The Lexus RC 350 has a luxury interior, complete with some interesting trim options — including one that looks like marble — and some bold interior color options, like Rioja Red.
Note that the F Sport treatment changes the tires from all-seasons to summer tires. The F Sport Package blows it out with an aggressive front end that’s almost indistinguishable from the RC F model. The Lexus RC 350 reviewed here is the foundation for all RC variants; the top of the line is the RC F, which is, At the base price, the RC 350 competes with the likes of the Audi A5, BMW 428i and Cadillac ATS 2.0T, but its standard 306-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is more aligned with the Audi S5 (333 hp), BMW 435i (300 hp) and ATS 3.6L (321 hp). All-wheel-drive versions add heated front seats standard. With the GS F, RC F, LC 500 and our highest expression of performance, the RC F Fuji Speedway Edition. Joe Wiesenfelder, 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. Lexus did an amazing job building this vehicle. Options shown. The Lexus creams the others in front legroom by about 3 to 4 inches. And with the addition of the new RC F Track Edition that touts a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio * and seamlessly accelerates from 0–60 mph in a mere 3.96 seconds, * it brings you closer to the raceway than ever.. I’d need more time in the car to be sure, but the steering feel with VGRS wasn’t bad. The Lexus F marque represents the high-performance division of cars produced by Lexus. But we found fault, too, partly due to inconsistency among the materials. Value in Its Class In its base form, the Lexus RC 350 is reasonably well equipped, with standard features such as LED headlights, keyless access with push-button start, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink universal remote control. Just as important, the RC 350 has folding rear seats — a feature sacrificed in the RC F. The Audi, BMW and Caddy all have folding seats standard. Options shown. The Lexus IS F debuted to the public at the North American International Auto Show on 8 January 2007.
Absent my preferred touch-screen, I like the idea of random access — the ability to move a pointer to an onscreen button or keyboard selection rather than scrolling through menus with a rotary knob, like the German brands require. Decent automatic modes are a necessity with an eight-speed automatic, as having eight gears proves tedious when shifting manually. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations. Options shown. The upholstered gauge hood is nice, but there’s a lot of rubbery stuff on the dash, as well as on the window sills, where you’d prefer padding on which to rest your arm. On the street, the Lexus RC 350 F Sport has a sporty feel even in normal driving — something many Lexus’ have lacked. To add more, remove at least one or narrow your list. They deliver intensity with elegance. Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. Lexus IS350 F sport vs BMW 330i First thing first, the German rival has kept itself priced competitively in the segment. We’ve found the touchpad interface even harder to use in a firm-riding car like the RC 350 F Sport (and especially the RC F). To ensure your experience on lexus.com is as exceptional as our vehicles, we no longer support safari® 8 and older. How It Drives Right away, astute drivers will recognize the RC’s rigid structure, which characteristically lends a feeling of quality and improved handling. See the base models side by side here. 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. 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. The F Sport Package version puts the Lexus RC 350 on the most equal ground with the latter group. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing.
Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties.
A powerful V10 paired with an Automated Sequential Gearbox produced upshifts in just 200 milliseconds—breaking the lap record at Nürburgring for a production car on noncompetition tires. More low-end torque could help it feel quicker off the line. SEE HOW LEXUS VEHICLES MATCH UP AGAINST THE COMPETITION. Previous model year shown. The best version is undoubtedly the base RC 350 with the F Sport option package. Real leather sometimes comes on higher trim levels, like the ATS 3.6L, but usually it’s optional, as it is in the RC 350’s Luxury Package — which costs almost $3,000.