2022 Lexus RC
Trims and Performance
The 2022 Lexus RC is a performance-oriented two-door offered in a quartet of trim levels: 300, 300 F Sport, 350, and 350 F Sport. With rear-wheel drive, the 300 and 300 F Sport get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 241 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. If all-wheel drive is ordered, there’s an automatic upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 260 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. The 350 versions also come with a 3.5-liter V6, but it produces 311 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is supplied in the RWD models, while the AWD ones are given a six-speed.
According to the EPA’s official estimates, the RWD 300 and 300 F Sport achieve 21 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway; this changes to 19 city/26 highway with AWD. The AWD 350s also return 19 city/26 highway, but with RWD they achieve 20 city/28 highway.
Amenities According to Trim Level
The base-level 300 is well stocked with LED headlights and taillights, proximity entry with push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a color multi-information display, perforated synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power-adjustable front seats, two USB ports, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback. The RC 350 gets the same standard features, but its engine is upgraded to the 311 hp 3.5-liter V6, as explained in the prior section.
The 300 F Sport flaunts a more aggressive figure and adds some track-inspired enhancements, like stronger brake pads, an adaptive variable suspension, aluminum pedals, sport bolstered front seats, a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, active noise control technology, G force and turbo boost displays, performance instrumentation with a sliding bezel, and a Sport+ drive mode. Not only that, but it also receives rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, and position memory settings for the driver’s seat, side mirrors, and steering wheel. A limited-slip differential is available. Each trim also gets an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, voice recognition, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 10-speaker sound system. The 350 F Sport is equipped the same, save for the engine upgrade to the 311 hp 3.5-liter V6.
All versions of the 2022 RC come with Lexus Safety System+, which contains a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, high-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and intelligent high beams. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard as well, and active parking assist is available across the board.
Lexus offers a series of equipment-rich packages for the RC. The Premium Package (which is available for the 300 and 350) will add heated and ventilated front seats, position memory settings, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. The All-Weather Package (offered for every trim) contains a windshield wiper de-icer, headlight washers, water-repellent front door glass, and a fast-response interior heater. For technology upgrades, there’s the basic Navigation Package, which adds navigation with a 10.3-inch touchscreen and dynamic voice recognition. The Mark Levinson Navigation Package gets those features along with a high-end 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and machined aluminum control knobs. A few standalone add-ons are offered as well. They include a heated steering wheel, a moonroof, premium triple-beam LED headlights, and dynamic rear steering (for the RWD 350 F Sport).