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2015 Lexus RC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Lexus RC was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The automotive press praises the 2015 Lexus RC for having a stylish interior made of top-quality materials with a futuristic, yet understandable, layout. They think the RC has a wide array of features, but some critics find that the remote touchpad can make using the infotainment system difficult.

  • "Moreover, the RC is very well equipped, offering supportive bucket seats, a high-end sound system, top-notch fit and finish and an available infotainment system with updated track pad and a suite of Lexus apps." -- Left Lane News
  • "What Is the Interior Like? In a word, inviting. Glove-soft leather appears to cover nearly every surface, and the layout is at once accessible and forward-looking. There's a hint of LFA in the design of the console and instrument cluster, and it makes for a refreshingly progressive cabin theme that doesn't impede functionality. Isolation from wind and road roar is very effective to boot." -- Edmunds
  • "The seams and panels match nicely, and the RC 350 offers multiple trim options--wood, piano black, metal, carbon-fiber weave and a carbon pattern that looks like chipboard plywood, only cool." -- Autoweek

Seating

The 2015 Lexus RC 350 seats four on standard leatherette upholstery. Heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel are available. Automotive journalists report that the RC’s firm front seats offer substantial leg- and headroom, while the rear seats do not, and are only suitable for children, though this is common for a coupe. They note that the cabin is quiet at speed, but that rear visibility is lacking.

  • "We'd call the 2015 Lexus RC comfortably snug. Though it technically seats four passengers, the rear is very tight for adults, and the coupe's sloping roof is attractive on the outside but skull-scraping within. The situation is much improved up front where it counts. The seats are comfortable in all trims and feature extra bolstering in RC 350 F Sport and RC F models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "For the front occupants, comfort levels are ample. Sumptuous takes second place to supportive, if anything, but that's a positive when taking a corner with gusto. There's a slight shortage of headroom and legroom in the back seat, but hopefully more often than not, children will be sitting back there." -- AutoTrader
  • "But perhaps the most impressive part about the RC 350 and RC F is that when you get them off a race track, they're as quiet and comfortable as you'd expect a Lexus to be." -- Left Lane News
  • Up front, there's plenty of head and leg room even for taller folks. Visibility is fairly good to the front and sides, but it's downright poor to the rear corners; oddly a rearview camera is optional - not standard - though rear-obstacle detection is included in the base price." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2015 Lexus RC comes standard with push-button start, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auxiliary port, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system with a 7-inch display screen, a rearview camera, HD Radio, satellite radio, voice recognition and Siri Eyes Free, which allows you to make calls and retrieve messages with a compatible iPhone without looking away from the road. Available features include a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system with 17 speakers, navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, Lexus’ Enform smartphone app integration and an infotainment system with a remote touchpad used to control the audio, navigation and vehicle settings.

While a few auto writers like the infotainment system for how simple it is to understand, most critics think the remote touchpad is difficult to use without looking away from the road. Some reviewers add that the display is embedded so far back into the center stack that the bottom of the screen can be blocked off by the top of the dashboard when not sitting high enough.

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  • "Current electronic interfaces come down to taste or conditioning as much as anything, but the RC 350's is relatively easy to master. We like it more than many, in the functional sense." -- Autoweek
  • "Our one complaint is that the 7-inch screen is set back and slightly recessed, so the leading edge of the dash is higher than the bottom of the screen. This could hide information along the screen's lowest section, depending on how high the driver sits." -- AutoTrader
  • Its multimedia screen is integrated nicely into the dash and is controlled via Lexus' latest interface, a touch-sensitive pad on the center console that takes some getting used to." -- Edmunds
  • "While the IS sedan's console controller is the same type of haptic-feedback ‘mouse’ used in most other Lexus vehicles, the RC coupes we drove used a higher-tech touchpad that functions much like a smartphone screen. Trouble is, both controllers suffer the same problem: that being the difficulty in guiding the pointer to the right place on the screen without a long look from the road. Part of the problem is that the pointer movement lags behind your finger movement, so you often overshoot the mark you wanted to hit." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The 2015 Lexus RC 350 has 10.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is slightly below average compared to what other coupes in the class have. Automotive journalists write that although the cargo area is small, the RC has standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats that make the space more useful for packing long items. They report that interior storage space is minimal.

  • The trunk is a fairly tight 10.4 cubic feet. On the positive side, folding rear seatbacks expand the space for stuff." -- Autoweek
  • "The RC suffers from a lack of storage, but that's par for the course in this segment." -- Left Lane News
  • "Storage space is likewise limited. … Cargo space can be expanded by folding the rear seat backs, but doing so leaves about a 6-inch-high ‘step,’ so large boxes can't just be slid forward; as such, it's really more useful for long, light items such as skis. By the same token, interior storage is somewhat meager, with just a decent-sized 2-tiered glovebox, a smallish console box with Aux, 12-volt, and dual USB plugs, and narrow map pockets in the doors." -- Consumer Guide

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