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2018 Lexus RC Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

The 2018 Lexus RC has one of most elegant cabins in the class. Every surface is swathed in top-shelf materials, and the build quality is excellent. The front seats are mostly comfortable, though the rear seats are cramped. There are numerous standard features, but the infotainment system, whether you have the base or upgraded system, has room for improvement.

  • "In the Lexus tradition, materials are first-rate and the fit/finish is exacting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its interior is flat-out gorgeous … Design and materials are excellent, perhaps class-leading." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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

This four-seat, two-door coupe comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Available upgrades include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, front sport seats with added support, and a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel.

The RC's front seats are generally comfortable, though you may find their thin padding makes long drives tiresome. The optional sport seats have more side bolstering to prevent you from sliding around when taking turns at speed. The back seats are only roomy enough for small children, which is typical for a coupe. The RC's doors are long, which can make it challenging to get into and out of the car in tight spaces.

  • It's a 2-door coupe, which means the 2018 Lexus RC has long doors, which can be an issue in tight parking spaces. It seats four as long as the rear-seat passengers are small and don't mind cramped quarters. Up front the seats are comfortable in all trims and feature extra bolstering in RC Sport and RC F models …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Space for passengers and stuff is merely OK." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 RC 300 include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 7-inch display, Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, Lexus Enform Service Connect, Scout GPS Link navigation, and a rearview camera.

The Lexus Safety System+ is newly standard for 2018. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic high beam headlights.

Optional features include an upgraded 10.3-inch display, navigation, the Remote Touch controller, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The standard 7-inch screen can be hard to see, as it's placed too far back in the dash. The optional 10.3-inch screen is a nice improvement over the standard system, though it comes with the Remote Touch controller, which is overly sensitive and can be cumbersome to use. Audiophiles should spring for the Mark Levinson audio system, which delivers exceptional sound quality.

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  • The new much larger 10.3-inch infotainment screen is wonderful, but the touch pad and joystick interface, although improved, can still be frustrating to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the cabin's unusual touchpad-based infotainment controller in navigation-equipped models is overly distracting to use." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "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 RC has one of the smallest cargo capacities in the class, with only 10.1 cubic feet of trunk room. Standard split-folding rear seats in all but RC F models give you the option to haul some long objects. There are few small-item storage spaces in the cabin.

  • "With a smallish trunk, limited cabin storage options and a fixed-in-place rear seatback, practicality takes a hit. The 10.4-cubic-foot trunk is small for a coupe. The RC F loses the 60/40-split folding backseat of its lesser RC stablemates and gets a small center pass-through instead." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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)
  • "The RC suffers from a lack of storage." -- Left Lane News (2015)

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