2022 Lexus RC vs. Its Competition

2022 Lexus RC
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The Lexus RC competes well with Germany’s Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz trio.

It’s not quite as suave as the Audi A5, but it has more personality.

The BMW 4-Series delivers thrilling performance, albeit with controversial styling.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is slick in almost every way, though you’ll pay a big price for its refinement.

Don’t discount the Ford Mustang, which in higher trims feels almost like a proper luxury car—with performance to spare.

Lexus sibling Toyota offers up the swoopy, BMW-lite Supra, too, if you’re seeking edgier performance.

2022 Lexus RC2022 Lexus RCGet Your Price2022 Audi A52022 Audi A5
#3 in Coupes
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2022 BMW 4-Series Competition Coupe Angular Front Exterior View2022 BMW 4-Series
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2022 Ford Mustang Coastal Limited Edition2022 Ford MustangGet Your Price2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2022 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2022 Toyota Supra A91-CF Edition2022 Toyota Supra
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Quick Specs
6.0
The 2022 Lexus RC has big V-8 ambitions of lap times, but the turbo-4s are better at cruising.
7.2
The 2022 Audi A5 and S5 thrill drivers with a beautiful shape and sublime-to-ferocious performance.
6.0
The 2022 Ford Mustang performs in any guise, but it’s hard to beat a 5.0-liter V-8 and a manual transmission.
The 2022 Mercedes C-Class pares down its lineup and plumps up with lots of screens and mild-hybrid performance.
6.2
The 2022 Toyota Supra is powerful and agile with either of its turbocharged engines.
MSRP From     
$42,470$43,500$45,200$27,205$42,000$43,290
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 / 31 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 Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsTwo Seaters
Style Name     
RC 300 RWDPremium 40 TFSI quattro430i Gran CoupeEcoBoost FastbackC 300 Sedan2.0 Automatic (GS)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
455452
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Coupequattro SportbackHatchbackFastbackSedanCoupe
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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