A relative bargain considering cars of comparable quality, performance and desirability; impeccably crafted cabin; impressive powertrain options; shockingly good ride
Infuriating Remote Touch tech interface; some may prefer a sharper-edged sports car
The LC is an all-new model for 2018.
The LC 500h and its hybrid powertrain is an impressive engineering feat, and there's certainly something to be said for its superior fuel economy. However, the LC 500 is the more thrilling and memorable car, and isn't that the point of a car like the LC in the first place? Opting for the Touring package is recommended.
The 2018 Lexus LC is available as the V8-powered LC 500 ($92,000) and hybrid-powered LC 500h ($96,500), but both are essentially equally equipped.
Standard equipment includes 20-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights and high beams, auto-dimming mirrors, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane-keep assist, proximity entry and push-button start, leather-upholstered 8-way power seats, NuLuxe premium vinyl upholstered rear seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, Lexus Enform remote and emergency communications services, the Remote Touch tech interface (10.3-in display, center console touchpad), two USB ports, a 12-speaker sound system with satellite and HD radio and a media player interface.
The Touring package adds 20-in forged alloy wheels, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, semi-aniline leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and a Mark Levinson sound system. The Sport package is similar, but gets a limited-slip differential, Alcantara-trimmed sport seats and the standard audio system. The Performance package adds to the Sport items 21-in forged wheels, variable gear ratio steering, active rear steering, an automatically deploying rear spoiler, Alcantara headliner and a carbon fiber composite roof (can be added separately to the Sport package).
The Mark Levinson sound system, the limited-slip differential, the 20- and 21-in forged wheels and a head-up display can be added separately. The Cold Area package adds a heated steering wheel and a windshield de-icer.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2018 Porsche 911 -- The 911 is one of the best at toeing the line between sports car and GT. With its engine in the back and its styling comparatively subdued, it's a different animal to be sure, but you'd be smart to check it out.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class -- The SL is a convertible, and far more luxury-focused than the LC, but it's also one of the few GT cars in this price range of comparable quality.
2018 Jaguar F-Type -- Though starting at a lower price point and boasting only two seats, the F-Type is another GT car with gorgeous styling that'll provide an unforgettable driving experience.
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT -- The GT is costlier than the LC and comes out with two seats, but its front-engine, rear-drive GT concept is similar. Indeed, it is literally called GT.
Used Bentley Continental GT -- The Lexus is so beautifully crafted and well-engineered that we think the LC can be realistically compared to a new Bentley (or an Aston Martin, for that matter). Nevertheless, the Continental is far more expensive, so a used version would need to be considered at this price point.