2021 Lexus RC 350

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2021 Lexus RC 350 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 17, 2021

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The 2021 Lexus RC 350 comes in two trims, the drivetrain being the differentiating factor. The AWD costs $2,000 more than the regular RWD. The RWD version of the 2021 Lexus RC 350 is priced at an MSRP of $45,150. Lexus carries forward its Elegant offering with several features added for the 2021 iteration. Equipped with a 3.5L V6 the Lexus RC 350 generates 311 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Lexus RC 350

On the inside, it is equipped with a Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, Dual-zone climate control with interior air filters, smog sensor, and automatic recirculation mode, and a lot more. With competition brewing from the 2021 Infiniti Q60, the 2021 Audi S5 Coupe Quattro, and the 2021 BMW 4-Series, let’s find out if the 2021 Lexus RC 350 is ready for the challenge that awaits.

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Pros

Buttery smooth V6

Impeccably refined and quiet

High-quality interiors

Very reliable

Cons

Infotainment system is dated and can be tedious to control

Trunk space is sub-par

Rear seats are useless

What's New?

The Lexus RC 350 remains unchanged for 2021 model year


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45050

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

170 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

311 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

280 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

15/13.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

107.5 in.

length

185 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

54.9 in.

curb weight

3748 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

83.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

2800 lbs.

payload capacity

1080 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/28 mpg

highway range

487.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes



Trims

Base $45,050 onwards

311 hp @ 6600 rpm | 3.5 L | V6 | premium unleaded

  • 18" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • 18” Split-5-Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • 450W Premium Audio System w/ 10 Speakers
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • All door remote Keyless Entry
  • Bi-LED Headlamps, LED Taillamps & Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Lexus Multimedia System with 7-inch color multimedia display
  • Nuluxe Interior Trim
  • Perforated NuLuxe interior trim
  • Scout GPS Link with MapStream and TurnStream
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
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Colors and Styles

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Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

7.7

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.6

Exterior

9.9

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

8.2

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


"One look at the 2021 Lexus RC is enough to get your engine revved up for a thrilling twisty two-lane test drive" -Caranddriver

The Lexus RC 350 carries style with substance, and most of all, a sense of reliability due to its roots. It is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 powertrain that belts out 311 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The power from the engine is tamed by an 8-speed automatic transmission. The car is offered at $45,150 with RWD as standard, and AWD can be had for $2,165 extra taking the price to $47,315 for the AWD. 

On the inside, the 2021 Lexus RC 350 offers sheer comfort and luxury, however, the rear row of seats may feel a little cramped. With its stance as one of the most cost-effective luxury performance vehicles, it garners competition from the Audi S5 Coupe, BMW 4-Series, and the Infiniti Q60.

2021 Lexus RC 350 Coupe side view

6.5/10
Pricing and Features

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.6/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

8.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 Lexus RC 350 Pricing and Features

6.5/10

"Its bodywork helps it look the part, but the RC needs more power and sharper handling to be a true contender among sports coupes." - Car and Driver

Like any luxury brand, the 2021 Lexus RC 350 is offered in a single standalone trim which encompasses all that the ride can offer in terms of features, functionality, and performance. Priced at $45,150 for the RWD, the base trim is a trusty steed that won’t let you down at any given time. If you want the AWD, then be prepared to shell out $2,165 more at $47,315. 

Overall the 2021 Lexus RC 350 has four paid packages that you can opt for. The packages are Navigation, Navigation/Mark LevinsonPremium Audio Package, Premium Package, and All-Weather Package. Like all Lexus vehicles, a performance-centric F-Sport model will also be revealed later which will be enough to satisfy the revv head in you.

Models

Lexus RC 350

MSRP (RWD)

$45,150

MSRP (AWD)

$47,315

Key Feature

18” Split-5-Spoke Alloy Wheels

 

Bi-LED headlamps and LED taillamps with DRLs

 

Drive Mode Select Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters

 

SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop

 

Dual-zone climate control with interior air filters, smog sensor, and automatic recirculation mode

 

Perforated Nuluxe interior trim

 

10-way power-adjustable and heated driver’s seat (including lumbar)

 

8-way power-adjustable and heated passenger’s seat

 

10 speaker premium sound system with HD Radio, SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth

 

Lexus Multimedia System with 7-inch color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link with MapStream and TurnStream 


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2021 Lexus RC 350 Buying Advice

While the Lexus RC 350 is a drool-worthy vehicle as-is, we recommend you get the AWD model and add the Navigation/Mark Levinson Premium Audio Package and Premium Package since they will add a horde of functionality and safety tech to the ride and make it one complete and encompassing package. 

 

2021 Lexus RC 350 Engine and Performance

7.7/10

"It's one of the rare naturally aspirated powerplants still on sale; revving it out for all its worth is enjoyable, and doing so is met with a great exhaust note." -Motortrend

Under the hood, the Lexus RC 350 is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces a decent 311 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, even the RC 300 gets the same powertrain even though the price difference is approximately $3,000. The transmission of choice is an 8-speed direct shift automatic unit that can happily tame all the power from the powertrain. The engine is capable of hitting the 60 mph mark in just 5.8 seconds.

The engine of the 2021 Lexus RC 350 coupe 

The power can be put either on the rear wheels or on all the wheels depending on your choice. You get three drive modes, normal, sport, and a new snow mode for traveling through those slippery days conveniently. The 2021 Lexus RC 350 delivers a comfortable ride with potent power. The steering delivers a good sense of the road grip as well.

Models

2021 Lexus RC 350 AWD

2021 Infiniti Q60

2021 Audi S5 Quattro

2021 BMW 4-Series xDrive

MSRP

$47,315

$41,650

$52,500

$47,600

Engine

3.5 L V6

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6

3.0L Turbo V6

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD/RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8 speed automatic

7 speed automatic

8 speed automatic

8 speed automatic

Power (hp@rpm)

311 hp@6,600rpm

300 hp@6,400rpm

349 hp@5,400rpm

255 hp@5,200rpm

Torque (lb-ft@rpm)

280 lb-ft@4,800 rpm

295 lb-ft@1,600 rpm

369 lb-ft@1,370 rpm

294 lb-ft@1,450 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.8 sec

5.4 sec

4.3 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile (seconds)

14.2 sec

13.3 sec

12.9 sec

14.2 sec

Top Speed (mph)

168 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

149 MPH

60-0 MPH (feet)

115 ft

163 ft

108 ft

162 ft

Up against its competition, the drive experience lacks to deliver. The 2021 Lexus RC 350 isn't the eager enthusiast on track, unlike its rivals, however, it does some pretty performance to offer. Audi S5 with a smaller turbocharged unit takes the top spot while the Lexus RC 350 follows in last. The Infiniti Q60 comes in at a close second spot while the BMW 4-Series misses the second spot by a split second.


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2021 Lexus RC 350 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

With an eye to luxury and performance, the Japanese have tried to keep an eye on fuel economy as well, however have failed in this aspect. The Lexus RC 350 offers 19 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined. The fuel tank is average-sized at 17.4 gallons and hence offers an average of 366 miles as its overall range.

Model

2021 Lexus RC 350 AWD 

2021 Infiniti Q60

2021 Audi S5 Quattro

2021 BMW 4-Series xDrive

MPG (City)

19

19

20

24

MPG (Highway)

26

27

28

33

MPG (Combined)

21

22

23

27

Fuel Capacity

17.4 gallons

20 gallons

15.3 gallons

15.3 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

311/452/366 miles

380/560/440 miles

306/428/352 miles

374/515/444 miles

When compared to the others, the BMW 4-Series shines thoroughly owing to a well-refined smaller-sized engine. The only caveat is that it has a smaller fuel tank as compared to the rest. The Audi S5 Quattro ranks second after the beemer, the 2021 Infiniti Q60 ranks in the third position, leaving the 2021 Lexus RC 350 behind.

The information cluster of the 2021 Lexus RC 350

The Audi S5 takes the second spot and suffers the same issue of a smaller fuel tank. The Infiniti Q60 is pegged in the third spot and thanks to its large fuel tank, it offers the best range as well. In terms of range, the 2021 Infiniti Q60 outperforms the Audi S5 Quattro. Even the Lexus leaves behind the Audi in terms of overall range, all due to its larger fuel tank. 


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2021 Lexus RC 350 Interior

6.6/10

"The RC's well-made interior is stylish, comfortable, and spacious, but only for front-seat passengers." - Caranddriver

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 has an interior that feels very posh and beautiful. The seats are wrapped in leather and the black roof has contrasting colored trims at the door and along the lines of the dashboard. The quality feels very premium, as is expected of Lexus.

2021 Lexus RC 350 Coupe front seats

The front seats are heated, spacious, and cozy, with power control seating, are comfortable with ample moving rooms, and offer a very decent field of sight for the driver. The same cannot be said for the rear seats as they are cramped and only fit for seating children at best.

Model

2021 Lexus RC 350 AWD

2021 Infiniti Q60

2021 Audi S5 Quattro

2021 BMW 4-Series xDrive

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/54.7/45.4

37.4/54.6/43.1

37/55.3/41.3

38.0/55.1/41.8

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.8/50.8/27.3

34.5/52/32.4

36.1/51.2/33.1

35.2/51.0/34.5
Cargo space (cubic feet) 10.4 8.7 10.9 12

Further, the RC 350 offers a lot of cubby spaces like spacious door pockets, cup holders, and storage in the armrest. It also offers 10.4 cu-ft of cargo space which is just about enough to carry a month of household supplies if you do use it for that purpose. The standard features of the infotainment system that you could find in the 2021 Lexus RC 350 are:

  • HD Radio
  • Satellite Radio with Real-Time Traffic
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation System
  • 10-speakers with 256 Watts output
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control
  • AUX and USB connection

The system is pretty basic but you get the option to upgrade this to a 10.3-inch navigation enabled system with a Mark Levinson sound system for an additional $2,800.


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2021 Lexus RC 350 basic Coupe shift knob
2021 Lexus RC 350 basic Coupe door control

2021 Lexus RC 350 Exterior

9.9/10

"This luxurious two-door is showing its age, but it’s still a rewarding car for people who love to drive." -Motortrend

In recent years, Lexus has made sure that its vehicles are spectacular looking. The RC 350 is no different. The large blackened spindle grille along with the sleek LED headlamps. 

2021 Lexus RC 350 Coupe side view

The sloping roofline that meets at the far end on the rear gives it a very sporty vibe and makes sure that its presence is felt anywhere it goes. It’s the exterior styling that Lexus always seems to get right. 

Model

2021 Lexus RC 350 AWD

2021 Infiniti Q60

2021 Audi S5 Quattro

2021 BMW 4-Series xDrive

Curb Weight

3891 lbs

4020 lbs

3858 lbs

3578 lbs

Length

185”

184.4”

184.7"

187.9”

Width

72.4”

72.8”

72.9"

72.9”

Height

55.1”

54.9”

54.0"

54.6"

Ground Clearance

5.3”

4.9"

4.6"

5.0"

Wheelbase

107.5”

112.2”

108.8”

112.2"

As you move to the rear, the modern taillamps with the dual exhausts give off a very Lexus LFA-inspired look to the car. That being said, in comparison to the rest, the RC 350 is of comparable weight while the Infiniti Q60 is the heaviest. The Lexus RC 350 is also the longest and tallest among the lot.


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2021 Lexus RC 350 basic Coupe right side view
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2021 Lexus RC 350 basic Coupe three quarter view
2021 Lexus RC 350 basic Coupe headlamp
2021 Lexus RC 350 basic Coupe wheel
2021 Lexus RC 350 basic Coupe headlamp

2021 Lexus RC 350 Safety

9.0/10

The Lexus RC 350 is one of the best in the business and with the factor of reliability, it has kept a wary eye out for the safety of the passengers. Like its founder, Toyota, the Lexus RC 350 comes with an elaborate safety suite that encompasses most features you would need in long-term use as well. 

2020 Lexus RC 350

The NHTSA has not tested the Lexus RC 350, but the IIHS has and granted it an overall Good rating which is the best they offer for any vehicle. So, you can rest assured that every ride will be a safe one. The safety features of the 2021 Lexus RC 350 include:

  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist

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2021 Lexus RC 350 Competition

7.0/10

2021 Lexus RC 350 vs Infiniti Q60

The Infiniti Q60 comes from the same home turf as the Lexus, Japan. Both of the vehicles are pretty reliable, however, the Infiniti Q60 is bland and underpowered in comparison to the Lexus. It is more tended towards a “tried and tested” safe approach and does not do much to excite. And with the price being higher than the RC 350, the case of the Q60 only becomes weaker. 

 2021 Infiniti Q60

2021 Lexus RC 350 vs Audi S5 Quattro

The biggest German automaker Audi has the Audi S5 Coupe competing with the Lexus RC 350. And when pitted against each other, the Lexus bites the dust. The S5 also looks pretty neat and stylish, with a much higher price tag as the only con. However, if you’re willing to pay, you will definitely not regret it.

2021 Audi S5 Quattro

2021 Lexus RC 350 vs BMW 4-Series 

The underdog of the arena is the BMW 4-Series. The coupe is decently powered, adequately spacious, and has great fuel efficiency but does not have much else to offer besides these. The design for the 2021 model is either a hit or a miss depending on your taste, and the rest is pretty much average. With the price similar to Lexus, the only upside of the 4-Series is the superb driver assistance tech and the tag of being a Bimmer. 

2021 BMW 4 Series

 

2021 Lexus RC 350 Final Verdict

8.2/10

If you’re in the market for a visually appealing and unquestionably reliable car, then the Lexus RC 350 would be a great pick. It does not soar the skies in terms of performance but offers a touch of everything in luxury, technology, class, and style for its price bracket.


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2021 Lexus RC 350 FAQs

What powers the 2021 Lexus RC 350?

The 2021 Lexus RC350 is fitted with a 3.5L V6 engine.

How much does the 2021 Lexus RC 350 cost?

The Lexus RC 350 costs $45,150 for the RWD and $47,315 for the AWD.

How is the Warranty offering of the 2021 Lexus RC 350?

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 includes the following in its warranty offering:

  • The Basic Warranty coverage is for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first. 
  • The Powertrain Warranty is for 6 years or 70,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
  • The Corrosion Perforation Warranty coverage is also for 72 months or 6 years, regardless of the mileage.
  • The Lexus Service Part Warranty is in effect for 12 months, that is 1 year, regardless of mileage, from the date the part(s) was installed on the vehicle

How much power does the 2021 Lexus RC 350 generate?

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 generates 311hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, for the AWD version.

What is the top speed of the 2021 Lexus RC 350?

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 measures a top speed of 168 mph

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