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2016 Lexus RC 300

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2016 Base 2dr All-Wheel Drive Coupe
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Price:   -  From $42,610


After starting last year with one version of the new RC series performance coupe, the RC 350, Lexus has four varieties on sale for 2016, including an RC 200t base model and a super-powered, track-ready RC F. That makes the new RC 300, with a lower-powered V6 than its RC 350 mate, the midlevel member of the regular RC trio. Visually, the RC coupes differ little, highlighted by the familiar spindle-style grille and a sleek, sporty body that seems to exude muscularity, whichever engine lies beneath the hood.

What's New for 2016

Following up on the RC 350 coupe that debuted for 2015, the RC 300 has joined the lineup with a less-powerful rendition of the V6 engine and a lower price. Unlike the RC 350, which comes with either rear-drive or all-wheel drive, the new RC 300 is offered only with all-wheel drive.

Lexus RC 300

Choosing Your Lexus RC 300

Like the more powerful RC 350 coupe, the RC 300 isn’t easily identified as a Lexus, apart from its “signature” Lexus grille. Rather than the 306-horsepower V6 in the RC 350, the new RC 300 holds a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 255 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Only all-wheel drive is available, with a six-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters. A selectable driving mode system is standard.

Acceleration from a standstill to 60 mph differs only slightly between the RC 300 and RC 350, at 6.3 and 6.0 seconds, respectively. Fuel economy of the RC 300 is estimated at a less-thrifty 19 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway (21 mpg in combined driving).

Lexus RC 300


Standard equipment is similar to that of the RC 200t and RC 350, starting with NuLuxe simulated leather seats and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. LED headlights and taillamps are standard, along with Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 60/40 split-folding back seat, front center armrest, HomeLink garage door opener, and tilt/telescopic steering wheel. The backup monitor incorporates grid lines. Lexus Enform Service Connect permits remote access to certain vehicle information. The 10-speaker, 256-watt audio system features a 7-inch display screen, HD and satellite radio, voice recognition, and compatibility with Apple Siri EyesFree.

Options include 19-inch wheels, a moonroof, navigation system, heated/ventilated front seats, front/rear park assist, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. Luxury, Premium, and All-Weather option packages are available. Available safety features include a pre-collision braking system with radar-based adaptive cruise control, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

Lexus RC 300

F Sport

Lexus’ performance-oriented F Sport package is available for the RC 300, including modified front/rear styling, unique 19-inch wheels, LFA-inspired instruments, high-performance brakes, heated/ventilated front seats, aluminum pedals, blind-spot monitoring, and a specially-tuned suspension.

CarsDirect Tip

Picking an RC 300 rather than the all-wheel drive version of the RC 350 saves about $2,400, while losing 51 horsepower. It’s about $2,600 higher than the turbocharged RC 200t, but that one has rear-drive, which may not be a wise choice in snowbelt regions. Plenty of buyers can survive without that extra power; but still, when you’re talking about cars that top $40,000, the price difference doesn’t amount to all that much.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 255 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 255 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
17.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
10.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
82 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.8 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
55.1 "
Front Headroom
39.0 "
Rear Headroom
34.8 "
Front Legroom
45.4 "
Rear Legroom
27.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
50.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,891 Lbs.
Wheel Base
108 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
18.0 " Machined Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Badging
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated / Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Body-colored / Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 / 17 Mark Levinson
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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