The 2018 Lexus RC 300 is a luxurious four-seater coupe that is stylish and comfortable. This is a good car for day-to-day or long-distance travel, and it offers all-wheel drive to increase traction in snowy or wet conditions. Furthermore, not much we can see as an advantage from the RC 300.
Unlike its competitors in this class, the 2018 Lexus RC 300 offers only modest performance. With a 0-60 mph acceleration time in 7.3 seconds, the RC 300 with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine is lackluster. Powered by a V6 engine and all-wheel drive, the RC 300 can sprint to 60 mph in a respectable 6.3 seconds. But regardless of the powertrain you choose, the RC 300 handling is neglected by heavy weight and disappointing infotainment system. The 2018 Lexus RC 300 does have some points for its quiet and smooth road manners. But you might be happier with rivals like the BMW 430i, Audi A5 coupe or Mercedes-Benz C300.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Lexus RC 300 is a four-seat luxury sport coupe available in two different configurations.
Standard equipment for the RC 300 include 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, LED headlights, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, simulated leather upholstery, a rearview camera, a 7-inch center display, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Standard safety features include Lexus Enform communication and remote services, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, forward collision warning and mitigation.
Several optional packages are available for the 2018 Lexus RC 300. The Premium package adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, auto-dimming side mirrors, ventilated and heated front seats. The Luxury package includes those items along with automatic wipers, driver-seat memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and perforated leather upholstery. The All-Weather package adds windshield wiper de-icer, headlight washers, a supplementary electric cabin heater and water-repellent front door windows.
Other options include a navigation system with a 10.3-inch display, upgraded voice controls, a console-mounted touchpad controller, smartphone app integration with Yelp, Destination Search, iHeartRadio and Pandora and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system (must be ordered with the navigation system).
The F Sport package adds a unique front fascia, a mesh grille, upgraded front brake pads, adaptive sport-tuned suspension dampers, 19-inch wheels with summer tires and sport front seats. Also included are driver-seat memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a special instrument cluster and a perforated leather upholstery.
Stand-alone options include blind-spot monitoring, LED foglights, a sunroof, upgraded headlights, front and rear parking sensor, a limited-slip differential (F Sport only).
The 2018 Lexus RC 300 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. In performance testing, the Lexus RC 300 with this engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in slow 7.3 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy at 26 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway).
The 2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD is backed by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 260 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. In performance testing, the Lexus RC 300 with this engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in slow 6.3 seconds. EPA fuel economy rating at 21 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway).
Lexus also adds two new driving modes for F Sport models, Sport S+ tunes the adaptive variable suspension for optimal handling and Custom that lets the driver tinker with certain powertrain and suspension settings.
The 2018 Lexus RC 300 cabin is styled with four seats trimmed with high quality materials. Dense layers cover the upper dash, armrest and even the center console side where the knees tend to be rubbed. Most drivers will find the front seat very supportive but supple. Like many coupes, the rear seat lacks legroom and headroom, and it is best suited for children or cargo.
Although the multi-tiered cockpit is unusual, it is very attractive and contemporary in its entirety, with its multilevel layout and subtle upscale touch. The climate and audio controls are sharply tilted, reinforcing the RC F sporty vibration, and buttons and knobs are generally easy to use.
To carry stuff, the 2018 Lexus RC 300 provides 10.1 cubic feet of trunks space, an average figure. It’s expandable via the 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Lexus RC 300 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the BMW 4 Series coupe, Cadillac ATS coupe and Infiniti Q60.
Official pricing will start at $40,640 for the RC 300 RWD and $44,745 for the F Sport FWD models. The RC 300 AWD start at $43,330 and $47,070 for the F Sport AWD.