The new RC is an aggressively styled sports coupe with seating for four. Essentially a coupe version of the IS sedan, it uses a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine hooked up to an eight-speed automatic. An all-wheel-drive version is available with a six-speed automatic. Top-trim RC F versions, fitted with a 467-hp, 5.0-liter V8, target the BMW M4.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
First Drive

Effectively replacing the Lexus IS convertible as the two-door companion to the IS sedan, the RC coupe combines power, luxury, and refinement. Then the F kicks it up a notch, falling somewhere between hardcore sports car and grand touring coupe. The resulting machine had several members of our team uttering the words "modern Toyota Supra" under their breath.

The RC F carries an aggressive expression of Lexus' latest exterior design theme, and it ensures the driver receives a fair amount of attention behind the wheel. Or perhaps it was the screaming orange paint on our borrowed example.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (306 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (467 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Lexus RC owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Rotors

"Needing new rotors at 17K miles is not acceptable in this day and age. My wife drives it so it is not driven hard so excuses from the manufacture about hard driving won't cut it"

Anonymous, NE (2015 Lexus RC F 5.0-L V8)
Squeaking

"I’ve had the car to the shop three times to address rotor issues and constant brake squealing. We believe CarMax (where I purchased the car) did not use OEM parts, and installed the wrong brake pads on the vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes squeak very loud when coming to a stop. After it has been driven about 10 or more miles, the squeaking is not quite as loud. We completely replaced the brakes with OEM Lexux brakes. They still squeak just as badly as before. Lexus is mystified, but I have heard this complaint from other Lexus RC 350 F owners."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes were making a grinding noise, which usually means the pads are low. I took the car to my favorite tire place, and they also said the rotors were too low to turn, so I had rotors and pads replaced at what I would consider a very high cost (almost $1,000.) The brakes squeaked almost immediately after pickup, at low speed only. I returned the car to have them fix the squeak and first pads were replaced but they still squeaked, then the new rotors turned, then twice the rotors and pads were replaced before the squeaking stopped. Very frustrating!"

Michael C., NV (2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Because we had to replace rotors so early in the cycle and they have been squeaking most of the life of the car, something isn't adding up and the manufacturer just hasn't been forthcoming about the issue or accommodating about owning the problem and fixing it at their expense"

Anonymous, NE (2015 Lexus RC F 5.0-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"On occasion the dual climate control malfunctioned. Driver side temperature control became inoperative and blew in hot air. Restarting the car solved the problem. Recurring issue. Other issue, hot air circulating even when system is supposed to be off."

Gabriel S., TX (2015 Lexus RC 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"SUPPOSED TO BE A LIKE NEW CAR IF IT'S CERTIFIED, BUT THE AC WASN'T BLOWING CORRECTLY. HAD TO HAVE DEALER FIX IT TWICE"

Kenneth Q., CA (2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Premium sound is not good. Will miss notes and screech"

Anthony H., CO (2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Software Update download screwed up system. froze system had to go to dealer for hard reset happened 3 times"

Steven A., NC (2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"There was a factory recall on both fuel pumps. Before replacement I was averaging 15 miles per gallon of premium gas. After replacement I am averaging 22 miles per gallon."

James R., ME (2015 Lexus RC F 5.0-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Tire wear is uneven

"Suspension is purposely imbalanced such that the interior of the rear tires wears out with less than 50% of thread wear. Expensive tires needing very early replacement."

Gabriel S., TX (2015 Lexus RC 350.0 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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