RC 300

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2018 Lexus RC 300 Overview

The 2018 Lexus RC 300 artfully blends performance and luxury in an attractive coupe silhouette. For 2018, the RC 300 gets new standard technology and a light bump in power.

Overall, the RC 300 features an attractive coupe profile, eye-catching design elements like a large spindle grille, and split-headlight design. The RC 300 comes standard with 18-inch wheels, LED head- and taillights, and integrated LED puddle lights. The F Sport version of the RC 300 adds various aerodynamic elements and performance upgrades.

The cabin of the RC 300 blends swooping lines with straight edges. The center console rises to the driver’s hand and features the innovative Lexus Remote Touch controller. It operates like a trackpad or a mouse, and it controls the large central infotainment screen. An available navigation system upgrades this to a larger 10.3-inch screen and includes the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

The engine in the RC 300 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This base engine replaces the RC 200t from last year, a model that has been phased out. Power with the rear-wheel drive (RWD) model is sent through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The RC 300 all-wheel drive (AWD) comes standard with a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder making 260 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque—a 5-hp bump over the 2017 model. This engine sends power to all wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The RC 300 can get from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 143 mph; the RC 300 AWD will do the same run in 6.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 130 mph.

The F Sport is primarily an appearance package, but it does include some performance-oriented hardware, including a limited-slip rear differential, slightly larger brakes, and the Variable Gear Ratio Steering system.

The base RC 300 returns fuel economy of 22 mpg city, 32 highway, and 26 combined. The AWD model returns 18, 24, and 21 combined.

The RC 300 comes with a host of safety features, including a full array of front- and side-impact airbags, vehicle-stability control, and traction control. It also comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes pre-collision system, lane-departure alert, and adaptive cruise control.

Base MSRP for the 2018 Lexus RC 300 is $40,640 for a RWD model. The AWD option brings the price to $43,330. An RC 300 F Sport starts at $44,745, while an RC 300 F Sport AWD starts at $47,070. Any model delivers plenty of style and technology for the price.


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