Combining excitement and performance is key in the luxury coupe segment, and the 2019 Lexus RC does just that – especially when you slap an “F” on the end. Plus, it gives buyers an alternative to the German metal clogging up your morning commute. Is this enough to make it a good option for a buyer looking for something a little different? Keep reading to find out.

Best Value

The 2019 Lexus RC doesn’t have trim levels as much as it has sub-models: RC 300, RC 350, and RC F. If you’re looking for value, the RC 300 is the way to go. This base model comes standard with plenty of upscale features, including 18-inch alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, LED headlights and taillights, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth, navigation, a rearview camera, a 10-speaker audio system, SiriusXM, and much more.

  • Model: 2019 Lexus RC 300
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 241 hp / 258 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 21 City / 30 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price:$42,170 (including the $1,025 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$42,170

Performance

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The Lexus RC is a confident performer across the board, even with its base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. But where things really start to shine is in the RC 350 and RC F models, which hit 60 mph in 5.8 and 4.4 seconds, respectively.

The RC strikes a nice balance between handling and a forgiving ride, giving the average buyer sharp handling when they want it and plenty of comfort when they don’t. Go with an F Sport or the RC F, and handling takes precedence over comfort, but it still won’t shake your guts loose.

All that performance leads to a big fuel economy penalty as even the base four-pot model only gets an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 24 combined. Move up to the RC 350 or RC F and see the fuel-economy numbers tumble to 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) and 16/25/19 mpg, respectively.

Style

The 2019 Lexus RC boasts one of the best takes on the brand’s polarizing spindle grille. Maybe it’s the low-slung roof and long hood, or maybe it’s the all-new headlights. No matter the reason, the RC looks great. Inside, the Lexus RC features a well-put-together cabin that has plenty of horizontal lines to make it look wider than it is. It also boasts tons of upscale materials and features to allow it to play the role of a luxury coupe perfectly.

If there's one thing that can mess up an interior as good as the RC’s, it’s Lexus’ finicky infotainment system and blood-boiling touchpad. Also, its 10.4-cubic-foot trunk and 27.3 inches of rear leg room make it almost useless as anything more than a couple’s weekend getaway cruiser.

The Best and Worst Things

The mighty RC F and capable RC 350 are incredible machines and combine performance and luxury at a competitive price.

That infotainment system is so bad you may want to consult a cardiologist before using it.

Right For? Wrong For?

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The RC is perfect for a childless couple looking for a fun vehicle that's fast but not rip-your-face-off aggressive like BMW M or Mercedes-Benz AMG models.

Got kids? Though it technically has a back seat and a trunk, you shouldn’t subject your children to that type of punishment.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Lexus RC is the perfect alternative to the BMW and Mercedes models clogging corporate parking lots. So, if you’re looking for something that’ll stand out, heading to the Lexus dealership and trying the RC is likely a great option.