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2019 Ford Shelby GT350 vs. 2019 Lexus RC 300 Review

New 2019 Ford Shelby GT350

2019 Ford
Shelby GT350

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New 2019 Lexus RC 300

2019 Lexus
RC 300

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MSRP*
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$59,140
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$41,145 to $50,035
Invoice* $56,183 $38,264 to $46,533
MPG - City 14 18 - 21
MPG - Hwy 21 24 - 30
Engine(s) V-8 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 4 4
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Shelby GT350 than the Lexus RC 300. The Lexus RC 300 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Ford Shelby GT350.

Convenience
With the Lexus RC 300 you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Ford Shelby GT350, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Ford Shelby GT350 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Lexus RC 300, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Shelby GT350 will cost more in transportation costs than the Lexus RC 300.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Shelby GT350 is much wider than the Lexus RC 300, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Ford Shelby GT350, which is slightly longer than the Lexus RC 300.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Ford Shelby GT350 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Lexus RC 300.

Handling
The Ford Shelby GT350 has a significantly larger turning radius than the Lexus RC 300, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Ford Shelby GT350 has a much more powerful engine than the Lexus RC 300. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Ford Shelby GT350 and the Lexus RC 300. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Ford Shelby GT350 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus RC 300.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Ford Shelby GT350 is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Lexus RC 300.