2021 Lexus RC vs. Its Competition

2021 Lexus RC F
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The only thing more endangered than the sport coupe is the V-8 engine, which makes the 2021 Lexus RC a kind of spirit unicorn with the Ford Mustang muscle car.

The 2021 Toyota Supra built in partnership with BMW is its most natural competitor.

The trio of German sports coupes are always good, with the 4-Series getting redesigned for 2021 and the C-Class to follow for 2022.

Audi kept the A5 fresh with RS performance editions and a new Sportback, but it’s overdue for an overhaul.

2021 Lexus RC F2021 Lexus RC
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2021 Audi A5 Sportback2021 Audi A5
#6 in Coupes
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2021 BMW 4-Series2021 BMW 4-Series
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 12021 Ford Mustang
#16 in Coupes
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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (AMG C63 S)2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class
#3 in Coupes
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2021 Toyota Supra2021 Toyota Supra
Quick Specs
6.0
The 2021 Lexus RC sports coupe dials up the fun while still being affordable.
7.0
Spin the bottle, hit the 2021 Audi A5 convertible, coupe, or hatchback, and you’re a winner. They’re all good-looking.
6.8
The redesigned 2021 BMW 4-Series has evolved into a technology powerhouse with wonderfully responsive powertrains, but the coupe lacks playfulness.
6.0
The 2021 Ford Mustang flips its own blue-collar script with natural agility and searing V-8 performance.
7.2
Svelte, sporty, and somewhat understated, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class should be at the top of your compact luxury sedan shopping list.
6.2
The 2021 Toyota Supra gains a less powerful, more intriguing turbo-4 edition.
MSRP From     
$42,220$41,800$45,600$27,205$41,600$43,090
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsMidsize CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsTwo Seaters
Style Name     
RC 300 RWDPremium 40 TFSI quattro430i CoupeEcoBoost FastbackC 300 Sedan2.0 Automatic (GS)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
454452
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Coupequattro SportbackCoupeFastbackSedanCoupe
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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