2020 Lexus RC F vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Lexus RC F have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Chevrolet Camaro doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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

The RC F has standard 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 Camaro offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The RC F’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Camaro doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The RC F offers optional Intuitive Park Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Camaro doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The RC F’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camaro doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the RC F and the Camaro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the RC F earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the RC F’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Camaro was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

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 F the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Camaro was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The RC F comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camaro’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

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

The RC F’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Camaro runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the RC F has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the RC F’s reliability 62 points higher than the Camaro.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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The RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 197 more horsepower (472 vs. 275) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (395 vs. 295) than the Camaro’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 137 more horsepower (472 vs. 335) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (395 vs. 284) than the Camaro’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 17 more horsepower (472 vs. 455) than the Camaro LT1/SS’ standard 6.2 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lexus RC F is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro V6 (automatics tested):

RC F

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.2 MPH

102.9 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lexus RC F higher (5 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Camaro (1 to 5). This means the RC F produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Camaro every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Lexus RC F comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Camaro.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the RC F’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Camaro:

RC F

Camaro

Front Rotors

14.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.4 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

14.9 inches

The RC F’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Camaro LS/LT are solid, not vented.

The RC F Track Edition has standard heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Camaro doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The RC F stops much shorter than the Camaro:

RC F

Camaro

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the RC F has larger tires than the Camaro (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 245/50R18).

The RC F’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RC F has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Camaro.

The RC F has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Camaro; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Camaro don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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The RC F handles at .95 G’s, while the Camaro RS Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The RC F executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camaro LT Coupe (24.7 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the RC F’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Camaro’s (35.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The RC F’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Camaro ZL1’s (35.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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For excellent aerodynamics, the RC F has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The RC F uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camaro doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the RC F is quieter than the Camaro SS Coupe:

RC F

Camaro

At idle

43 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

85 dB

94 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

72 dB

Cargo Capacity

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The RC F has a larger trunk than the Camaro Coupe (10.1 vs. 9.1 cubic feet).

With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the RC F offers cargo security. The Camaro’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 36% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional in the Camaro (except LS/LT1), the RC F (except Track Edition) offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The RC F’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower both of them with the lock engaged. Chevrolet does not offer a locking feature on the Camaro’s power windows.

If the front windows are left open on the RC F the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Lexus service department.) The driver of the Camaro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The RC F has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Camaro doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The RC F’s 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 Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The RC F offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Camaro doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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

The RC F’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.

The RC F offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The RC F 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 Camaro.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the RC F has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Camaro doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the RC F has a standard 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 Camaro doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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