Friday, February 28, 2020
Should-you-buy Should You Buy a 2018 Lexus RC 300?

Should You Buy a 2018 Lexus RC 300?

The potential for this car was through the roof. With the LF-LC and LF-CC concepts roaming the auto circuit some five or six years ago, Lexus’ latest sport coupe was going to be a knockout. The RC, which stands for “Radical Coupe”, has been all but completely snubbed by the luxury coupe buyer. How often do you spot one on the road?

When the production car hit showrooms, many were swooned by the final product’s design, far many more were disappointed and turned off. The fact of the matter is that this is a Lexus and with that name comes many high points, and a fair number of lows.

Lexus Digital Outer Mirrors on the new 2019 Lexus ES

Are high-end coupe lovers wrong to ignore Lexus’ offering or did they get it right when they went elsewhere? Read on.

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport rear
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Why you should buy a 2018 Lexus RC 300:

  • The Lexus RC is impressively refined, luxurious and solidly built
  • The cabin’s unique design is equal parts functional and alluring
  • The F Sport packages are a must. The seats, the wheels and the adaptive dampers are brilliant
  • Said dampers maintain an impressive level of comfort without sacrificing choice handling abilities
  • The RC 350 strikes a lovely balance between performance and luxury. The RC F’s 5.0-litre V8 is a beautiful piece of kit

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport side
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Why you should not buy a 2018 Lexus RC 300: 

  • A BMW 440i Coupé with xDrive retails for $6,000 less and an Audi S5 Coupé is about $3,000 less expensive than an RC 350 which sports a $64,570 sticker price. The A5 Coupé is $3,000 cheaper and the 430i xDrive Coupé is priced a few dollars from the RC 300’s $51,520 price tag
  • The RC’s styling is far too polarizing. The German cars and the Infiniti Q60 are attractive. The RC is not, at least in my opinion
  • The tested RC 300 is disturbingly uninspiring to drive. The 3.5-litre V6 feels choked and helpless. As well, the V6 moans constantly
  • Remote Touch. Remote Touch. Remote Touch. This is the worst offending unpleasant UI tool on the market
  • As a Lexus, the RC does not project the same youthful image as the German cars do

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport dashboard
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Conclusion:

The conclusion is easy enough: do not buy/lease an RC 300, or an IS 300 for that matter. Lexus made a mistake when they decided to de-tune the 3.5-litre V6 for the AWD “300” cars instead of improving upon the turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine currently available in the RWD IS 300.

The RC 300 tries to be as cool as the other kids in the school yard but simply can’t deliver the goods. It might wear a designer jacket like the others but it’s tailored all wrong. And then there’s trying to communicate with the car through Remote Touch…

Unfortunately, all other options in this narrow segment are more interesting in nearly every respect. The RC F is an exception based solely upon the normally aspirated V8. As refined as the RC is, it’s not for the younger professional looking to let his or her hair down once in a while. I’ll leave it at that.

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport badge
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport trunk
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport engine
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport side
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport rear seats
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport steering wheel
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport console
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport remote touch
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport heated steering wheel
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport front
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport wheel
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport rear
2018 Lexus RC 300 AWD F-Sport | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Trending Now

400 horsepower for the next Subaru WRX STi?

The next Subaru WRX STI could develop as much as 400 hp; Reports are saying it will be powered by the turbocharged 2.4-litre...

World Premiere of BMW Concept i4 Will Be Virtual

With the news that the Geneva Motor Show is canceled, BMW has decided to virtually introduce the car. The World Premier will take...

There’s A New Jeep Grand Cherokee Coming Our Way This Year

Ralph Gilles drops the hint in a Facebook Live session for FCA. The new Grand Cherokee may ride on Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform...

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupe Revealed

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE S 4MATIC+ Coupe to get 603-hp, twin-turbo V8 EQ Boost system provides 21 hp and 183 lb.-ft. of temporary muscle ...

First Images of the Mercedes-Benz EQA Released

First images of the all-new Mercedes-Benz EQA were released; The shape reminds us of the GLA; Mercedes-Benz is currently testing it in Sweden. We...
Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,400 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.