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Auto review: Lexus RC sports coupe brings sporty driving and curb appeal

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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My F Sport was Infrared (slightly darker than fire truck red, $595) riding on 19-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheel with Dark Graphite finish. The dark glossy wheels and grille trim were striking without being overpowering.

An All-Weather Package ($220) added a windshield wiper de-icer, headlight washers, water-repellent front-door glass, and a fast-response interior heater. I had perfect testing conditions with cold, wet weather. An F Sport Heated Steering Wheel ($150) was also appreciated.

Plush, quilt stitched/perforated, white NuLuxe seating was enticing with the same white on door armrests and console padding. The remainder of the interior was black with white stitching, and linear-textured Dark Gray Streamline trim on door armrests and console control panel.

The front Sport seats with enhanced bolsters were supportive through even aggressive turning. Race-inspired features included an F Sport-badged steering wheel with white stitching, a perforated leather-trimmed shift knob, and aluminum sport pedals.

A combination of performance and luxury, the cockpit displayed stunning craftsmanship and artistry with a signature analog clock and expressive gauges for extra refinement.

The driver and front passenger could control their preferred temperature, while a smog-sensing system automatically switched to recirculation mode if high levels of outside pollutants were detected.


Cabin storage was limited to slim door pockets without bottle holders, two front cupholders, seatback pockets for the rear, and a small armrest bin with a 12-volt outlet, auxiliary port, and two USB ports.

The two rear seats were nicely padded, although legroom was extremely snug at 27.3 inches, and there was only a small, shallow tray between the seat cushions for small objects.

A Navigation/Mark Levinson Premium Audio Package ($2,725) brought lots of audio and driver-assist upgrades, including an 835-watt surround-sound system, 17 high-efficiency speakers including a subwoofer and Clari-Fi technology, machined-aluminum control knobs, a 10.3-inch split-screen navigation system with multimedia display, Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation, Dynamic Voice Command, Lexus Enform Destination Assist, and In-dash DVD/CD player. My favorite feature of the navigation system was the weather overlay.

Downloaded music is digitally-compressed and loses up to 90% of the original audio details. ClariFi instantly restores the true sound. Dynamic Navigation provides the latest updates, alternate routes, and relevant search results with three enhanced features: cloud-based updates with Dynamic Map, alternate routes based on conditions ahead with Dynamic Route, and points of interest sorted by relevance with Dynamic POI search.


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