Buyer's Guide

2022 Lexus Rc
Select a Different Model (10 Available): 300 AWD Coupe
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 26 mpg
Horsepower 260@6,600
Torque 236@2,000
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2022 Lexus RC MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Great ride and handling balance
  • Excellent long-term value
  • Generous standard active safety tech

Cons

  • Divisive styling
  • Frustrating trackpad infotainment
  • Unimpressive fuel economy

The RC is Lexus' entry in the shrinking compact luxury coupe segment, competing against other luxury two-doors like the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5, and Infiniti Q60. Lexus introduced the RC back in 2015 as a stylish two-door alternative to the compact IS. Last year, the RC gained a few standard driver assist features, and for 2022, the coupe once again sees minor updates.

What's New

  • RC F Carbon package now includes 19-inch matte black wheels, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated leather seats, power tilt and telescopic steering, and Park Assist
  • RC F Fuji Speedway Edition now comes in one configuration: Electric Surge blue paint with Black Alcantara interior

What We Think

Even if it isn't the quickest or most modern vehicle in its segment, the RC delivers on style. Lexus has endowed its sport coupe with design that looks fast sitting still, and the RC's huge spindle grille will be a talking point at any car meet. 

The RC drives pretty sweetly, too. Lexus built a coupe that's significantly heavier than its competition, but it works as a mini ground tourer that provides a sensible balance of sport and comfort. Those looking for more performance will be pleased with the RC F's thunderous naturally aspirated V-8 and tail-happy antics.

The interior feels high-quality but not as intricate or interesting as the design of the sheetmetal. Standard equipment is generous, and the cabin will feel spacious as long as you never use the back seat, but the RC is one of the Lexus models still stuck with the maddening trackpad infotainment controller. That said, as long as you dig the styling and don't mind that the rest of the competitive set has been redesigned more recently, the RC could be a good pick.

Performance and Efficiency

Lexus offers four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engine options under the hood of its small coupe. Pay attention, though, because despite sharing a name, the RWD and AWD versions of the RC300 feature very different engines.

Lexus RC 300 RWD

  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-four
  • Horsepower/Torque: 241 hp/258 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 21/31 mpg
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.3 seconds (mfr est)

Lexus RC 300 AWD

  • Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
  • Horsepower/Torque: 260 hp/236 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 19/26 mpg
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 6.3 seconds (mfr est)

Lexus RC 350 RWD/AWD

  • Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
  • Horsepower/Torque: 311 hp/280 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 19-20/26-28 mpg
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.8-6.0 seconds (mfr est)

Lexus RC F

  • Engine: 5.0-liter V-8
  • Horsepower/Torque: 472 hp/395 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 16/24 mpg
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.3 seconds

Safety Ratings and Features

When the 2021 Lexus RC was evaluated by the IIHS, it earned top safety ratings in all six crashworthiness tests and the highest possible Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. The RC has not been tested by the NHTSA.

In terms of driver assist active safety features, Lexus includes all its available content on every RC. That means adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beams, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are all standard.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Interior space is not the RC's strong suit. Although front legroom bests that of the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 coupes, rear legroom is by far the smallest of the three. The RC has the tightest trunk, too.

Legroom (front/rear) Cargo Space
2022 Lexus RC 45.4/27.3 inches 10.4 cubic feet
2022 BMW 4 Series 41.8/34.5 inches 12.0 cubic feet
2022 Audi A5 41.3/33.1 inches 10.9 cubic feet

Technology

Entry-level RCs work with a 7.0-inch trackpad-controlled infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, plus Amazon Alexa integration. A 10.3-inch display with integrated navigation is available. Although 10-speaker audio is standard, audiophiles can upgrade to a 17-speaker Mark Levinson system.

Does Lexus Build Any Other Coupes?

If you're after a slinky two-door Lexus but the RC is too pedestrian, your dealer should have another option. Lexus introduced its range-topping coupe, the LC, back in 2018. With its standard naturally aspirated V-8, knockout styling, and stunning interior details, this flagship Lexus is a clear class above its smaller sibling.

Recommended Trim

We've had positive experiences with the RC 350 F Sport, which is the most performance-focused variant other than the RC F. In this guise, the RC does a convincing impression of a miniature grand touring car; it's comfortable and luxurious but willing to come alive if you find yourself on a twisty mountain road. Plus, the RC 350 F Sport RWD gets an Excellent IntelliChoice overall value rating.

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2022 LEXUS RC SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
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@6,600
Standard MPG
19/26
Body Style
Coupe
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$1000 Lexus announces a College Graduate Reward Program on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2022
$1000 Lexus announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible Military personnel. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2022
$1000 Lexus announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022