2022 Lexus RC 300

MSRP $42,720

Ranked #7 in Midsize Coupe

6.9

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2022 Lexus RC 300 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 2, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Since its launch back in 2016, the RC 300 has been one of the most affordable coupes in Lexus’s portfolio. Boasting more or less the same silhouette from inception, the only facelift it received was back in 2019 which made it even sharper, making it resemble the hotter LC models. We expect Lexus to carry over the same design for the 2022 model year with those bold lines and sharp creases; why fix something if it isn’t broken.

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Pros

Sleek exterior design

Upmarket cabin

Ride quality

Cons

Tight second row

Tiny infotainment screen

Middling performance

What's New?

Carryover from previous model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42720

bodystyle

dr Coupe

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$42,720 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Lexus RC 300 in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

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

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.9

Overall Rating


The 2022 RC 300 is supposed to arrive in two trims, the base coupe and the F-sport variants. The prices will start from around $42,720 for the base trim, which is around $500 more than what it retails as of now. Both the trims would also be offered in an AWD trim, making it dearer by about $2,500. At this pricing, the 2022 RC 300 would be going against the BMW 430i, the Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe, and the Infiniti Q60.

2022 Lexus RC 300 Coupe front view
2022 Lexus RC 300 Coupe rear view

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Lexus RC 300 Features

As standard, Lexus would offer the 2022 RC 300 in two different trims. The range would start with the base coupe with prices starting from $42,720. The souped-up F-Sport variant of the same car would set you back even more with prices starting from around $47,190. A 2.0L inline-4 will be the primary engine option available for the 2022 RC 300 series with the V6 reserved for the AWD trim. The AWD trims are dearer by around $2,500 from the base rear-wheel-drive configuration, given that it brings in an engine upgrade as well. Note that the prices will vary in accordance with the trim. Also going by the trend, Lexus will presumably push out the limited-run Blackline Edition sometime after launch which will boast sportier visual elements and would carry a hefty price tag as well.

Coming to the equipment, the 2022 RC 300 will be adorned by all LED lights on the exterior and the wheel arches will be filled with some beautifully designed 18” machined alloy wheels. On the insides, the car comes with perforated Nu-Luxe upholstery for the seats while the dashboard and door panels get a mix of Liner Espresso and Dark Macho wood trimming. The steering wheel and the shifter knob also come covered with high-quality leather. The driver seat comes with 10-way power adjustability which includes adjustable lumbar support as well. 

The passenger seats are limited to only 8 levels. Both seats get heating function as standard though. Infotainment duties are taken care of by a 7.0-inch color display connected to a 10-speaker premium audio system. There is also an option to go for the bigger 10.3-inch system but that comes only as a part of an additional package which would set you back an extra $1,645. A driver color multi-information display and dual-zone climate control system are also a part of the standard package. Some of the equipment that comes with the car are listed below.

Trim

Base

MSRP(RWD)

$42,720

MSRP(AWD)

$45,410

Key features

7.0 Infotainment system with 10-speaker Lexus Premium Audio system.

 

Dual-Zone climate control system with cabin filter and smog sensor

 

10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 8-way passenger seats with heating function.

 

Nu-Luxe interior upholstery

 

Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.

 

Smart access with push-button start

 

Bi-LED headlamps and all-LED tail lamps

 

18” five-spoke alloy wheels

Which trim should you buy?

Since the only available choice for the new Lexus RC 300 is between the rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configuration with strict engine options. The RWD variants have to do with an inline-4 turbo while the AWD gets stuck with the V6. We suggest you go for the former one as the AWD configuration always has more powertrain loss and increased fuel consumption, especially with the V6. 

There is nothing much differentiating them in terms of raw outputs. Unless you live in a place where the winters are bad, we would recommend the rear-wheel-drive configuration any day. Also, if you are someone who likes a bit of added sportiness and is someone willing to pay a few thousand dollars more, we suggest you go for the F-Sport variant as that car is better in every single way than the regular RC 300.

Release Date

We haven’t got any official information on the launch dates, but based on what we saw from previous years, it should be sometime during the fall. Expect the cars to arrive at the dealership a month from the announcement with deliveries following close by.

2022 Lexus RC 300 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

Although official specs haven’t been revealed yet, we expect the 2022 RC 300 to sport the same as seen on the current model year. A 2.0L inline-4 turbo and a 3.5L V6 with power the rear-wheel-drive configuration and the all-wheel-drive configuration in order. It is a shame that Lexus did not bring any interchangeability to the powertrain configuration. While the inline-turbo is good for 241 horses, the bigger 3.6L V6 only manages to push out 260 horses in comparison. Also, thanks to the turbos pushing in more air, the 4 cylinder manages better torque figures at lower revs making it feel much sportier and eager when compared to the V6.

2022 Lexus RC 300 Coupe driving view

When it comes to numbers the V6 model manages to shave off a second in the 0-60 run with a recorded time of 6.3 secs while the turbo inline-4 manages the same in 7.3 seconds. That said, when it comes to real-world drivability the turbo-4 destroys the V6 with its responsiveness. This can also be attributed to the quick and smooth 8-speed sports-tuned automatic it uses compared to the crude 6-speed unit that comes with the V6. It also tops out at 143mph compared to the 130mpg cap on the V6 model.

Models

2022 Lexus RC 300

2021 BMW M430i

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-300

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

MSRP

$42,720

$45,800

$47,200

$44,500

Engine

2.0L Inline-4 turbo/ 3.5 L V6

2.0L Inline-4 twin-turbo

2.0L Inline-4 turbo

2.0L Inline-4 turbo

Drivetrain

RWD/ AWD

RWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic/ 6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

7-speed DCT

Power (hp @ RPM

241hp/ 260hp

255hp@ 5000 rpm

255hp@ 5800 rpm

261 hp

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

258 lb-ft @ 1,650–4,400/ 236 lb-ft @ 2000rpm

294 lb-ft @ 1550rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1800rpm

273 lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.3 secs/ 6.3 secs

5.5 secs

5.9 secs

5.3 secs

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

NA

15.4 secs

14.1 secs

15.2 secs

Top-Speed (MPH)

143/130

130

130

130

 Though the figures of the RC 300 might look decent on paper, it trails behind every single competition when it comes to actual performance. Even the more powerful V6 engine can’t come close to the slowest car in this comparison, which is the Mercedes C 300 which manages a 0-60 run in just 5.9 seconds. The Audi, with its Quattro AWD system, walks the competition with its blistering timing of 5.3 seconds while the BMW 430i follows close behind taking just 5.5 seconds to accomplish the same.

How well does the 2021 Lexus RC 300 handle?

We surely won’t go and call it a sporty handler, it would define itself as a short-footed grand tourer rather than an out-an-out corner craver. There is enough traction from the big tires to have some fun in the corners, but when you start pushing the envelope, you feel the front end giving up. The overly light steering feel and the softly sprung suspension could also be named culprits here. Though these traits aid in while cruising and comfort, they tend to rob away the feeling of what the tires are actually up to.

2022 Lexus RC 300 Coupe handling

 In our opinion, the RC 300 would best be used as a cruising machine given its poised ride quality and overall damping rates. The suspension, though is sprung a bit soft for anything sporty, excels when it comes to offering a flat and cushioned ride. That coupled with the great seats and forgiving chassis, makes it a perfect choice for all those long-distance runs.

2021 Lexus RC 300 Braking Performance

 Being the heaviest one of the bunch, we don’t expect anything worth writing home about when it comes to the braking performance of the 2022 Lexus RC 300. With brake rotors measuring 13.2 inches at the front and 12.2 inches at the rear, the braking performance should be decent for this car. From our previous experience, we can surely say that the brakes do have some stopping power but do lack the bite and confidence that you expect from a coupe of this class especially when you are on the boil. The exact braking distances have not been released yet, but we expect it to be not that far off from the competition.

Models

2022 Lexus RC 300

2021 BMW M430i

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-300

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.2

NA

13

13.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.2

NA

11.8

13

Curb Weight (lbs)

3737

3578

3527

3638

60-0 (feet)

NA

111

114

112

Boasting the biggest hardware in this comparison, the Audi A5 manages to put an anchor from 60mph in a blistering 112ft even though it is far away from being the lightest. What surprised us was how quickly the BMW 430i comes to a halt. When it comes to brake feel and stopping power, it is hard to beat the BMW. The Mercedes has a proper weight advantage here but the smaller-sized rotors do need a few more feet to bring it to a standstill, taking around 114 ft. Even though the brakes feel the worst on the Lexus in this comparison, we expect it to slot close to what C 300 has achieved when it comes to braking distance.

2022 Lexus RC 300 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Since most of you would be using this class of cars as either daily commuters or cruising machines, fuel economy becomes a great factor when choosing one. As far as we can tell, the Lexus RC 300 will not disappoint you in that regard, at least in the turbo-4 format. Squeezing out a respectable 25 mpg in the combined cycle and touching nearly 31 mpg on highways is not an easy feat by any means. Also, the 17.4-gallon fuel tank it beholds is one of the biggest in competition and promises a tank range of about 435 miles in a combined driving cycle, which by far is the best figure. That said, if you are more of a V6 kind of guy, prepare yourself for the dismal economy figures. 26mpg is the best it can squeeze out and that too at cruising speeds.

Models

2022 Lexus RC 300

2021 BMW M430i

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-300

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

MPG (City)

21/19

25

24

24

MPG (Highway)

31/26

34

33

31

MPG (Combined)

25/22

28

27

27

Tank Capacity (Gallons)

17.4

15.3

15.8

15.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

365.4/ 539.4/ 435

382.5/ 520.2/ 428.4

379.2/ 521.4/ 426.6

367.2/ 474.3/ 413.1

Taking a clear look at the figures we find that the Lexus RC 300 is the least fuel-efficient car in this bunch returning just 21 mpg in the city. The BMW, Audi, and the Mercedes are in striking range when driven inside the city with the BMW inching ahead by a single mile. Also, the BMW surprised us with the 34 mpg economy that it claims on the highway despite pushing out some crazy numbers with two turbos. 

The Quattro did eat into the A5s figures but not to a point that it affects the drivability. The real disappointing fact is that the Lexus falls behind in every single test. The only thing that is working in favor of the RC 300 is the 17.4-gallon tank and that too if someone ever plans to drive it over 500 miles non-stop.

2022 Lexus RC 300 Interior

8.0/10

Since 2022 is not a year for a major overhaul of the RC series, expect the 2022 RC 300 to greet you with the same insides as the current generation car. If you have been inside a Lexus, then it would be a familiar place for you. Even though the design might look a bit conventional, the quality and attention to detail are one of the best. The front seats do have nice contouring and do hold you in place nice and tight. The leather-wrapped steering, as well as the shifter knob, falls into your hand pretty easily and it takes no time to find your perfect position. That said, the second row is not the most usable and the 50.8’ legroom is one of the lowest in the competition.

2022 Lexus RC 300 Coupe cockpit area

 A 7’ infotainment system is set right in your eye-line although using it is far from what you would label as intuitive. Also, the 10-speaker audio system is some of the best standard systems we have heard. A dual-zone climate control system with cabin filter and smog sensor comes in as standard fitment. You get a 10-way power adjustable driver seat and 8-way power passenger seat as standard fitment with both offering heating function. Additional touches like fine wood cabin inserts, Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay, and steering mounted paddles shifter does raise the sense of occasion a fair amount.

2022 Lexus RC 300 Coupe front seats

Models

2022 Lexus RC 300

2021 BMW M430i

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-300

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39./54.7/45.4

38/55.1/41.8

38.8/54.8/42.0

37.4/55.3/41.3

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

34.8/50.8/27.3

36.1/51/34.5

35.6/51.7/32.0

36.1/50.7/32.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

10.4

12

10.5

10.9

This is the spot where the RC 300 stands apart from the crowd. Simply put, it offers the roomiest and comfortable front seats in this comparison. 45.4 inches of legroom at the front is by far the best in competition and you feel it when sitting inside it. The Audi falls short in this department with just 41.3 inches to spare. The second row feels almost identical with the BMW proving to have the best legroom. 

Also, the 430i steals the show with the biggest cargo hold in this comparison boasting about 12 cu-ft of usable room. The RC 300 falls short in this with just 10.4 cu-ft to spare, which is the lowest in this comparison. Some of the standard features that are expected to come with the 2022 Lexus RC 300 are listed below:

  • 7” color infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 10-speaker Lexus premium audio system
  • Smart access push-button start
  • Backup camera
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Nu-Luxe perforated upholstery
  • 10-ways power driver seat and 8-way power passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Adaptive cruise control.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The new Lexus RC 300 is expected to come with a 7” color infotainment system as standard. Though the touchpad-based control is not the most intuitive, the inclusion of Android Auto and Apple Car play would make it usable. It also includes the latest Lexus Enform app which enables remote access, vehicle health report, schedules services, and even supports voice commands. 

Also, the car comes with a premium Lexus 10- speaker audio system that comes in as standard fitment which is one of the best factory systems around. If you are willing to pay extra, the Lexus will happily provide you with an upgraded 10.3 in a multimedia system with navigation for $1,645 and a Mark Levinson 17-speaker premium audio system at $2725. Some of the few important infotainment features expected in the 2022 Lexus RC 300 are:

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display(standard)
  • USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Satellite radio.
  • Auxiliary audio input.
  • Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto/ Amazon Alexa
  • Navigation system. (Optional) 
  • 10-speaker Lexus audio system (standard).
  • Real-time parking assists with a backup camera.
  • Lexus Enform Wi-Fi
  • Voice Commands/Assist

2022 Lexus RC 300 Exterior

7.0/10

The 2022 RC 300 is expected to look more or less identical to the current generation. Everything from the sharp headlamps to the big front spindle grille is expected to remain the same.18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels will adorn the wheel arches. This car is eye-grabbing the way it looks and as far as we’re concerned doing anything more would be overdoing things. 

2022 Lexus RC 300 Coupe 

The sharp-looking bi-LED headlamps do render it that sporty appeal and that huge cascading grille makes it unmistakably a Lexus. The long sharp clear lens tails lamps, the swept-up boot line, and dual chrome-tipped exhaust carries the sportiness to the rear end as well. The overall design now looks all the more similar to its bigger LC sibling and that is in no way a bad thing. 

Models

2022 Lexus RC 300

2021 BMW M430i

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-300

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

Curb Weight (lb)

3,737

3,578

3,527

3,638

Length (inches)

185

187.9

184.5

184.8

Width (inches)

72.4

72.9

71.6

72.7

Height (inches)

54.9

54.6

55.3

53.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

5.7

3.8

4.7

Wheelbase (inches)

107.5

112.2

111.8

108.8

The BMW 430i is the biggest car when it comes to dimensions and it is reflected in the overall usable space inside the car. The Lexus by no stretch of the imagination is the biggest car in this comparison and it’s only its weight that comes on top. That said, numbers tell only one part of the story as the RC 300 has the best front seats in this comparison. Being the one with the shortest wheelbase, rear-seat space and boot space of the RC 300 are a bit compromised and stays at the bottom of the competition. Some exterior features expected on the 2022 LC 300 are listed below:

  • Bi-LED headlamps with running lights
  • Full LED taillights
  • 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  • Bright metallic front grille with chrome trim
  • Power moon-roof (optional)
  • Rain sensing wipers( package)

2022 Lexus RC 300 Safety

7.0/10

Since the Lexus RC 300 is expected to share all the underpinnings with the current sibling, the structural safety should also be identical to that car. As for that, the RC 300 series does have an overall good rating from the IIHS. In addition to that, the 2022 RC 300 should also come with a whole host of passive safety systems and the inclusion of additional driver assistance tech. Some of the safety techs that are expected to be incorporated on the new 2022 RC 300 are listed below-

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Intelligent High Beam
  • Smart stop technology
  • Brake Assist
  • 8-airbags

2022 Lexus RC 300 Competition

6.0/10

2022 Lexus RC 300 vs 2021 BMW 430i.

The pricing is the only place where the RC300 seems to have an advantage over the 430i. On every other front be it performance, handling, or even comfort, the BMW 430i matches or overcasts the 2022 RC 300. If we were the one doing the picking, we would definitely put in that additional money and get the BMW 430i. For an additional $3000 or so, you are essentially getting a newer and better-engineered car here.

2021 BMW 430i.

2022 Lexus RC 300 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-300 Coupe.

Even though the Mercedes-Benz C 300 is the better one when it comes to outright numbers, we reckon that the RC 300 beats it when it comes to comfort and functionality. Also, if you are someone who is in for the looks, the RC 300 will appeal to you more. All said, one of the primary factors working in the RC 300’s favor is the reliability and the C300 would find a tough time matching that.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-300 Coupe.

2022 Lexus RC 300 vs 2021 Audi A5.

When it comes to performance, the Audi A5 coupe just demolishes the RC 300. Talking about styling between these two, it’s just personal preference. Even with Quattro AWD and more power, the A5 is just the more efficient car here. We don’t see a reason why you should pick the RC 300 over the A5 Coupe. Exclusivity, maybe.

2021 Audi A5.

 

2022 Lexus RC 300 Final Verdict

The 2022 Lexus RC 300 is undoubtedly one of the best-looking coupes around with an unmatched predicted reliability rating. But when you are spending around 40 grand for a car, you would expect more especially when it comes to performance and the kind of technology on offer. This is where the RC 300 falls short of its competition. If you are looking for a coupe that ensures peace of mind, looks apart, and boasts top-notch comfort levels, the Lexus is sure to intrigue you with its style and poise. But if it were our money, any of the above-mentioned competitors would be our primary choice over the Lexus.