2019 Lexus RC 350

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2019 Lexus RC 350 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 19, 2019


Lexus’s entry-level coupe is modish and handsome, though handsome will only take you so far. The RC has sufficient power to cruise on highways and confidently drive around the city maneuvering by wishful eyes. Though it fails to punch enough power to compete with the German rivals, also the interior is only comfortable for two, anything more than that is pushing things a compromising comfort.

Starting at the base price of $44,075 the 2019 Lexus RC is offered in two drivetrain options. There is only one engine option being 3.5L V6 Engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine drills out 311 horsepower and 280-pound-feet of torque. This is the third engine option from the RC line up, while the first two were reserved for the RC 300 and more potent V8 engine kept for the ferocious RC F.

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Pros

Excellent interior quality and craftsmanship

Quiet cabin

Adaptive suspension on the F Sport trim

Cons

Competitors offer better performance

Low cargo volume

Inhabitable rear seats

Low cabin space

What's New?

Revamped front and rear styling

Retuned suspension for shape handling

Apple CarPlay


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44075

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

311 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

280 lbs.-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.2/63

dimensions

wheelbase

107.5 in.

length

185 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

54.9 in.

curb weight

3748 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

82 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1080 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/28 mpg

highway range

487.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Lexus RC 350 in Ultra White color  2019 Lexus RC 350 in Caviar color  2019 Lexus RC 350 in Obsidian color  2019 Lexus RC 350 in Eminent White Pearl color  2019 Lexus RC 350 in Atomic Silver color
Ultra White

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

7.7

Interior

6.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus RC 350 Base

Base

power
311 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$44,075 - $46,240


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,075 MSRP (20/23/28) 311 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4
2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $46,240 MSRP (18/21/24) 311 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT

F SPORT

power
311 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$46,240 - $52,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $50,790 MSRP (20/23/28) 311 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4
F SPORT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $52,400 MSRP (18/21/24) 311 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4
F SPORT 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $46,240 MSRP (18/24/24) 311 hp @ 6600 rpm, 2 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.1

Overall Rating


This is the third engine option from the RC line up, while the first two were reserved for the RC 300 and more potent V8 engine kept for the ferocious RC F. The engine drills out 311 horsepower and 280-pound-feet of torque.

2019 Lexus RC 350 front three quarter view
2019 Lexus RC 350 Angular Front View
2019 Lexus RC 350 rear three quarter view
2019 Lexus RC 350 Angular Rear View

6.5/10
Features

 

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

6.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Lexus RC 350 Features

6.5/10

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 350 is offered in two trims and two drive train options and one engine serving both of them. The F sport package adds more spice to the ride quality with mechanical upgrades like sports tuned suspension, sport seats with heated and ventilated seats and more.

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 350 Engine and Performance

7.7/10

“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

While the RC 300 gets an optional V6 engine, the 350 keeps it simple with only one engine and two powertrains. Lexus employs a 3.5L Premium Unleaded V-6 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Although it has a similar V6 engine the RC 350 is tuned to crank out more horses. The engine produces a maximum 311 horsepower and 280-pound-feet of torque. Lexus fixed the torque split at 30/70 for the front and rear wheels. It might be the more potent version of the RC but it’s nothing compared to the herculean RC F.

Models

Lexus RC 350

BMW 440i coupe

Genesis G70 3.3T

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

Infiniti Q 60 3.0t PURE

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

MSRP

$44,075

$51,200

$43,750

$44,200

$40,750

$43,800

Engine

3.5L Premium Unleaded V-6

3.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6

3.3L
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8 Speed automatic

8-speed Automatic

7-Speed automatic S tronic Dual-Clutch

8-speed Automatic

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

311 hp @ 6600 rpm

320 @ 5500

365 hp @ 6,000 rpm

252 hp@ 5000rpm

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque

280 @ 4800 rpm

330 ft-lbs@ 1380 rpm

376 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

295 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

273 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

The power delivery is velvety and the accelerator is bound by your wishes though make sure not to ask much of it. The RC 350 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. If you have driven the RC 300 before, the RC 350 will stun you with its amplified vehicular instincts.

Acceleration

The RC 350 just like the 300 is not very keen on acceleration. The engine might produce more horses but there is a notable lag as you jab the pedal to the ground. Though the bad start does not affect the rest of the performance, the RC speeds up pretty good, just not enough to beat any of its adversaries. From a standstill, the RC 350 gains 60mph speed in 5.7 seconds. Going further it hits the quarter mile light in 14.3 seconds.

Lexus may compete on paper but the real-life scenario is completely different. Audi A5 with its Inline-4 engine outshines Lexus’s V6 engine, which is a little disappointing for A Lexus buyer.

Models

Lexus RC 350

BMW 440i coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

Infiniti Q 60

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

0-60 MPH

5.7 sec

sec

sec

5 sec

sec

5.5 sec

Quarter mile

14.2 sec

sec

sec

13.6 sec

sec

14.1 sec @ 99 mph

Engine

3.5L

3.0L

3.3L

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L

2.0L

Emission

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

N/A

6.6

N/A

6.5

6.3*

TBD

Ride and Handling

Although Lexus installed all the necessary performance enhancing equipment, the pay-off is not that pleasing. Lexus could have done better on the RC 350, the steering feels numb and does not have any road communication. Even with the additional equipment of the F Sport package the RC anxiously takes corners. Also, the other chassis updates should have opened a new world for the RC but there is no significant change on the coupe’s drivability. After evaluating every aspect of the RC one thing is straight, it’s no sports car material. The RC is rather a boulevard cruise for which it does a pretty nice job though make sure you don’t demand much from the car.

Braking

Braking might be the best virtue of the RC 350. The pedal is pretty pilotable without feeling grabby. During hard braking, the RC does not wobble which gets better with the summer tires on the F Sport package. From the speed of 70 mph, the RC halts to a standstill at 120 feet which is better than other coupes in the lot.

Model

Lexus RC 350

BMW 430i coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

Infiniti Q60

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Brake Front (in.)

13.2

12.3

13.8

13.3

12.6

13

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

11.8

13.4

13

12.1

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3748

3574

3774 lbs

3704

3747 lbs

3500*

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

162

-

N/A

153ft

2019 Lexus RC 350 Fuel Economy

Frugality is not this Lexus best virtue, the V6’s thirst crosses your line of the budget. The V6 engine will yield 20 mpg economy in the city which can be stretched to 28 mpg on the highway. The upper middle class may not be intrigued but compared to the gas-guzzling RC F these numbers are delicious. Then to ferry it with the other cars further adds fuel to the discouragement as other cars deliver more mileage.

Model

Lexus RC 300

BMW 430i coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

Infiniti Q60

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

MPG (city)

20

24

18

24

19

22

MPG (highway)

28

34

26

34

28

33

MPG (combined)

23

27

21

27

22

26

2019 Lexus RC 350 Interior

6.0/10

“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 RC

BMW 430i

Genesis G70

Audi A5

Infiniti Q60

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

4

5

5

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

39/54.7/45.4

39.8/54.8/42.2

39.7/56.3/42.6

39/55.3/41.3

37.9/54.6/43.1

37.1/55/N/A

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

34.8/50.8/27.3

37.2/54.8/33.7

36.9/54.6/34.8

36.1/50.7/32.7

34.5/52/32.4

37.1/55.3/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 ease 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.

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

BMW 430i coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

Infiniti Q60

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10.4

15.7

10.5

21.8

8.7

10.5

2019 Lexus RC 350 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

BMW 430i coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

Infiniti Q60

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

3748

3574

3774 lbs

3704

3747 lbs

3500*

Length(in)

184.8

182.7

184.4 in

186.3

184.4

184.5

Width(in)

72.4

71.9

72.8 in

72.6

72.8

71.3

Height(in)

54.9

54.2

55.1 in

54.6

54.9

55.3

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

5.1

5.5 in

N/A

4.9

3.5

Wheelbase (in)

107.5

110.6

111.6 in

111.2

112.2

111.8

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/63

60.8/62.8

62.8/63.1

62.5/61.7

61.2/62.2

61.5/60.9

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 makes 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.

2019 Lexus RC 350 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 350 Competition

Audi A5 vs Lexus RC

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.

Genesi G70 vs Lexus RC

Genesis revamped the G70 for 2019 adding more character and updating the feature list. More or less Genesis suffers from the same germ as the RC 350. The rear seats are cramped and infotainment is straight out of Hyundai. Lexus on the RC 350 offers a lot of luxury which the G70 may not match, however, its superior handling makes up for it.

Infotainment remains an issue with both cars, still, Genesis’s extra power makes it a better car between the two.

2019 Lexus RC 350 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.