Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
First things first: no, the Lexus RC coupe isn't a remote-controlled freebie salesmen give to overactive children tagging along with daddy and mommy on car buying weekend. It's instead something that's probably a bit more disappointing to the tots and a lot more tempting to the adults: a legitimately sporty two-door sports coupe. It might not have the same star power as a BMW or Mercedes-Benz two-door, but the RC certainly has the visual punch to make it a curbside celebrity and the performance to back it up, at least in V6 or V8 guise.