Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Lexus RC VS 2016 Jaguar F-Type Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Lexus RC

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2016 Jaguar F-Type

Safety Comparison

The RC’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The F-Type doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The RC offers optional Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The F-Type doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The RC’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The F-Type doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the RC and the F-Type have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RC its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 77 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The F-Type has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the RC 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the F-Type. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the F-Type ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 30 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the RC’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the RC gets better fuel mileage than the F-Type:

RC

F-Type

RWD

n/a

16 city/24 hwy

Base/Manual

n/a

15 city/24 hwy

S/Manual

200t/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

19 city/28 hwy

Base/Auto

350/Auto

19 city/28 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

S/Auto

AWD

300/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

350/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

S/Auto

n/a

15 city/23 hwy

R/Auto

The RC has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Type R’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 15.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The RC has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the RC’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the F-Type (107.5 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

For better maneuverability, the RC’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the F-Type’s (34.2 feet vs. 35 feet). The RC AWD’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the F-Type AWD’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Lexus RC amounts to more than styling. The RC offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .292 to .304 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the RC go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the RC get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The RC has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F-Type can only carry 2.

The RC has 2 inches more front headroom and 2.4 inches more front legroom than the F-Type.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the RC easier. The RC’s trunk lift-over height is 27.6 inches, while the F-Type’s liftover is 33.3 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The RC’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Jaguar does not offer a locking feature on the F-Type’s standard power windows.

If the windows are left down on the RC the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the F-Type can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RC has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Type doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The RC’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The F-Type’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Optional air conditioned seats in the RC keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The F-Type doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The RC has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the F-Type.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the RC offers an optional Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The F-Type doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the RC owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the RC will cost $2350 to $6830 less than the F-Type over a five-year period.

The RC will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the RC will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the F-Type.

RC

F-Type

Five Year

44% to 45%

26% to 29%

Three Year

62% to 63%

39% to 44%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus RC will be $24883 to $54063 less than for the Jaguar F-Type.

Recommendations Comparison

The Lexus RC won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Jaguar F-Type didn't win any award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the RC third among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The F-Type isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Lexus RC Series outsold the Jaguar F-Type by over three to one during 2015.

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