Driving enthusiasts may argue that the best premium cars come from Germany, but the all-new Lexus RC 350 begs to differ. Adding to the RC's 8-speed automatic transmission, powerful 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, and dramatic styling is an inherited reputation for longevity and low maintenance costs. For entry-level luxury car buyers focused on long-term reliability and laudable resale value, you can't do much better than the Lexus RC.
Edgy yet tasteful, the interior of the RC 350 epitomizes Lexus' newfound emphasis on avant-garde design. The cabin is constructed with high-quality materials and features top-notch ergonomics. Unlike many of its rivals, the RC offers leather seating and a premium audio system as standard fare. Outside, a softened wedge profile, raked windshield and well-defined fender flares combine to emphasize the performance credentials of the Lexus RC.
A sport-calibrated suspension delivers engaging driving dynamics while retaining Lexus' trademark ride comfort. The 2016 Lexus RC 350 reacts eagerly to steering inputs, and the powerful brakes supported by a host of electronic stability controls provide an extra measure of confidence. Despite its heady power output, the RC 350's 3.5-liter V6 is also fairly fuel efficient and a great day-to-day performer when paired with the optional all-wheel-drive system.
Given its sub-$43,000 starting price and generous helping of standard features, the Lexus RC 350 simply outclasses comparably equipped rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and BMW 435i when it comes to up-front cost and resale value.