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Lexus RC 300

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/5/2016 Motor Trend Staff

One of the newest additions to the RC coupe lineup, the Lexus RC 300 distinguishes itself with standard all-wheel drive and a detuned 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 255 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the rear-drive variants of the RC coupe, the RC 300, like the RC 350, comes with a six-speed automatic transmission instead of an eight-speed unit. Fuel economy is the same as the more powerful RC 350 with all-wheel drive at 19/26 mpg city/highway.

Like the rest of the RC lineup, the RC 300 is available in an F Sport variant that comes with an adaptive variable suspension, heated and ventilated front sport seats, an LFA-inspired instrument cluster, an F Sport grille, 19-inch alloy wheels, an F Sport leather-wrapped steering wheel, silver interior trim, aluminum pedals, and F Sport brakes.

Why You'd Consider One

The Lexus RC 300 is less expensive compared to the more powerful RC 350 AWD. With all-wheel drive as standard, the RC 300 should be attractive to buyers in places where it snows and rains often.

Why You'd Look Elsewhere

Despite its lower output, the Lexus RC 300's fuel economy is no better than the more powerful RC 350 AWD. And if you don't need all-wheel drive, the entry-level RC 200t could be the right choice. However, the RC's polarizing exterior styling isn't for everyone and may cause those used to the more conservative old Lexus look to cringe at the model's angry appearance.

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