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2019 Lexus RC 350

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$44,075 — $52,400 MSRP
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Coupe
4 Seats
21-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 6 reviews

The Good

  • Good visibility for a coupe
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Available adaptive suspension
  • Base multimedia system
  • V-8 sound (RC F)
  • Driftable rear (RC F)

The Bad

  • Inconsistent interior quality
  • Snug backseat
  • Touchpad interface
  • Lack of cabin storage
  • Transmission hesitation (RC F)
2019 Lexus RC 350 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Lexus RC 350
  • Updated front and rear styling
  • Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • Four-seat coupe
  • Wi-Fi hot spot connectivity
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • High-performance RC F available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Lexus RC?

The 2019 Lexus RC is a luxury sports coupe that seats up to four. There are three engine choices: The rear-wheel-drive RC 300 uses a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the all-wheel-drive RC 300 is powered by a 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Rear- and all-wheel-drive versions of the RC 350, meanwhile, get a 311-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. The high-performance rear-wheel-drive RC F is powered by a 467-hp, 5.0-liter V-8.

Rear-wheel-drive versions use an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive versions have a six-speed automatic. The RC competes with the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series and Cadillac ATS.

What's New on the 2019 Lexus RC?

Exterior changes include revised front and rear styling while the cabin gets some trim changes. Suspension and power-steering tuning has been updated, and the turbo four-cylinder's control unit has been reprogrammed for optimized response, according to Lexus. Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity and Amazon Alexa integration are now standard.

The RC F gets a new limited-edition 10th Anniversary Special Edition that features matte-gray paint, blue Brembo brake calipers, black 19-inch forged BBS wheels, blue leather interior trim and blue carbon fiber accents. Only 240 will be available in the U.S.

What Features in the 2019 Lexus RC Are Most Important?

Standard convenience features include push-button start, dual-zone air conditioning, power-adjustable heated front seats and a 60/40-split, folding backseat. Options include a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a power moonroof, navigation and a Mark Levinson premium stereo.

Standard active safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high-beam headlights. Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is available.

Should I Buy the 2019 Lexus RC?

Good visibility and a roomy front cabin are highlights of the RC, but like a lot of coupes the backseat is snug. We're also not fans of Lexus' touchpad-based multimedia interface. The high-output RC F provides some thrills but isn't as entertaining as you might expect for a top performance model.

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

You just can’t beat the RC’s refinement and luxury

by Car Enthusiast from San Diego on September 2, 2019

Had a loaded 2015 RC 350 F-Sport, then went into an IS. Awesome car. The 2019 refresh is beautiful. Seriously considering it. Interior and exterior are extremely well done. No detail overlooked. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I have ever owned.

by Craig V from Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 15, 2019

This isn’t just the best car I have owned, it’s the best car I have ever driven. It’s not for everyone, as the back seat is there, but not a lot of room for larger people, and not easy to get in/out ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Lexus RC 350 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Lexus RC 350 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RC 350 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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