If the "car world" was the jungle, then the 2018 Lexus RC would be the Lioness. At first glance, this car will attract you with its pretty face. Don't worry, you will be forgiven for turning your head every time it passes you by. This vehicle is very similar to the performance-oriented RCF. Although it is available with three separate engines, none of them offer outstanding performance; the engines include two naturally aspirated V-6s and a turbo inline-four. This Lexus still lacks smartphone integration via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. However, it has standard active safety features like adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking. Lexus enthusiasts will not like this, but the truth is that this vehicle is generally not competitive when compared to its updated classmates who offer both substance and style. It's unfortunate that its good run ends with at the good looks.
Does the 2018 Lexus RC come with any new features?
The 2018 Lexus RC shares the name RC300 with the all-wheel-drive, V-6-equipped model having dropped the RC200t name. This vehicle still features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The V-6-powered the RC350 and RC300 have been boosted with a horsepower of 5; they now produce 311 hp and 260 hp respectively.
The RC's Enform infotainment suite has been improved with a number of new features such as, a new onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, a larger 10.3-inch display for trims that have navigation as well as an improved voice recognition system. The F Sport trims have gotten rid of 2017's orange-hued Molten Pearl color and replaced it with Flare Yellow; they also come with a customizable drive mode. The Lexus also comes with several safety features that are standard for all trim levels; they include automatic high-beam headlamps, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.
Which features are available?
Some of the features that come with the 2018 Lexus RC include Enform Service Connect which notifies the driver when the RC is due for service as well as providing an alert also specific your dealership (if you opt-in). You will get the larger 10.3-inch screen if you choose the available navigation system.
The vehicle also has some quality safety features like Intelligent High Beam (IHB), Pre-Collision System (PCS), High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist. In addition to the above, Scout GPS Link is available for a three-year trial period while Wi-Fi and Enform Destination Assist can be accessed for free for one year.
What are the pros and cons of the 2018 Lexus RC?
Well, you will definitely fall in love with the spacious front seats, plush ride and the gorgeous exterior of this car. However, it performs poorly when it comes to its lackluster acceleration, infuriating infotainment touchpad and cramped rear seat. Our verdict is that this luxury coupe has a lovely design but its performance needs to be improved further.
So who are the competitors of the 2018 Lexus RC?
The 2018 Lexus RC will be receiving a run for its money from rivals such as Cadillac ATS-V, Audi S5, the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe.
What else should I know?
The 2018 model comes with fresh driving modes F Sport models, including Sport S+, which has Custom, which allows you to tinker with suspension and powertrain settings. It also tunes the Adaptive Variable Suspension to achieve the finest handling. The vehicle has luxury features and such as advanced safety tech like forward-collision warnings, brightly colored leather trim and high-watt audio system. The IIHS has awarded the Lexus with a Top Safety Pick+ rating thanks to its many active safety features.