When comparing the Lexus IS 350's and the Lexus RC 350's specifications and ratings, the Lexus IS 350 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, reliability, interior volume and overall quality score. The Lexus RC 350 has the advantage in the area of resale value. The Lexus IS 350 and Lexus RC 350 have the same fuel efficiency base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Lexus IS 350's and the Lexus RC 350's specifications and ratings, the Lexus IS 350 is a better car than the Lexus RC 350.
Lexus IS 350 vs. Lexus RC 350 Pricing
For a new model, the Lexus IS 350's price is between $46,339 and $57,716, with the Lexus RC 350 priced between $53,470 and $62,445.
Lexus IS 350 vs. Lexus RC 350 Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Lexus IS 350 loses 38.3 percent of its value and the Lexus RC 350 loses 32.3 percent of its value. This means the Lexus RC 350 retains 6 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Lexus IS 350.
Lexus IS 350 vs. Lexus RC 350 Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Lexus IS 350 is 9.3 out of 10 while the Lexus RC 350's quality rating is 7.7 out of 10. This results in the Lexus IS 350 being ranked 1 out of 36 Best Luxury Small Cars and the Lexus RC 350 being ranked 19 out of 36. Out of 30 Best Luxury Compact Cars, the Lexus IS 350 is ranked 1 and the Lexus RC 350 is ranked 17.
Lexus IS 350 vs. Lexus RC 350 Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Lexus IS 350 is 9.0 out of 10. For the Lexus RC 350 the reliability rating is 6.0 out of 10. This gives the Lexus IS 350 an advantage in reliability compared to the Lexus RC 350.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the base engine of both the Lexus IS 350 and the Lexus RC 350 makes 311 horsepower. Both the IS 350 and the RC 350 are rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 487 and 490 miles respectively. Both models use premium unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are compact cars, the Lexus IS 350 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Lexus RC 350 has the advantage in the areas of front head room and front leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Lexus IS 350 has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.