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2019 Lexus RC 350 F Sport AWD

The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” isn’t exactly the sort of thing that someone who writes for a living feels really happy about, but when it comes to the Lexus RC 350 F Sport, thousands of words, indeed.
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The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” isn’t exactly the sort of thing that someone who writes for a living feels really happy about, but when it comes to the Lexus RC 350 F Sport, while I would strongly recommend that you go see one right now, since you are looking at this, here is a picture:

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(Images: Lexus)

Thousands of words, indeed.

One thing struck me when I had the RC 350. When approaching it in a parking lot—every time—I couldn’t help but think: “Damn, this is a good-looking car,” and smiled. While there is the undeniable shift to SUVs and crossovers, I wonder how many people have the same reaction when they see their utility. I’m guessing not many.

Realize, a utility has varying levels of utility, which generally means cargo capacity and an elevated ride height. The RC basically has nothing in the way of utility—it offers 10.4-cubic feet of cargo capacity and 82-cubic feet of passenger space (there is a vestigial rear seat) in its excellently appointed, if cosseting, cabin—and its ground clearance is 5.3 inches, so you’re not looking over the head of anything.

But the RC is a sports coupe. The RC is something that is designed with edges and creases and curves. It is smart. It is sassy. It is something that from a pragmatic point of view probably has no reason to exist.

Unless, of course, that reason is to make you feel glad about that car you have parked in your driveway.

Is it fast? Yes. Lexus estimates you’ll get from 0 to 60 mph in about 6 seconds. Or, more relevant to know: you’ll be able to merge onto a freeway and find yourself unexpectedly much further ahead of the traffic you’re merging in with than you might have calculated.

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The greasy bits:

311-hp, 280 lb-ft of torque 3.5-liter V6

Six-speed automatic transmission

Full-time AWD

19-inch alloy wheels

Double-wishbone front suspension with high-mount upper airs, coil springs, and gas-filled shocks; multi-link rear suspension with gas-filled shocks

Electronic power steering (speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion)

Welded steel unibody construction

The techy bits:

Lexus Safety System+ (Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, High Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Intelligent High-Beams)

Navigation System with 10.3 in color multimedia display

Electrochromic (auto-dimming), rearview mirror with HomeLink

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The car as driven came in at just over $58,000 once things like delivery and a few options were added to the $52,400 MSRP. Given the extraordinary exterior, the overall solidity of the construction and the care and fitment of the interior, it is more than certainly worth it.

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