2015 Lexus RC vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The RC measures up with the likes of the BMW 4-Series, Audi A5, and upcoming 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe.

It'll be a tough competitive set right from the star, but the RC fares considerably better than the former IS-C.

The 4-Series is a 3-Series coupe in all but name; in M4 trim, it's a fantastic track machine.

The Audi A5 is now the old one in the bunch—although its interior appointments are still the benchmark in this group.

The 2015 Cadillac ATS is an especially formidable, sporty rival to the RC, with an edgier personality in base versions.

Finally the Mercedes C-Class Coupe carries over in its former body style for another year.

It's a good alternative to base RC models, but the newest AMG versions are yet to come.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2015 Lexus RC Coupe takes the brand in a racier—yet still sensible—direction; and it's one of the best-looking Lexus models yet.
8.6
The Audi A5 coupe and convertible are sleek and supple, but make the most sense in their S and RS guises.
8.2
The 2015 BMW 4-Series Coupe and Convertible build on the bones of the 3-Series sport sedan, with comparable performance but a little more flesh and flair.
8.8
The 2015 Cadillac ATS hits all the right marks in handling, performance, quality, comfort, and technology.
8.6
Forget this model's recent past; the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class takes a half-step up in size and a full step ahead of its peer set in sophistication -- and it's now one very charming luxury car.
MSRP From    
$42,790$40,000$40,300$33,215$38,400
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsCompactCompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe RWD2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige4-Door Sedan 428i RWD Gran Coupe4-Door Sedan 2.5L Standard RWD4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
44555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style    
Coupequattro CoupeHatchbackSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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