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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.
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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, 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 its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RC the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 180 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The F-Type has not been tested, yet.
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 43 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the RC’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.
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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 62 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.
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 2.2 feet tighter than the F-Type AWD’s (34.8 feet vs. 37 feet).
The design of the Lexus RC amounts to more than styling. The RC offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .29 to .3 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.
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.
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.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 56% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.
The RC’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The F-Type does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The RC’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. Jaguar does not offer a locking feature on the F-Type’s standard power windows.
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.
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 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 F-Type doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
With standard voice command, the RC offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.
Insurance will cost less for the RC owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the RC will cost $1540 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. The IntelliChoice estimates that the RC will retain 48.24% to 49.88% of its original price after five years, while the F-Type only retains 40.76% to 43.42%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus RC will be $17685 to $59479 less than for the Jaguar F-Type.
The Lexus RC outsold the Jaguar F-Type by over two to one during 2019.
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