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2016 Lexus RC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lexus RC was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

Reviewers praise the 2016 Lexus RC for its attractive cabin, which they say is made of high-quality materials. The front seats are comfortable and supportive but the back seats are cramped. Critics also think the infotainment system's remote touch controller is difficult to use. Trunk space is tight for a small coupe.

  • "The cabin area is all right as far as luxury sports cars go -- not too racy, not too posh." -- AutoWeek
  • "Carried over in all versions is the lovely cabin, which owes nothing to its German rivals in terms of style. As is common with Lexus vehicles, it's replete with high-quality materials and includes terrifically comfortable yet well-bolstered front seats." -- Edmunds
  • "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 [an] updated track pad and a suite of Lexus apps." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Lexus RC 350 seats four and comes standard with leatherette upholstery. Heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel are available. While most reviewers find the RC's front seats to be comfortable and supportive, others say that they can be a tight fit for some. Reviewers agree that the back seats can only comfortably accommodate a pair of children, which isn't unusual for a small coupe.

  • The 2016 RC is definitely snug, but it's comfortable, at least up front. There are four seatbelts, but in reality the rear seat is way too small for adults, and even anybody older than a toddler. Up front is a much different story. The seats are comfortable in all trims and feature extra bolstering in RC Sport and RC F models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Most drivers should find the front seats impressively supportive yet supple, but those with larger frames might feel slightly snug, particularly in the F Sport's thickly bolstered chairs. Like those of many coupes, the rear seats are very short on legroom and best left for kids or cargo. Headroom back there isn't much better." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats didn't have enough bolstering to keep me in place while ripping around on a track, but they also don't have enough padding or support to make long drives comfortable. Around town, it isn't too bad, but don't expect to take a long haul without feeling the soreness in your back." -- AutoWeek
  • "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 (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 Lexus RC comes standard with push-button start, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, satellite radio, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free iPhone capability and a 10-speaker audio system with a 7-inch display screen.

Optional features include a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, 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.

Reviewers agree that the optional remote touchpad infotainment controller, which operates like a computer mouse, is distracting for drivers and tricky to use. Some critics also note that the screen is recessed deep into its housing in the center stack, which can make it difficult to see from a low seating position. Others praise the quality of the optional Mark Levinson sound system.

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  • "[T]he cabin's unusual touchpad-based infotainment controller in navigation-equipped models is overly distracting to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats and the infotainment system are the weakest links on the RC 350's interior. Lexus has managed to go to digital screens on most of its current production infotainment -- which would almost be impressive, if it wasn't so hard to work with. In place of a screen you can touch, the RC has a little touchpad on the center console, like one would find on a laptop computer. It wasn't very easy to get used to." -- AutoWeek
  • "People have traded in their CDs for iPods, but they still want high-quality sound. The 2016 Lexus RC makes it a reality through the use of its optional Mark Levinson system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Lexus RC has 60/40 split-folding rear seats and 10.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than what other coupes in the class have. Some reviewers are disappointed by the RC's trunk space, though others say it has decent room for some larger items. A few critics caution that interior storage space for small items is minimal.

  • "And for a coupe, it has a great amount of trunk space, especially with the seats down. It was enough to stash a dresser and some other Ikea goods, though not much more." -- AutoWeek
  • As far as carrying stuff, the RC's trunk provides 10.4 cubic feet of capacity, an average figure. It's expandable via the 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks." -- Edmunds
  • The RC suffers from a lack of storage, but that's par for the course in this segment." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "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 … and narrow map pockets in the doors." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

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