pkg Pkg

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, LED

CONTAINED IN: [IN] Premium Triple Beam LED Headlamps
Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Premium Triple Beam LED Headlamps

INCLUDES: Headlights, LED; LED Lights: High Beams; LED Lights: Low Beams NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PM] Premium Package
$1067 $1160

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Monitor

CONTAINED IN: [BD] Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Grp Grp

Intuitive Parking Assist

$460 $500

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)

Std Std

Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer

CONTAINED IN: [CK] All Weather Package
Pkg Pkg

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor

CONTAINED IN: [LL] Luxury Package
Pkg Pkg

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

CONTAINED IN: [BD] Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Grp Grp

Driver Seat, 10-Way Power Heated Sports; Passenger Seat, 8-Way Power Heated Sports

Std Std

Driver Seat, Ventilated Heated

CONTAINED IN: [LL] Luxury Package; [PM] Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Easy Entry

Std Std

Passenger Seat, Ventilated Heated

CONTAINED IN: [LL] Luxury Package; [PM] Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Perforated Leather Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching

CONTAINED IN: [LL] Luxury Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

CONTAINED IN: [LL] Luxury Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Synthetic Leather

Std Std

Seating, 4

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Stratus Gray Nuluxe Synthetic Leather

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [LL] Luxury Package
N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Flaxen Nuluxe Synthetic Leather

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [LL] Luxury Package
N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Playa Nuluxe Synthetic Leather

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [LL] Luxury Package
N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Stratus Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Flaxen Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Playa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nuluxe Synthetic Leather

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [LL] Luxury Package
N/C N/C

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Screen

Std Std

MP3/WMA and Dual USB/iPod® Audio Input Plugs

CONTAINED IN: [NV] Navigation System
Grp Grp

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Ten Speakers Subwoofer and Surround Sound

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Wishbone/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P235/40VR18 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Aluminum Alloy

$607 $660

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std

Alloy Wheel Locks (PIO)

$50 $80
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
12
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
10000
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated