Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW 2 Series VS 2015 Lexus RC Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW 2 Series

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2015 Lexus RC

Safety Comparison

The 2 Series’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The RC 350 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the 2 Series and the RC 350 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2 Series as a “Top Pick” for 2014. The RC 350 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The 2 Series’ corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the RC 350’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 2 Series for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RC 350.

There are over 77 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 2 Series’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the 2 Series is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the 2 Series’ battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The RC 350’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

The M235i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (320 vs. 306) and 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 277) than the RC 350’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 2 Series Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the RC 350:

2 Series

RC 350


Turbo 4 cyl./Manual

22 city/34 hwy


Turbo 6 cyl./Manual

19 city/28 hwy


Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/36 hwy


Turbo 6 cyl./Auto

21 city/32 hwy

19 city/28 hwy



Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

23 city/35 hwy


Turbo 6 cyl./Auto

20 city/30 hwy

19 city/26 hwy


Regenerative brakes improve the 2 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The RC 350 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 2 Series’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RC 350 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 2 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The RC 350 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Chassis Comparison

The BMW 2 Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 450 pounds less than the Lexus RC 350.

The 2 Series is 10.3 inches shorter than the RC 350, making the 2 Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the 2 Series Coupe is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the RC 350 is rated a Subcompact.

The 2 Series Coupe has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RC 350 (90 vs. 83.8).

The 2 Series Coupe has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 5.7 inches more rear legroom and 4.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the RC 350.

Ergonomics Comparison

The 2 Series’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The RC 350’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 2 Series to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The RC 350 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 2 Series detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The RC 350 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the 2 Series offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The RC 350 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The 2 Series also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The 2 Series has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The RC 350 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The 2 Series’ optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The RC 350 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The M235i was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2015. The RC 350 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 2 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The RC 350 has never been an “All Star.”

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