2017 Lexus RC vs. Its Competition

2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The RC faces a tough competitive set, but it's far more capable of meeting the challenge than previous efforts from Lexus.

The benchmark-setting BMW 4-Series is sleek and athletic.

The Audi A5 is now the old one in the bunch—although its interior is still top notch.

The Cadillac ATS has an even edgier personality in base variants, and is a serious rival to the RC.

The Mercedes C-Class Coupe is a good alternative to base RC models, but can get pricier.

It's elegant, especially inside.

Infiniti's Q60 is a very stylish outlier, though without the performance pedigree of many of its rivals.

2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport2017 Lexus RC
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2015 Audi A52017 Audi A5
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2017 BMW M42017 BMW 4-Series
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2017 Cadillac ATS-V2017 Cadillac ATS
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Quick Specs
All Lexus RC models offer engaging dynamics and plenty of style, though this sporty coupe could stand to drop a few pounds and its base engines aren't up to snuff.
The Audi A5 coupe and convertible are sleek and supple, providing relaxed yet sporty dynamics in a tidy package.
The 2017 BMW M4 is a near-perfect performance coupe that can be hugely rewarding to competent drivers.
A legitimate sports car in a sedan or coupe body, the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V rewards drivers with exceptionally polished handling and performance, making it truly in the league with Germany's best.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds to the impressive roster with a convertible version this year and a newly minted AMG C43 version. Bavaria is even better now.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
RC Turbo F Sport RWD2.0 TFSI Sport Manual430i Gran Coupe SULEV4-Door Sedan 2.0L RWDC 300 Sedan with Sport Pkg
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Coupequattro CoupeHatchbackSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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