When the current generation Lexus IS 350 came to market a couple years ago, most critics and reviewers expected it to be a low-volume car bested by BMW’s 3-Series. Then two top automotive magazines picked the Lexus IS 350 as the best of its class. Oh, and sales have about doubled, pushing it to the number two sales spot in the segment. Now it is déjà vu all again, with a respected automotive publication choosing the new Lexus RC sports coupe over BMW and Audi.
For those not following US News Automotive section, it is now an on-line only publication. It is also rather unique in that its team of professional journalists use other outlets’ reports to come up with winners and rankings. This most recent ranking by US News put the all-new 2015 Lexus RC 350 and RCF ahead of other “upscale” vehicles in its price range. Nobody that has driven the new RC will be surprised, but those owners of German sporty cars might be.
Speaking of the 2015 Lexus RC coupe US News said, “…2015 Lexus RC has a good balance of luxury and performance. Standout features include excellent handling, a smooth ride and a high-quality interior.” Commenting on the RCF, US News said, “The high-performance Lexus RC F comes with a V8 engine that automotive journalists say has outstanding power, as well as tight steering and agile handling.” About the interior of the RC US News said, “Critics think the 2015 Lexus RC has a stylish interior made of top-quality materials. They find that the RC 350 has comfortable front seats, but cramped back seats, as well as a small trunk for the class.”
The US News story also linked to three other major publications that had good opinions of the new 2015 RC coupe.
Main story Image courtesy of Paul Dergarabedian, Facebook Lexus RC Club member and contributor. Smaller images from Patrick Rall's recent test of the RC 350 F Sport