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8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Lexus RC Review

Despite some tech misses, the 2015 Lexus RC holds a top spot in our rankings. It is a well-rounded, fun-to-drive sports coupe with the highest safety and predicted reliability ratings in the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Muscular available V8 engine
  • Top-notch predicted reliability ratings
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation
  • Frustrating infotainment system

2015 Lexus RC Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus RC a Good Used Car?

As long as you can forgo the practicality of a four-door sedan, the Lexus RC is sure to please you. It has impressive handling and a potent available V8 engine, all from a brand known for quality and dependability.

Used 2015 Lexus RC Performance and Interior

The Lexus RC 350 features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 306 horsepower. It doesn’t pack quite the punch of its rivals, but it’s no slouch either. It returns below-average fuel economy for the class: 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Performance enthusiasts will instead prefer the track-ready RC F and its 5.0-liter V8 engine, which puts out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. With a zero to 60 mph time of 4.4 seconds, there’s no question that the rear-wheel-drive RC F is quicker than many cars on the road.

You can count on all RC models for a smooth ride and confident handling. Its steering has a nice, playful feel. Models with rear-wheel drive feature an eight-speed automatic transmission, while those with available all-wheel drive have a six-speed automatic.

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Inside, the Lexus RC employs a clean and modern design, executed with high-quality materials. Lexus’ NuLuxe leatherette upholstery and seating for four come standard, while heated and ventilated front seats and leather upholstery are available. There’s ample room up front, but the rear seats have little legroom, which is a common complaint of coupes.

Standard features include a proximity key, push-button start, automatic climate control, a recessed 7-inch display, a 10-speaker audio system, and Lexus’ Enform smartphone integration. Many models come with a touchpad controller, which makes selections via a cursor on the infotainment screen. Using it can be very distracting out on the road. Notable upgrades include a moonroof, a navigation system, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system.

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Used 2015 Lexus RC Prices

A used 2015 Lexus RC base model with rear-wheel drive costs about $36,900 on average. A model with all-wheel drive costs about $1,000 more. Demand affects prices, as does the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus RC?

The 2015 RC has the highest predicted reliability rating in its class.

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How Safe Is the RC?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 RC a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest accolade.

The RC offers a decent amount of driver assistance features. A rearview camera and a post-collision notification system come standard. Well-equipped models come with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Should I Consider Another Used RC?

Lexus introduced the RC for the 2015 model year, and – as of this writing – it has yet to see a redesign. For 2016, the RC gained a standard turbocharged four-cylinder and another available V6 engine, both of which produce less power but return better fuel economy than the previously standard V6. The 2017 Lexus RC sees few changes, aside from the addition of a new grille and newly standard suspension dampers. We suggest shopping for a used 2016 model, which offers more engine choices than the 2015.

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Which Used Lexus RC Is Right for Me?

The RC comes in two trims: the RC 350 and the RC F. For most shoppers, the RC 350 is a fine choice, as it comes with plenty of standard features, a smooth powertrain, and available all-wheel drive. The F Sport package adds a performance-tuned suspension, sport seats, high-friction brakes, and unique interior and exterior styling. If you’re looking for the thrill that can only come from a potent V8 engine, the Lexus RC F is the trim for you.

Although the RC earns high marks for reliability, you may want to consider buying a certified pre-owned model. For its CPO vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so check with your local Lexus dealer and read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2015 Lexus RC and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus RC or 2015 BMW 2 Series?

One of the RC’s toughest competitors is the BMW 2 Series, which is a more practical coupe. The 2 Series has better fuel economy and a little more rear-seat room. Like the RC, it offers athletic handling and a top-notch safety score. While the RC 350’s V6 has adequate power, the M235i’s six-cylinder has quicker acceleration off the line. If you’re looking for a fast high-performance model, the RC F is the quicker of the two. Both models feature well-made, stylish interiors, but the 2 Series has a more user-friendly infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus RC or 2015 Infiniti Q60?

Although the Infiniti Q60 delivers sharp handling and easy-to-use tech features, it pales in comparison to the RC. The Q60’s engine lineup serves up plenty of power, but it suffers from a slow-shifting automatic transmission, coarse engine noise, excessive vibration, and a rough ride with the available sport suspension. As far as commanding acceleration, the RC F outmatches anything in the Q60’s lineup. The Q60 has a dated interior and tiny trunk, and it lacks the RC’s exceptional reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus RC or 2015 Lexus IS?

Compared to the RC, the four-door Lexus IS sedan has an extra seat, more rear-seat legroom, and a larger trunk. It also earned impressive safety and reliability ratings, though they’re not as high as the RC’s. Both Lexus models share some of the same disadvantages, such as the frustrating touchpad infotainment controller and below-average fuel economy. Still, either Lexus is a solid choice at the end of the day. There are a few differences to keep in mind when making your decision. The RC has the sportier handling of the two, while the IS delivers a smoother ride. The Lexus IS has a weaker yet more fuel-efficient base engine, and it offers the RC’s V6 engine as an upgrade. There is no RC F equivalent in the IS lineup.

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