4. 2017 Lexus RC 350 AWD Coupe
Base Price: $45,175
The 2017 Lexus RC 350 AWD Coupe is our third mid-sized AWD coupe in the $40,000-45,000 price range. It is comparable in size and price to the Infiniti Q60 and Audi A5 coupes. It is not comparable in one important area – power!
The RC 350 AWD Coupe comes with two more cylinders and a lot more horsepower than the Infiniti and the Audi. We are talking about a 3.5-liter V6 with 306 horsepower. That’s an 86-horsepower jump from the Audi. Coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, zero to 60 MPH comes up in just 6 seconds.
Then there’s the styling. Lexuses had been styled very conservatively since they first came upon the scene nearly 30 years ago. That has changed. The RC 350 AWD Coupe will definitely get you noticed. The front end, with its very expressive grille, looks like nothing else on the road. If it appeals to you, go for it!
On the inside, you will find a typically well-finished Lexus interior. NuLuxe simulated leather upholstery is standard, with real leather an optional extra. A moonroof is also optional. Compared to the Audi A5 and the Infiniti Q60, the RC 350 AWD has less rear headroom and less cargo volume. The Lexus’ swoopy styling does take a toll on interior space.
If you’d like your all-wheel drive coupe to really stand out from the crowd, the 2017 Lexus RC 350 AWD Coupe could be the right choice.