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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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New Dynamic Voice Recognition (introduced to other models in 2018) improves the experience with a broader language library, expanded phrase recognition, and augmented point-of-interest address searches.

Enform Destination Assist provides 24-hour access to a live-response-center agent, using the Lexus app to help locate a business, address, or point of interest. The latest Lexus Multimedia System uses the vehicle’s Data Communication Module and cellphone connection to access the “cloud” and vehicle in real-time.

SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are supported by the Lexus multimedia system. Lexus Enform 4gb Wi-Fi is available for up to five devices for up to one year free.

Lexus Enform Remote, compatible with smartphone and smart watch devices with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, allows access to lock/unlock doors, start the engine and climate control, check the fuel level and more for up to three years free.

Lexus Safety System-Plus is the most-comprehensive safety package ever for the RC and includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Intelligent High Beams.

Pre-collision detects a vehicle or pedestrian in the path and automatically prepares Brake Assist to increase brake force all the way to a complete stop, if needed. Radar cruise maintains a preset speed and distance from the vehicle ahead, even in stop-and-go traffic, returning to the preset speed when the road ahead clears.

Land departure/steering assist monitors lane markings for unintended lane departure, warns the driver, and uses gentle corrective measures to help maintain the correct lane. When radar cruise is engaged, the system will keep the vehicle centered in the intended lane. The intelligent high beam system defaults to high-beam mode, until headlights or taillights are detected ahead, then temporarily switches to low beams.

 

The newly standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert adds to the RC’s list of safety technologies, designed to help pave the way to fewer collisions and better-informed drivers. They help drivers change lanes by detecting vehicles in adjacent lanes and vehicles approaching from either side when backing out of parking spaces or driveways.

Lexus Enform Safety Connect provides help in case of an accident, stolen vehicle, or other unexpected crisis for up to 10 years, sending assistance directly to the vehicle’s GPS location.

Similarly, Lexus Enform Service Connect keeps up with the vehicle’s health, fuel level and mileage, maintenance alerts, and more via email or Lexus app.

Intuitive Parking Assist ($595) uses sensors in the front and rear bumpers to detect objects in the vehicle’s path to help avoid scrapes and dings when parking, using distance displays and alarms, which increase in frequency as the vehicle approaches detected objects.

A power moon roof added $1,100. With $6,450 in options and $1,025 destination charges, my fun-to-drive, attractive Lexus RC 350 F Sport AWD delivered for $58,605.

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