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2017 Lexus RC 300 OVERVIEW

Lexus started the 2015 model year with one version of the then-new RC series performance coupe: the RC 350. A year later, four varieties were on sale for 2016, including an RC 200t base model and a super-powered, track-ready RC F. That made the RC 300, with a lower-powered V6 and a lower price than its RC 350 mate, the midlevel member of the regular RC trio.

Visually, the RC coupes differ little. Each is highlighted by a familiar, sizable spindle-style grille. Their sleek, sporty bodies seem to exude muscularity, whichever engine lies beneath the hood. Unlike the RC 350, which comes with either rear-drive or all-wheel drive, the RC 300 is offered only with all-wheel drive. As with other Lexus models, an F Sport version is available.

What's New for 2017

Standard equipment now includes a Scout GPS Link. Triple LED premium headlights now are optional for the Luxury Package and the F Sport. The base grille gets a black finish, while 18- and 19-inch wheels have revised finishes.

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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 RC 300 holds a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 255 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive comes standard, along with selectable driving modes and a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Acceleration from a standstill to 60 mph differs only slightly between the RC 300 and the all-wheel-drive RC 350, at 6.3 and 6.0 seconds, respectively. Fuel economy of the RC 300 is estimated at a not-so-thrifty 19 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway (21 mpg in combined driving).

Base

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, heated power front seats, a 60/40 split-folding back seat, a front console, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, 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. Pricing starts at $43,745 (destination charge included).

Options include 19-inch wheels, a moonroof, navigation system, front/rear park assist, LED foglamps, a performance exhaust, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. Luxury, Premium, and All-Weather option packages are available. The $2,700 Luxury package includes perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a power tilt/telescopic steering column, memory system, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Individual safety features include a pre-collision braking system with radar-based adaptive cruise control, and the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

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. An F Sport package raises the price of an RC 300 to $48,545.

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. An RC 300 is 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 seem massive.

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