2018 Lexus RC vs. Its Competition

2018 Lexus RC 350 F Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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

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

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

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

Audi’s new A5 coupe has injected some folds into its smooth sheetmetal, but it’s still a high-water mark for design in this niche.

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

It's elegant, especially inside.

2018 Lexus RC 350 F Sport2018 Lexus RC
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2018 Audi A5 Sportback2018 Audi A5
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2018 BMW M42018 BMW 4-Series
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2018 Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Edition models2018 Cadillac ATS
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2018 Infiniti Q602018 INFINITI Q60
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C300 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
6.2
The Lexus RC coupes step gradually from luxury liners to engaging sport coupes.
7.5
The 2018 Audi A5 gets a hatchback body style that adds a measure of utility to go with its sleek and sporty luxury cachet.
6.8
The 2018 BMW M4 lives up to its heritage as an entertaining performance car, both on the track and your favorite twisty road.
6.8
A sports car with a more practical body, the 2018 Cadillac ATS-V represents American engineering at its very best.
7.2
The 2018 Infiniti Q60 is a luxury coupe with a knockout one-two: devastating shape and savage performance in top trims.
7.5
Very expensive and still not very large, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class nonetheless leads its luxury niche with fabulous style and fantastic power and grip.
MSRP From     
$40,640$42,600$43,300$35,495$39,950$40,250
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
RC 300 F Sport RWD2.0 TFSI Premium430i Gran Coupe4-Door Sedan 2.0L RWD2.0t PURE RWDC 300 Sedan
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
455545
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
Coupequattro SportbackHatchbackSedanCoupeSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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