2020 Infiniti Q60 vs. 2019 Lexus RC

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q60 (except Pure) offers optional Back-up Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The RC doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Q60 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The RC only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Q60 and the RC 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Q60 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The RC’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The Q60’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the RC’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Q60 has a standard 600-amp battery. The RC’s 580-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Q60 has more powerful engines than the RC:

Horsepower

Torque

Q60 3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

300 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Q60 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

RC 300 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

241 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

RC 300 AWD 3.5 DOHC V6

260 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

RC 350 3.5 DOHC V6

311 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q60 Red Sport 400 is faster than the RC 350:

Q60

RC

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.6 sec

14.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

100 MPH

Top Speed

150 MPH

146 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q60 gets better fuel mileage than the RC:

MPG

Q60

AWD

3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

Red Sport 400 3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

RC

AWD

300 3.5 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

350 3.5 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q60 2.0t’s 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 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Q60 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the RC (20 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Q60 stops much shorter than the RC:

Q60

RC

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Q60 has larger standard tires than the RC (255/40R19 vs. 235/40R19). The Q60 Red Sport 400’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RC (F:255/35R20 & R:275/30R20 vs. F:235/40R19 & R:265/35R19).

The Q60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RC’s standard 45 series tires. The Q60 Red Sport 400’s 255/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the RC’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q60 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the RC. The Q60 Red Sport 400’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the RC.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q60 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The RC doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q60’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the RC (112.2 inches vs. 107.5 inches).

The Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD handles at .88 G’s, while the RC 350 pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The design of the Infiniti Q60 amounts to more than styling. The Q60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is lower than the RC (.29 to .3). A more efficient exterior helps the Q60 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Q60 get better fuel mileage.

The Q60 Luxe/Sport/Red Sport 400 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The RC doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Q60 has 5.1 inches more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the RC.

Ergonomics

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The Q60’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The RC’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Q60’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The RC’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Q60 Red Sport 400 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RC doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations

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The Infiniti Q60 outsold the Lexus RC by 35% during the 2019 model year.

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