2018 Lexus RC  RealSafeCars89Safety Rating

#3 of 2018 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#15 of all 2018 vehicles


The RC, introduced by Lexus in 2015, is a large sedan with seating up to 4. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the RC packs some oomph. The RC has offered Android Auto since 2020 and Apple CarPlay since 2019. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. Lexus offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty, and a 6-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2018 Lexus RC is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2018 Lexus RC has a score of 89, implying a 0.031% chance of driver death (2.7% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2018 Lexus RC has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0306% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.4981%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0306% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.4981% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Lexus RC is 35% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2018 Lexus RC is 40% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is safer than many comparable models.

9373INFINITI Q50Volvo V60Toyota AvalonAcura TLXLexus ES-350Lexus RCBMW 2 SeriesM.-B. C-ClassAudi A4BMW 3 SeriesLexus ISAcura RDXComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Lexus RC with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 73 to 93. The 2018 Lexus RC is safer than the 2018 INFINITI Q50, the 2018 Volvo V60, the 2018 Toyota Avalon, the 2018 Acura TLX, the 2018 Lexus ES-350, the 2018 Acura RDX, the 2018 Lexus IS, the 2018 BMW 3 Series, the 2018 Audi A4, and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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