What's most significant is that the new Lexus LC 500 Convertible goes on sale in the summer of 2020 as a 2021 model. Like all other 2021 Lexus LCs, the new LC Convertible has aluminum suspension arms that reduce unsprung weight and give this RWD car a sportier feel. In other news, there are two new Lexus LC exterior colors for 2021: Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl. Also notable: Android Auto is now standard.
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Which LC 500h is the Best?
While there's much to be said about the impressive engineering and excellent fuel economy of the Lexus LC 500h hybrid, we're more taken by the sexy styling of the new open-top LC 500 Convertible and its rumbly 5.0-liter V8, which we've already come to appreciate in the standard LC 500. Equip either LC 500 with the Touring Package, and you'll be ready for a cross-country tip in classic grand-touring style.
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How Much Does a 2021 Lexus LC 500h Cost?
The 2021 Lexus LC is available as the V8-powered
LC 500 ($92,950) and hybrid-powered
LC 500h ($97,510). The new
LC 500 Convertible, which arrives this summer, has not been priced yet. We expect the open-top LC to be priced near $100,000. Like the other Lexus LCs, it's subject to a $1,025 destination charge. Standard equipment is as generous as you'd expect. It includes 20-in wheels, LED headlights, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, blind spot alert and a push-button start. Add to that leather-upholstered seats, Lexus Enform remote and emergency communications services, in-car Wi-Fi and a navigation system with a 10.3-in display and a touchpad on the center console. Additionally, there are two USB ports,
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa integration and a 12-speaker sound system with satellite and HD radio. A Touring package adds 20-inch forged alloy wheels, 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-inch forged wheels, variable-ratio steering, active rear steering, an active rear spoiler, an Alcantara headliner and a carbon-fiber composite roof (that 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. A Cold Area package adds a heated steering wheel and a windshield de-icer.
City MPG / Hwy MPG
LC LC 500h Coupe
$97610 / $89800
26 / 34
Is the 2021 Lexus LC 500h a Safe Car?
All 2021 Lexus LC models are equipped with the Lexus Safety System, which includes pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert, lane-keep assist and a blind-spot detection system with
rear cross-traffic alert. Other standard safety equipment includes Lexus Enform Safety Connect, which includes automatic collision notification, an emergency assist button and a stolen vehicle locator. The new Lexus LC 500 Convertible has active rollover bars that deploy upward for occupant protection whenever a potential rollover accident is sensed. The LC has not been crash tested by a third party.
2021 Lexus LC 500h vs the competition
2020 Porsche 911 -- The 911 was redesigned for 2019 and continues to be one of the best cars for 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.
2020 Jaguar F-TYPE— Though it starts at a lower price point and boasts only two seats, the
F-TYPE is another GT car with gorgeous styling that'll provide an unforgettable driving experience.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT -- The
GT is costlier than the LC and comes out with two seats, but its front-engine, RWD 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.
2020 BMW 8 Series -- The
BMW 8 Series is available as a coupe, a sedan and a convertible, but it can get pricey. A
2020 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible has an MSRP of $121,400.
Autotrader has 8 Used Lexus LC 500h cars for sale, including a 2018 Lexus LC 500h, a 2020 Lexus LC 500h, and a Certified 2018 Lexus LC 500h.