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Lexus RC F Scores High in Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award

Lexus RC F Motor Trend

The Lexus RC F was a finalist in the Motor Trend Car of the Year award rankings — here’s a quote from Jonny Lieberman’s write-up:

“The overall proportion and package are not at fault but are let down by a collection of details,” said [Guest judge Tom] Gale. [Executive editor Ron] Kiino was more blunt: “It reminds me of an ugly dog that’s cute because it’s so ugly.” [Editor at Large Angus] MacKenzie summarizes, “This thing is a mess from front to rear.”

That’s a damn shame, because the RC F is a wonderful driver’s car. Says Kiino: “A really pleasurable car to drive, and not just at breakneck speeds. Ride is surprisingly compliant, and the cabin is quiet on the highway.” Should you decide to push deeper with your right foot, the RC F delivers.

The RC F was joined by seven other cars in the finalist category: the Honda Fit, Audi A3, Hyundai Genesis, Maserati Ghibli, Mercedes C-Class, Kia Sedona, BMW 2-series, and ford Mustang all lost out to the eventual winner — the Volkswagen Golf.

Read the full Motor Trend Car of Year award rankings

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  • November 13, 2014
This is why @Motortrend is a pos... Never read or pay attention to any of their wanna-be car journos. Don't even bother with this rubbish magazine. They are so 1990's... #past & #irrelevant
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      PG
    • November 14, 2014
    Care to elaborate on your claims with actual facts?
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    • November 18, 2014
    Care to elaborate otherwise? #ActualFacts #stfu
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      leopard08
    • November 14, 2014
    can somebody tell me how is the RCF ugly that it lost the award to a golf?
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    abed
  • November 13, 2014
i dont know how they dont like the styling!!! its one of the best looking cars out there....
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    Roman Pogoretskiy
  • November 13, 2014
MT needs new reviewers. It's been around for such a long time so they are used to bland cars design-wise thus they think it's ugly. That just proves that Lexus is successfully targeting the youth, the grey heads are hating it. Lol
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    ED
  • November 14, 2014
GOLF? NO
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    tinhinnh
  • November 13, 2014
"The thing is a mess from front to rear." ?? Go take a look at yourself in front of the mirror, MacKie.
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    Boris
  • November 14, 2014
This is ridiculous, Motortrend already had to cheat by adding racing brakes to make the M4 win the comparison vs the RC-F. And now they said the RC-F is a mess and then make the Golf win the car of the year award...
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      Levi
    • November 14, 2014
    Well the Golf R is also ahead of the M4.
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    Bobby
  • November 14, 2014
It's not "blatantly ugly". I think this car is very much 50/50 in terms of love it or hate it. Not a fan of the fact it's "ugliness" makes it a worse car. *sigh*
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    lafars
  • November 14, 2014
WHY THE F*CK DOES EVERYONE AT MT THINK IT'S UGLY?? there has to be some variations in opinions, steve suticliff loved it in the metal, the same for chris harris and top gear
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      lafars
    • November 15, 2014
    and can somebody explain why liebermann keeps writing lexus reviews despite him showing his bias against the brand? RC-F first drive: liebermann RC-F COTY: liebermann NX SOTY: liebermann IS: liebermann LFA DCOTY: liebermann why? he is only gonna try to rate them down
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      Tinhinnh
    • November 16, 2014
    You can't trust a reviewer whose name starts with "L-i-e"
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    LexusGXman
  • November 14, 2014
The RCF is a gorgeous car meant for the modern age, its not Lexus' fault a wanna be review company has a bunch of old guys working for them who like old boring cars... welcome to 2014 with futuristic cars, and cars are just gonna get weirder and cooler to.
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    DDas
  • November 14, 2014
They say the RCF is ugly but chose the hideous, boring Golf (I'm referring to style when i say boring). Motor Trend, to me, has always been a biased company. They literally love Ford more than anything and German brands. Everything else is just crap to them.
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      Tinhinnh
    • November 16, 2014
    It wasn't supposed to win but when they opened the glove box, a big, fat check dropped out :D

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