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2021 RC 300 Base 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe
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Price:   -  From $42,220
2021 RC 300 Base 2dr All-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $44,910
2021 RC 350 Base 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $45,150
2021 RC 300 F SPORT 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $46,690
2021 RC 350 Base 2dr All-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $47,315
2021 RC 300 F SPORT 2dr All-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $48,865
2021 RC 350 F SPORT 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $49,620
2021 RC 350 F SPORT 2dr All-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $51,230
2021 RC F Base 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $65,975
2021 RC F Track 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $97,200

Overview

What's New

The 2021 Lexus RC continues to make an argument for the sports coupe, despite its advancing age. Entering its seventh model year, the RC is due for a redesign in the next year or two.

The 2021 model brings few changes. The biggest is the addition of extra standard safety features, but there are also new limited editions for performance variants.

Choosing Your Lexus RC

The RC comes in three basic trims: RC 300, RC 350, and RC F. Prices range from $43,145 including destination for the base RC 300 to $66,900 for the RC F.

Engine Choices

The RC offers four powertrain options delineated by trim and driven wheels. Things get complicated here – the RC 300 starts with rear-wheel drive, but adding all-wheel drive (for $2,700) brings in a de-tuned version of the RC 350’s V6. The RC F features a 5.0-liter V8.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder241 hp236 lb-ft25 mpg
3.5L V6260 hp258 lb-ft22 mpg
3.5L V6311 hp280 lb-ft23 mpg
5.0L V8472 hp395 lb-ft19 mpg

Rear-wheel-drive cars use an eight-speed automatic transmission, but all-wheel-drive models get six gears. The V8 in the RC F makes it a fearsome performance machine; fully equipped, it does the 0-60 mph sprint in under four seconds.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Lexus RC is a sports coupe – passengers and cargo are not its main priorities. It does have a back seat to seat up to four passengers, but it’s sized better for cargo than for adults.

The extra cargo space is useful, because the trunk holds only 10.4 cubic feet. Even for a coupe, that’s not great.

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Safety Features

For a sports car, the Lexus RC is a safety all-star. It comes with a comprehensive suite of safety tech, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. For 2021, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert join the list of standard features.

Parking sensors are available on every trim for $500.

Connectivity

The RC starts with a 7-inch infotainment display, but a 10.3-inch screen is available as part of a package at every trim. Neither one is touch controlled – drivers have to use a control knob or touchpad in the center console.

The upgraded infotainment system is hidden away in the Navigation Package ($1,645), which can be combined with a Mark Levinson premium audio system for another $1,080.

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RC 300 - From $43,145

The RC 300 starts with the luxury features we’d expect in this price range. In addition to the safety features, keyless entry and dual-zone automatic climate control come standard. Wheels are 18-inch alloys, and the seats are upholstered in synthetic leather.

RC 300 F Sport variants have their own listing, but it’s essentially a performance package for $4,470. This model gets aggressive accents on the outside, exclusive gauges inside, and adaptive dampers underneath.

Heated and ventilated front seats come in the Premium Package ($1,790) along with heated side mirrors and rain-sensing wipers. A moonroof is a $1,100 standalone option.

RC 350 - From $46,075

The price bump for the RC 350 goes toward the 3.5-liter V6 under the hood – trim and features mirror the RC 300. The F Sport trim adds all the same features, and all-wheel drive is still a $2,700 option.

For 2021, the RC 300 and 350 F Sport get an additional Black Line edition. These are exactly what they sound like, where black accents join 19-inch wheels and upgraded LED headlights.

RC F - From $66,900

The RC F is the speed demon of the family. In addition to the brawny V8, it gets a specially-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission, a limited-slip differential, and an adaptive sport suspension. Outside of the performance department, the RC F looks much like the other trims, with synthetic leather upholstery and the 7-inch infotainment screen to start.

Luxury features like leather upholstery and heated front seats come in the Premium Package, which costs $4,875 here. It can be combined with carbon-fiber aerodynamic elements and carbon-fiber trim for a total of $11,000.

If the RC F still doesn’t have enough performance to satisfy, the Fuji Speedway Edition takes track days to the next level. With a fixed rear wing, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a titanium exhaust, the Fuji edition is lighter, faster, and grippier. As a package, it’s more expensive than many new cars at an extra $31,225 over the RC F.

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CarsDirect Tip

The middle trim is the sweet spot in the 2021 Lexus RC lineup. The base engine is nothing to write home about, but with the V6 engine makes for a decent combination of luxury and performance.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 241 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 31 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 241 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 31 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
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
$66
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
10.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
84 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
185.0 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
54.9 "
Front Headroom
39.0 " / 37.8 "
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
3,737 Lbs.
Wheel Base
108 "
Turning Radius
17.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver F Sport Forged Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette
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
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
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
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
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
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Pre-collision System (pcs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) With Steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System (pcs) W/pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intelligent High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
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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