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Pros: Lexus claims the RC was built for enthusiasts and drivers. With sculpted, aggressive body-lines, the RC is somewhat removed from the reserved look of most of the models in Lexus’ lineup. 

Cons: This is the first year of production for the Lexus RC as it is a brand new model, which usually entails kinks that need to be worked out. 

2015 Lexus RC Price and Fuel Economy: There are currently two Lexus RC models available, a sportier RWD and an AWD. 

  • 2015 Lexus RC 350 (RWD) $57,050 
  • 2015 Lexus RC 350 AWD $54,000 

Fuel ratings are similar for both models, however, the RWD version does slightly better with 12.3L/100km in the city and 8.5L/100km on the highway. Conversely, the AWD model garners 12.6L/100km in the city and 9.1L/100km on the highway, according to Lexus. 

Powertrain: Regardless of RWD or AWD, your 2015 Lexus RC comes equipped with one engine only; a 307-horsepower, 3.5L 6-cylinder (complete with an Engine Sound Generator). Two transmissions are offered, one for each model specifically. The RWD Lexus RC is equipped with an 8-speed automatic with Sport Direct Shift Control, while the AWD version features a 6-speed automatic. Both feature paddle shifters, sport mode, and sequential shift mode. 

Changes and Improvements: Every little bit about the Lexus RC is new (kind of) since this is its first year of existence. Based on the LF-CC concept, the RC is essentially a coupe version of the IS. It features a standard Lexus interior and Lexus features, so nothing really new there. However, the coupe design is new. 

Cargo Capacity: Both models feature seating for four, and a trunk that will swallow up approximately 295L of stuff. 

Safety: The 2015 Lexus RC is equipped with all manner of standard safety equipment and airbags, as well as land change assist, blind spot monitor, and rear cross traffic alert. 

Comparing the 2015 Lexus RC: Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, Cadillac CTS Coupe