2015 Lexus RC 350

Weird is the new black with this luxurious premium coupe.

  • Likes
  • Modern sporty looks
  • Dislikes
  • Not a track-ready ride

The Lexus RC 350 is a sporty luxury coupe laden with high-tech features and design conceits that vary from the awesome to the overwrought.

Powered by a 3.5-liter, 306-horsepower naturally aspirated V6 with Toyota's direct and port fuel injection, the RC 350 is decently quick but not notably fast. What most people will notice about the car is its polarizing styling. But if the exterior design will leave some in love and others scratching their heads, at least the interior is comfortable, handsomely-designed and well-appointed. It's a big improvement on the Lexus interiors of the 2000s, which tended to be a little too bland for our tastes.

To go along with the Lexus RC 350's sporty design cues inside and out, it gets a fine chassis featuring double-wishbone suspension front and rear and, with our test car's optional F Sport package, summer tires on 19-inch wheels. Unfortunately for the sports coupe purists, the RC 350 is not offered with a manual transmission. The RC 350, while it is plenty capable, is by no means a track-day or autocross special, and so most customers would likely opt for the automatic anyway.

With a refined and comfortable ride and some unique styling, the RC 350 will likely appeal to buyers looking for a little flair in a subdued daily driver. Thanks to Lexus' sterling reputation for reliability, the RC 350 might find a home in some pragmatists' driveways as well.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, 5-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $42,790

As Tested: $42,790

  • 19 / 28 mpg
  • EPA
  • 5.9 sec
  • 0-60
  • 306 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6
  • Horsepower: 306 hp
  • Torque: 277
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Brakes: Front and rear disc, ABS
  • Suspension: Double wishbone front, multilink rear, variable adaptive dampers
  • Traction: Traction and stability control standard, sport mode
  • 0-60 mph: 5.9 sec
  • EPA City: 19 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 28 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 22 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: Not yet rated

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