2019 Lexus RC 300

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2019 MODEL
$41,145 - $50,035 See Inventory Prices

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Lexus kick starts the RC line up with the 300, it’s the most basic coupe you will see in Lexus’s arsenal. The Japanese brand coddles its buyers with uber built quality and suffice power. You get two engine options but neither of them brings this coupe in the sporty territory. The RC remains a highway cruiser though it won't offer the comfort level that a 40 grand car should. The rear seats don’t make sense for an adult at all, in fact, the most concrete thing the RC renders is its astonishing design.


Starting at the base price of $41,145 the 2019 Lexus RC is offered in two drivetrain options. The Rear wheel drive employs a 2.0L Inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission while the All-wheel-drive uses a V6 engine to go the heavy lifting. The base engine drills out 241 horsepower and 258-pound feet of torque. The V6 engine amplifies the power to 260 horsepower and 236-pound-feet of torque.

2019 Lexus RC 300 Features

Lexus know how to make an impression with its entry-level cars and the Lexus RC is everything that the brand stands for. The design is glitzy but not that hyperbole like on the LC and RC F, which makes it more approachable and open. The RC is offered in two trims and two drive train options, also there is a choice of engine for both trims. The base RC employs decent fills of standard safety features while the F sport brings more sugar and spice with aggressive handling instincts in the form of adaptive suspension, sports seats, and heated and ventilated seats.

Trims

Base

F Sport

MSRP

$ 41,145

$ 47,860

AWD

$ 43,835

$ 50,035

Features

18-inch wheels

19-inch wheels

 

Apple CarPlay

Adaptive sport-tuned suspension dampers

 

Forward collision warning and mitigation

Perforated-leather upholstery and trim

 

Lexus Enform communication and remote services

Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

 

Adaptive cruise control

Driver-seat memory settings and a special instrument cluster

 

Lane departure warning

Navigation and Premium packages (see below)

 

10-speaker sound system with satellite radio

Sport front seats with heating and ventilation

 

60/40-split folding rear seat

 
 

Simulated leather upholstery

 
 

Power-adjustable front seats

Heated seats (AWD models only)

 
 

7-inch display

 
 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 
 

Keyless entry and ignition

 
 

LED headlights

 

We Recommend

The F Sport package will make you ride sportier, at least that's what Lexus things. THough it does not have any impact on the ride quality. We would recommend you to pair the base RC with Premium package.

2019 Lexus RC 300 Engine

“Though far from thrilling, the RC provides satisfactory performance. It's a touch slower than most luxury coupes, but summer tires make for quick handling and short, consistent stops. The steering is pleasing, too. Just forget about the F Sport designation — the only significant addition it brings are the seats”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Previously knowns as the RC 200, Lexus RC 300 opens up a menu of choices when it comes to power trains. There are two engine options, the base engine which comes with a 2.0L Turbo Premium Unleaded engine, you can also go for the bigger muscle that is the optional 3.5 L V6 engine, both ways power is routed through a monochromic 8-speed automatic transmission. To further diversify and restrict your options Lexus clubbed the V6 engine with All-wheel-drive, hence you cannot have all four wheels rolling on the Turbo Inline-4.

The base inline-4 hammers out a prompt 241 horsepower and 258-pound-feet of torque while the V6 adds a 19 horsepower bump to produce 260 horsepower and 236-pound-feet of torque.

As for the power delivery the accelerator is bound by your wishes though make sure not to ask much of it. The RC is particularly a cruiser as its heavier and slower than the rest of the big sharks. Other aspects of the Lexus are serviceable and does not interfere with the tuneful driving experience. However, go for the V6 engine, if you seek some jolting spikes of adrenaline.

Models

Lexus RC 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

MSRP

$41,145

$38,195

$43,800

$34,900

$44,200

$44,800

$46,235

Engine

2.0L
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automatic transmission

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

7-Speed automatic S tronic Dual-Clutch

8 Speed automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

241 hp @ 5800 rpm

280 hp @ 5200 rpm

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

252 hp @ 6,200 rpm

252 [email protected] 5000rpm

248 [email protected] 5200rpm

247 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

258 @ 1650 rpm

306 lb.-ft. @ 2000-4800 rpm

273 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1,400-4,000 rpm

273 [email protected] 1600rpm

258 [email protected] 1450 rpm

269 ft-lbs. @ 1300 rpm

Acceleration

There is nothing sensational about the RC’s acceleration. The car is heavy and lacks the alacrity to take on the German competition. It gets a little lungful before the rpm to kick in and torque up the wheels, hence a bad start but when it does it’s pretty good. The car takes over 7 seconds to manage the 60 mph speed which is a little disheartening as it’s a sloth in a squirrels race.

Models

Lexus RC 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

0-60 MPH

7.3 sec

5.5 sec

5.5 sec

6.0 sec

5.7 sec

5.5 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

15.2 sec

14.1 sec @ 100 mph

14.1 sec @ 99 mph

14.6 sec

N/A

14.3 sec

15.0 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

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

N/A

NA

TBD

-

6.5

6.6

6.3*

Ride and Handling

The RC may not be the brightest when it comes to handling. Its slower than the rest of the competition and does not share a similar eagerness to tackle corners. The steering feel is accurate and easy to maneuver but the minimal road feedback leaves you to improvise on your instincts during spirited driving. The F sport package adds adaptive dampers and summer tires which nicely hands the 19 horsepower bump by making it a little more aggressive. However, it doesn’t improves the numb ride quality. The transmission keeps the engine on the boil with minimal fuss, it holds the gear position to the extreme.

Braking

Brakes compliment the RC’s drivability on an overall level. Lexus employs a 13.2-inch front and 12.2-inch brakes on the front and rear side. The pedal gives a stellar performance, it manages to find a sweet spot between soft and strong feelings, making its malleability well suited for natural human movement. From a speed of 60 mph, the RC comes to a standstill on 110 feet which is quite impressive.

Model

Lexus RC 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Brake Front (in.)

13.2

13

13

13.8

13.3

12.3

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

12.5

11.8

-

13

11.8

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3737

3521

3500*

3516 lbs

3704

3574

3500 lbs

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110*

124

153ft

-

N/A

162

184 ft (70-0)

2019 Lexus RC 300 Fuel Economy

Frugality is not this Lexus best virtue, the base Turbo Inline-4 engine will just keep you on the thins to avoid frequent gas station visits. The V6’s thirst, on the other hand, crosses your line of the budget. The base engine will yield 21 mpg economy in the city which can be stretched to 30 mpg on the highway. The V6 drops the number of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The upper middle class may not be intrigued but compared to the gas-guzzling RC F these numbers are delicious.

Model

Lexus RC 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

MPG (city)

21

24

22

21

24

24

24

MPG (highway)

30

33

33

28

34

34

34

MPG (combined)

24

27

26

23

27

27

28

2019 Lexus RC 300 Interior

“The RC's interior is easy to see out of, easy to climb into, easy on the eyes, and mostly easy to figure out. Alas, it has a poor exterior-to-interior space ratio — especially with regard to the rear seats — and operating the entertainment system is a nuisance”-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The RC’s interior is everything right about the luxury coupes in the industry and at the same time, it’s not a bulletproof sample either. The interior is comfortable and the low height makes entry and exits easy, though the long gates make parking in tight spaces a tricky job. As for the cabin space, Lexus messed up the interior exterior ratio resulting in cramped rear seats.

Model

Lexus IS

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5

BMW 430i

Jaguar XE

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

4

5

5

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

39/54.7/45.4

38.6//42.4

37.1/55/N/A

39.7/56.3/42.6

39/55.3/41.3

39.8/54.8/42.2

N/A

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

34.8/50.8/27.3

37.6/53.6/35.1

37.1/55.3/N/A

36.9/54.6/34.8

36.1/50.7/32.7

37.2/54.8/33.7

N/A

Just like the exterior, interior show a great work of art cabin with uniform gaps and minimal rattles. The use of plastic is not much visible and just around the analog clock which may blend with the design but is reminiscing of the past. The RC offers to seat for 4 which itself is a farfetched statement as the rear seats are deprived of any legroom space. Competitors, on the other hand, takes the ball by delivering more pleasing seating conditions.

Infotainment

Lexus’s infotainment is not particularly easy to use. The 7-inch infotainment screen is buried deep into the dash making it difficult to use. There is an option for 10.3 inch split screen display which eases thing a little bit, but the Remote Touch Controller spoils the fun. On top of that, Lexus’s galoot Enform infotainment system feels dated to use. This year you get Apple CarPlay which is a good thing but Android users are left hanging.

Interior Features

  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Front Cupholders
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Climate Control
  • Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)

Cargo

Even with that long feline body, the RC runs low on utility curve. Its 1.3 cubic feet of space is not just lower than the competitors it can only manage a couple of bags for a two-day trip. The cabin is not much of practical too. You have a central console fit for only carrying the car keys and small door pockets on large doors. The impractical rear seats are the only place you can fit the extra luggage.

Model

Lexus RC 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10.4

13.0

10.5

10.5

21.8

15.7

16.1

2019 Lexus RC 300 Exterior

“The 2019 Lexus RC maintains its visual intrigue with a few updates, and remains a style standout”- The Car Connection

Design and Styling

Lexus has always avoided those mundane subtle lines which the luxury-oriented cars are known for, they like to go a little creative with their car’s shell. Through the LC doesn’t share the hyperbole stylings as the LC receives, it has an elegant character of its own. Right from the brand defining Spindle grill to the revised headlamps with daytime running lights makes the design speak for itself, it’s a Lexus after all! The hood remains long and gets the best out of RC’s length, from the sides it looks a little bulky which goes with the story of RC’s heavyweight.

Model

Lexus RC 300

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Curb weight (lbs.)

3737

3521

3500*

3516 lbs

3704

3574

3500 lbs

Length(in)

184.8

182.6

184.5

184.4 in

186.3

182.7

183.9

Width(in)

72.4

73.7

71.3

72.8 in

72.6

71.9

77.4

Height(in)

54.9

56.5

55.3

55.1 in

54.6

54.2

55.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

NA

3.5

5.1 in

N/A

5.1

-

Wheelbase (in)

107.5

111

111.8

111.6 in

111.2

110.6

111.6

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/63

61.3/63.9

61.5/60.9

-

62.5/61.7

60.8/62.8

62.8/62.4

Dimensions and Weight

Taking a page from Lexus LFA’s book, the RC has a peculiar design language. Its entire 184.8 inches long body comprises of aggressive detailing to style. A large hoof, the spindle grille, and fins make up the most of the design part. From ear to ear the RC’s width accounts for 72.4 inches and the peculiar low stance makes the height at 72.4 inches in total. Compared to other coupes in the war pit, the RC has a smaller wheelbase which eases on the turning radius.

Exterior Features

  • 19" Split 10-Spoke Alloy Wheel W/Summer Tires
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Door Edge Guards
  • Special Color
  • Rear Bumper Applique
  • Premium Triple Beam LED Headlamps
  • Power Moonroof
  • Orange Brake Calipers
  • Black Brake Calipers
  • 19" Aluminum Alloy Wheels WAll-Season Tires

2019 Lexus RC 300 Safety

Lexus installs the best of what it has in the safety department with good crash test rating to build the RC 300. The 2019 RC 300 is not completely ready to joust the wall yet but last year’s scores are quite convincing. IIHS gave Lexus its approval by making the RC its Top Safety Pick + award last year and they intend to replicate the results. The standard safety set includes-

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance System
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • LED Headlamp
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

2019 Lexus RC 300 Competition

Mercedes Benz C 300 vs 2019 Lexus RC 300

This entry-level Merc knows how to make a statement. The minimalistic styling clubbed with the Merc’s tri-star logo and superb interior quality makes the C class stand out. In many ways, German elegance and better driving dynamics make the RC appear pale but you won’t find the hypercar like styling remotely on the C class. Also, the C 300 is more frugal and offers better practicality.

It's smart to parley a few horses for magnetic styling but doing that by crucifying fuel economy, practicality and comfort is fool’s play.

Audi A5 vs 2019 Lexus RC 300

Audi’s one foot in the future not just influences the A5's styling but also the technology used. Compared to Lexus clumsy infotainment Audi is a life savior and that’s not even the best part. It takes Lexus’s V6 engine to compete against Audi’s Inline -4 engine and outperforms the Japanese. Despite both cars sharing similar dimensions, Audi found a better way to use theirs. The A5’s rear seats are usable while the RC’s seats can only accommodate extra bags.

2019 Lexus RC 300 Final Verdict

The 2019 Lexus RC lies in the posh side of luxury coupes. Its berserk styling and king size body makes it a post the worthy car on your timeline, though it’s the only strong point that Lexus has. The RC’s engine is potent but even Audi’s Inline-4 has more muscle than the RC’s optional V6 which is a discouraging factor. But then again it's intended to be a boulevard cruiser than a sporty animal. The cabin has an elegant vibe with decent quality but the inhabitable rear seats ruin the entire experience.

Everything Lexus is rooting for on the RC is already there in the market in a more elegant way. Right from economy to power, and comfort to frugality, you will find better numbers and a better deal on the competitor’s territory.

Pros

Excellent interior quality and craftsmanship

Quiet cabin

Adaptive suspension on the F Sport trim

Cons

Competitors offer better performance

Low cargo volume

Poor Exterior to Interior ratio

Inhabitable rear seats

What's New?

Revamped front and rear styling

Retuned suspension for shape handling

Apple CarPlay


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41145

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

241 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1650 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

107.5 in.

length

184.8 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

54.9 in.

curb weight

3737 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

82 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1083 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/30 mpg

highway range

522 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2019 Lexus RC 300 in Ultra White color  2019 Lexus RC 300 in Racing Yellow color  2019 Lexus RC 300 in Eminent White Pearl color  2019 Lexus RC 300 in Atomic Silver color  2019 Lexus RC 300 in Caviar color
Ultra White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus RC 300 Base

Base

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

$41,145


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,145 MSRP (21 mpg/24/30 mpg) 241 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA

 2019 Lexus RC 300 Base 3.5

Base 3.5

power
260 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$43,835


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $43,835 MSRP (18 mpg/21/24 mpg) 260 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4 NA

 2019 Lexus RC 300 F SPORT

F SPORT

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

$47,860


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $47,860 MSRP (21 mpg/24/30 mpg) 241 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA

 2019 Lexus RC 300 F SPORT 3.5

F SPORT 3.5

power
260 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$50,035


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $50,035 MSRP (18 mpg/21/24 mpg) 260 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4 NA

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