2017 Lexus RC 200t

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2017 MODEL

9.5

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2017 Lexus RC200t Coupe, in the typical Lexus fashion, prioritizes lavish luxury over blazing performance. The luxury sports coupe is not only comfortable and stylish but also fuel efficient. However, RC 200t suffers from several issues, including a dated infotainment interface and inadequate cargo space.

The 2017 incarnation of the RC 200t flaunts a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It is rated for generating 241 horsepower along with 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The typical luxury sports coupe is available only with a rear-wheel-drive system. For gear-shifting, the Lexus RC 200t Coupe comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode.

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Pros

Adaptive suspension

Reasonably priced

Excellent cabin and interior craftsmanship

Great combined fuel economy

League-leading front legroom

Precise steering

Smooth, comfortable ride

Cons

Accelerator lag

Infuriating infotainment interface

Missing manual transmission and all-wheel drive

Least-in-league backseat space

Rivals offer a better performance

Unpleasant brake-pedal feel

What's New?

Remains unchanged for the 2017 year



Styles

 2017 Lexus RC 200t in Atomic Silver color  2017 Lexus RC 200t in Eminent White Pearl color  2017 Lexus RC 200t in Infrared color  2017 Lexus RC 200t in Nebula Gray Pearl color  2017 Lexus RC 200t in Silver Lining Metallic color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Engine

9.0

Interior

10

9.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Lexus RC 200t Base

Base

power
241 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
26 combined

$40,155


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $40,155 MSRP (22/26/32) 241 hp @ 5800 rpm2I4premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

9.5

Overall Rating


9.0/10
Engine

 

10/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Audi A5 Coupe, BMW 430i xDrive and Mercedes-Benz C300 are primary rivals to the Lexus RC 200t. Unfortunately for the RC 200t, its competitors offer a better all-around performance. Nonetheless, Lexus RC 200t offers better front seats, lavish cabin, and superb safety features, just as one would expect from a Lexus car.

2017 Lexus RC 200t Engine

9.0/10
“Under normal driving, the eight-speed auto is fine, but using the paddles is pretty much pointless. It’s more a suggestion to shift. In sport mode, it’s all a little bit better; it keeps the revs higher, hangs in gear longer. But the way the car feels, it needs to be faster.”- Autoweek

Engine and Transmission

A 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine is coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode in the RC 200t. The capable engine generates 241 hp of power in addition to 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is delivered to the wheels via the rear-wheel-drive system. The C300 Coupe offers an identical engine power, i.e. 241 hp, while Audi A5 lags behind with 220 horsepower. Nonetheless, BMW 430i xDrive Coupe leads the pack with a rated engine power of 248 hp.

Models

Lexus RC 200t

Audi A5 Coupe Sport Manual

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

MSRP

$40,155

$41,150

$43,950

$42,650

Engine

2.0L 4 cyl

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-speed manual

8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with automatic Sport and Manual shift modes and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters

7-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

241 hp

220 hp

248hp

241hp

Torque

258 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

258 lb.-ft.

273 lb.-ft

In terms of torque, RC 200t, Audi A5, and BMW 430i are all alike with a rating of 258 lb.-ft. But, it is the Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe that leads the league with a total torque of 273 lb.-ft. Like the 2017 Lexus RC 200t, BMW 430i xDrive flaunts an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Transmission modes available to C300 Coupe and Audi A5 Coupe are 7-speed automatic and 6-speed manual, in the respective order.

Acceleration

The RC 200t Coupe offers the least attractive 0 to 60 MPH acceleration in its league. The ride requires 5.9 seconds for hitting 60 MPH. This is identical to the Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe. BMW 430i xDrive is better with a requirement of 5.5 seconds. However, it is the Audi A5 Coupe that bests all class rivals with 4.5 seconds as a time requirement for shooting to 60 MPH.

Models

Lexus RC 200t

Audi A5 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.5 sec

5.5 sec

5.9 sec 

Quarter mile

15.1 sec

NA

13.5 sec

14.3 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

NA

6.8

6.5

7.1

Lexus RC 200t Coupe requires the most time in covering a quarter-mile, 15.1 seconds. The time required for doing the same by C300 4Matic and BMW 430i xDrive is 14.3 and 13.5 seconds, respectively.

Ride and Handling

For a luxury sports coupe, the 2017 Lexus RC 200t has an underwhelming acceleration. Furthermore, the ride doesn’t offer a rewarding experience while riding it around turns. Though the braking pedal is powerful and offers an excellent response, it might feel a bit irritating at times. The ride, however, flaunts one of the quietest and sound-proof cabins in the segment.

Handling is good but not great while steering doesn’t impress around corners. Even though the unimpressive handling and steering characteristics, the Coupe is super-easy to drive. This is true until you want to put on the turbo mode. Whether its city driving or cruising on the highway, comfort is always at your side.

Braking

The brakes are responsive at all times. Though the sports luxury coupe comes to a complete halt in 120 feet, it is impressive considering the bulkiness. RC 200t comes with a 13.2-inch front brake and a smaller 12.2-inch rear brake and weighs 3737 lbs.

Model

Lexus RC 200t

Audi A5 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

Brake Front (in.)

13.2

12.6

13.4

13

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

11.8

13

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3737

3483

3,740

3,594

60-0 MPH (ft.)

NA

NA

123

109

In the fraternity, BMW 430i xDrive offers the biggest brakes, 13.4-inch in the front and 13-inch in the rear. Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic has the most powerful braking power in the league. The ride comes to a complete halt at a distance of 109 feet when decelerated continuously from 60 MPH.

2017 Lexus RC 200t Interior

10/10
“On the interior, the RC 200t has low, supportive bucket seats that feature extra stitching with the F Sport package. The car technically has rear seats, but anyone other than a small child won’t be comfortable there for very long. The rear seats do split and fold, which is helpful, because trunk space is tight at 10.4 cubic feet. That’s enough room for some golf clubs, but not much else.”- cargurus

Seating and Comfort

The RC 200t has excellent front seats, both in terms of utility and space. The ride offers 39 inches of headroom and 45.4 inches of legroom in the front. The legroom is the best that one can get in the competition. BMW 430i xDrive Coupe, nonetheless, offers the best front headroom of 39.8 inches in the segment.

Model

Lexus RC 200t

Audi A5 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/54.7/45.4

39.1/54.3/41.3

39.8/54.8/42.2

37.1/NA/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

34.8/27.3/50.8

36.0/52.8/31.7

37.2/54.3/33.7

37.1/NA/35.2

Like its rivals, the RC 200t has a disappointing rear seat. However, it is worst in the competition. The ride offers a meager 34.8 inches of rear headroom and an unbelievably miniature 27.3 inches of rear legroom. While BMW 430i xDrive offers the most rear headroom of 37.2 inches, it is the C300 4Matic that offers the maximum rear legroom of 35.2 inches.

Infotainment System

Lexus’s proprietary Enform infotainment system finds its way in the Lexus RC 200t Coupe. Truth to be told, Enform lags way behind its contemporaries. The controls are clunky and it lacks integration support with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Furthermore, response time and USB performance are unimpressive.

A 7-inch infotainment display is available. Thankfully, the infotainment system is easy to learn and the display screen offers hi-res, crisp graphics. Connectivity support via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Hotspot, and 2 USB ports are available. Though an optional console-mounted touchpad controller is available, it is best to let it slip due to its infuriating imprecision.

Interior Features

The 2017 iteration of the RC 200t is lavish and well-build on the inside. It has one of the most luxuriously silent cabins in the segment. Major interior feats flaunted by the 2017 RC 200t includes:

  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • A tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats [Optional]
  • Power front seats
  • Premium vinyl upholstery

Cargo Capacity

There are no cubbies and nooks available in the RC 200t Coupe. Moreover, the bucket cup holders are shallow and the center bin is small. The door pockets are hard to reach and the glovebox is only adequate at best.

Model

Lexus RC 200t

Audi A5 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

NA

12.2

17

12.6

Thr coupe has the least-in-league trunk volume of 10.4 cubic feet. Nonetheless, this space can be expanded by means of the 60/40-split fold-down rear seat feature.

2017 Lexus RC 200t Features

The 2017 avatar of the Lexus RC 200t is available only in a single trim. Pricing options for the ride start from $40,155. As a matter of fact, RC 200t is the base model of the RC lineup. Other supercharged models in the lineup include RC 300 and RC 350. Other than the engine power, standard features are almost the same across all RC models.

Trim

Lexus RC200t

MSRP

$40,155

Key

Features

18-inch wheels, LED headlights, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, power front seats, premium vinyl upholstery and a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch center display, voice controls and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio

To further make the deal lucrative, 2017 RC 200t comes with a galore of packages. The Premium package adds auto-dimming side mirrors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert among other features. All Premium package features are included in the Luxury package plus automatic wipers, driver-seat memory setting, and more. Other available packages are All-Weather, F Sport, Navigation, and The Navigation/Mark Levinson.

We Recommend

There are no further trims available for the Lexus RC 200t Coupe. However, it’s recommended to opt for the F Sport package. Other than bringing some sporty touches to the ride, the package adds upgraded brakes and adaptive suspension. This will further intensify the RC 200t’s handling capability and ride quality.

2017 Lexus RC 200t Fuel Economy

The Lexus RC 200t offers an impressive combined fuel economy of 26 mpg. This puts the luxury sports coupe in the same league as that of the Audi A5 and the BMW 430i xDrive. In cities, the RC 200t delivers 22 mpg and on highways, it boosts the mileage offering to 32 mpg.

Model

Lexus RC 200t

Audi A5 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

MPG (city)

22

23

23

24

MPG (highway)

32

32

33

31

MPG (combined)

26

26

26

27

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe offers the best-combined fuel economy of 27 mpg in the segment. It offers the best city mileage of 24 mpg, however, beats out to 430i xDrive for highways mileage, as the ride offers 33 mpg.

2017 Lexus RC 200t Exterior

“Appearance is subjective, but for the most part, the other cars at the low end of the premium-coupe segment lack the extroverted flair of the RC with its gaping spindle grille, checkmark lighting graphics, and aggressively textured and layered bumpers.”- CarandDriver

Dimension and Weight

2017 Lexus RC200t is merely 0.2-inch shorter than the C300 4Matic, which flaunts the most length in the league. Length, width, and height supported by the 2017 Lexus RC200t Coupe are 184.3, 72.4, and 54.9 inches, respectively. RC 200t bests both BMW 430i and Audi A5 in terms of height. C300 4Matic has the most height of 56.8 inches in the segment.

Model

Lexus RC 200t

Audi A5 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

3737

3483

3,740

3594

Length(in)

184.3

182.1

182.5

184.5

Width(in)

72.4

73.0

71.9

71.3

Height(in)

54.9

54

54.6

56.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

NA

5.1

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

107.5

108.3

110.6

111.8

Track width (in) F/R

62.6/62.1

60.8/62.8

61.5/60.9

Lexus RC 200t flaunts an impressive ground clearance of 5.3 inches. This is more than 5.1 inches boasted by both BMW 430i xDrive and the C300 4Matic Coupe. The RC 200t has the least wheelbase of 107.5 inches among its class rivals. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe has the most wheelbase of 111.8 inches in the competition.

Exterior Features
The 2017 avatar of the Lexus RC 200t looks great on the outside. The low, wide frame imparts an ideal coupe look with the bottom rocker panels flaring out elegantly. On the outside, the RC 200t boasts:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Auto-dimming mirrors and automatic wipers [Optional]
  • Elegant black-finish grille
  • Heated side mirrors
  • LED headlights and running lights
  • Power moonroof [Optional]

2017 Lexus RC 200t Safety

2017 Lexus RC200t Coupe isn’t rated either by the IIHS or the NHTSA. Nonetheless, safety has always been a strong point for Lexus. This holds true for the 2017 Lexus RC 200t too. In addition to the mandatory ESC, ABS, and multiple airbags, RC 200t comes with the Lexus Enform Safety Connect feature.

Collision notification, roadside assistance, and a stolen vehicle locator collectively form the Lexus Enform Safety Connect. There are several optional safety and reliability features available with the 2017 Lexus RC 200t too. This includes a rear cross-traffic alert and a forward collision mitigation system.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beam
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

2017 Lexus RC 200t Competition

Lexus RC200t VS Audi A5 Coupe Sport Manual

A 2.0L Turbocharged engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission mode in the Audi A5 Coupe. The engine produces 220 horsepower along with generating 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Priced at $41,150, A5 Coupe Sport Manual is able to accelerate to 60 MPH in 4-and-a-half seconds.

Audi A5 Coupe Sport Manual is the lightest ride in the league with a curb weight of 3483 lbs. Luxurious on the inside, the ride offers an excellent combined fuel economy of 26 mpg. Though lavish on the inside, the seating is least spacious than what most of the class rivals have to offer.

Lexus RC200t VS BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Pricing options for the BMW 430i xDrive Coupe start from $43,950. The ride is powered by an intercooled 2.0L Turbo engine. It generates 248 horsepower, maximum among the class rivals, and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Gear-shifting is made possible by an 8-speed automatic transmission.

430i xDrive Coupe shoots to 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds. With a curb weight of 3740 lbs., BMW 430i xDrive Coupe is the bulkiest ride in the competition. The ride offers an excellent combined fuel economy of 26 mpg and trunk space of 17 cubic feet.

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

With 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic is yet another luxurious coupe. The ride packs an intercooled 2.0L Turbo engine, same as that available in the BMW 430i xDrive Coupe. It is paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission mode.

For reaching 60 MPH from nothing, C300 4Matic Coupe requires 5.9 seconds. This is same as that required by the 2017 Lexus RC 200t. The ride has an excellent braking power, which allows it to come to a complete halt in just 109 feet. C300 leads the pack with a mileage of 27 mpg.

2017 Lexus RC 200t Final Verdict

For those looking for a stylish and comfortable luxury coupe, 2017 Lexus 200t is just the right option. However, for those seeking a fast-paced driving experience, this isn’t the ride to go for. RC 200t falls, terribly, short in offering a versatile experience, as most of its class rivals do.

Despite its shortcomings, this Coupe is an excellent way to drive in style. Furthermore, the ride offers a great combined fuel economy that makes it an opportune option for commuting.