2016 Lexus RC 350 (Review)

2016 Lexus RC 350 Front

Quick and fun to drive, the 2016 Lexus RC 350 may not be the most practical, but it is definitely a sporty, stylish, luxury 2-door coupe with a lot more to offer than an average sports car.

For 2016, two new and exciting models have been added to the lineup- the RC 200t, which features a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and the RC 300, which features a 3.5-liter V6 engine.  Also new is the addition of Lexus Enform Service Connect and F Sport varieties which now offer performance dampers and a limited-slip differential as standard features for the RC 200t and optional for the RC 350 F Sport.

The RC comes with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and is available in three distinct models- RC 200t, RC 300, and RC 350.

The base RC 350 features a 3.5-liter V6 and produces an impressive 306 horsepower and 277 lb. ft. of torque that can be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel-drive or a 6-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel-drive. The RC 350 yields an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with rear-wheel drive and 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with all-wheel drive. The RC 200t features a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower, 258 lb. ft. of torque, and yields 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. It comes with rear-wheel drive and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The RC 300 is equipped by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 255 horsepower, 236 lb. ft. of torque, and yields an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. It is only available with all-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2016 Lexus 350 Side

Standard features for all RC trims include- dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch wheels with all-season tires, heated side mirrors, LED headlights and taillights, keyless entry/ignition, selectable drive modes, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, a 10-way power driver seat, Bluetooth, an 8-way power passenger seat, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, real wood and aluminum trim, a 60/40-folding rear seat with armrest, voice controls, a 7-inch color display, a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, HD radio, iPod/USB connectivity, and Lexus Enform Service Connect.

There are also a variety of packages with optional features that can be added to the three trims. The Premium package adds auto-dimming side mirrors, heated and ventilated front seats, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Luxury package adds the aforementioned features plus perforated leather upholstery, driver memory settings automatic wipers, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and the The All-Weather package offers headlight wipers, a supplementary electric cabin heater, and a windshield wiper de-icer.

A Navigation package adds upgraded voice controls, a console-mounted touchpad controller, navigation system, and smartphone app integration that includes Yelp, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Destination Search while the Mark Levinson Navigation package adds a 17-speaker sound system.

The F Sport package adds sportier features, such as bigger 19-inch wheels, a mesh grille, perforated leather upholstery and trim, sport front seats, a distinctive front fascia, a unique instrument cluster, adaptive sport-tuned suspension dampers, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and driver memory settings.

Standard safety features for all 2016 Lexus RC trims include- traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, front knee airbags and side curtain airbags, roadside assistance, a stolen-vehicle locator, one-year subscription to Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and an emergency telematics system with collision notification.

The interior of the 2016 Lexus RC 350 is upscale and impeccable with a beautifully styled cabin consisting of attractive, high-quality materials throughout the multi-tiered cockpit. There is ample head and leg room in the front cabin, but similar to other coupes, the rear feels a bit snug. The front seats are comfortable, supple, supportive, and thick padding shelters the sides of the center console, upper dashboard, and armrests. The audio and climate buttons, knobs, and controls are easy to use and are within arm’s reach, except for the computerized touchpad controller, which takes some practice and time to get used to. It is the the main way for selecting and operating the navigation and audio functions.

The exterior of the RC 350 is definitely a head turner with its sleek lines and sloped roofline, especially in the brilliant blue color, which I love!

Cargo space is small, but average for its class, measuring 10.4 cubic feet. More space is available when the 60/40-split folding rear seats are folded down flat.

On the road, the RC 350 provides an amazingly quiet and smooth driving experience with little wind and road noise. Performance is strong, braking is accurate, body roll is minimal, acceleration is quick, and the RC 350 maneuvers around tight corners with great ease, proving that it is one of the best entry-level luxury sport coupes available.

The RC has a starting MSRP of $42,780, so if you are looking for a quick, fun to drive, full powered, smooth, and affordable high performance luxury sport coupe, then the RC 350 is a great choice. It is the perfect combination of features, performance, price, and is worth taking a look at.

To find out more about the 2016 Lexus RC 350, please visit- www.Lexus.com

 

 

 

1480530575757Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

 

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