Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal chooses style over substance in his review of the 2014 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT:
Online bullying is wrong, OK? So many of my Facebook friends are down on the Lexus RC 350 because it’s a weird fatty. That is so uncool.
There was obviously a lot of anxiety in the styling studio about the RC’s sportiness—and rightly so, since the RC 350 F Sport is escargot fantastique—and that led to the car’s one unforgivable sin: those fake rear evacuators in the lower rear bumper clip. These black composite strakes—like frills, or eyelashes, or nose hair, or hair in worse parts still if you listen to my FB friends—are pasted into the functionless slots. That is a no-no in $50,000-ish sport coupes.
My last, from-the-gut response: Lexus’s design has given this car a highly focused, intense face, a mighty, furrowed brow. But it looks like it’s trying to remember its wife’s social security number.
It’s apt that the title of Neil’s review is “Lots of Pomp, Too Little Circumstance”, as I feel it’s an accurate description of his writing on this occasion — there’s far too much nitpicking and grasping at straws trying to be clever for his FB friends. Not his best work, to be sure.