2018 Lexus LC 500h
- Cabin design and interior materials are extraordinary
- High fuel economy for a performance coupe
- Effective at being both sporty and comfortable
- Generous list of standard features make it somewhat of a bargain
- Touchpad controller is frustrating to use
- Trunk and interior storage space are limited
- Transmission's slow and indecisive shifts
- Other high-end sport coupes offer a greater degree of customization
2018 Lexus LC 500h pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which LC 500h does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.4 / 10
Buyers of high-end luxury vehicles are used to getting what they want, but until recently, opulent sports cars that didn't gorge on vast stores of gasoline simply didn't exist. Now, one of the most experienced hybrid automakers in the business is thrusting its best foot forward with the new 2018 Lexus LC 500h. This seductive coupe offers an enticing blend of high style, performance, comfort and luxury.
Motivating the LC 500h is a combination of a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 and an electric motor. A continuously variable automatic transmission works in conjunction with a traditional four-speed automatic to send power to the rear wheels. The unique powertrain helps make the most out of the horsepower available, which is 354 hp for the total system.
This hybrid feels quick on the road. In fact, it posted the same 0-60 mph time at our test track as the V8-driven LC 500. Plus, you get 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving, according to the EPA, which is fantastic for a luxury performance coupe and more than 50 percent better fuel economy than the LC 500.
As impressive as the powertrain is, it's the cabin that immediately yields the most impassioned responses from passengers. From the seats to the headliner, nearly every surface is draped in supple leather or suede. The penchant for high-quality materials even travels down to smaller details, such as the paddle shifters made of magnesium and the hand-trimmed shift knob. There are a few functional blunders, such as the Lexus Remote Touch infotainment interface, which is unwieldy and frustrating to use. But overall we think highly of the LC 500h. It's proof that Lexus can craft a jaw-dropping coupe that stands toe to toe with some of the most elite grand tourers on sale today.
2018 Lexus LC 500h configurations
The 2018 Lexus LC 500h is a unique car: There are no other high-end hybrid sport coupes with a starting price under six figures. It's sold in just a single trim (the V8-powered LC 500 is reviewed separately), but there are so many standard features, it's sufficiently luxurious without any options. Two packages, Convenience and Touring, add a few creature comforts such as upgraded leather and blind-spot monitoring. For those looking for dynamic improvements, the Sport and Performance packages have you covered with simulated suede upholstery throughout the cabin, a Torsen limited-slip differential and more.
The LC 500h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 assisted by an electric motor, generating 354 horsepower overall. Two transmissions, a continuously variable automatic and a four-speed conventional automatic, work in conjunction to drive the rear wheels. The transmissions simulate a total of 10 gears, which can be manually selected using steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Like most luxury coupes in this price range, the LC 500h boasts an abundance of standard features. They include 20-inch wheels, LED exterior lights, automatic high-beam control, heated and auto-dimming mirrors with puddle lamps, keyless entry and ignition, ambient interior lighting, an 8-inch driver information screen, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, eight-way power front seats (with two-way power lumbar), driver-seat memory settings, adjustable driving modes, a 10.3-inch central display, a navigation system, and a 12-speaker audio system with two USB ports and HD and satellite radio. Notable safety features include a rearview camera, a pre-collision warning system with automatic braking, and lane departure warning and mitigation.
Since the LC 500h is well-equipped as it is, only a smattering of options and packages are available, but some significantly alter the character of the car. Stand-alone options include 20- and 21-inch wheels, a head-up display, a Torsen limited-slip differential and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system.
If you want to pack the LC 500h with even more luxury features, consider the All-Weather package, which adds a heated steering wheel and windshield de-icer; the Convenience package, which brings front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert; and the Touring package, which adds forged 20-inch wheels, a simulated suede headliner, upgraded leather upholstery and the Mark Levinson audio system. If a high-performance hybrid is more your speed, you can always specify the Sport package, which adds the Convenience package plus front sport seats with simulated suede inserts and the limited-slip diff. (This package can also be ordered with a carbon-fiber roof.) Finally, the Performance package takes the Sport package with carbon-fiber roof and adds an adaptive rear spoiler, an active rear steering system, variable-ratio steering, carbon-fiber kick plates and the simulated suede headliner.
Noise & vibration7.5
Ease of use6.0
Getting in/getting out7.5
Child safety seat accommodation6.0
Audio & navigation7.0
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite LC 500h safety features:
- All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Adjusts vehicle speed to maintain a set distance between the LC 500h and the car in front while using cruise control.
- Pre-Collision System
- Alerts the driver if a front collision with a pedestrian or vehicle is deemed imminent. Can automatically apply the brakes.
- Intuitive Park Assist
- Sounds an alert that increases in frequency as the LC 500h approaches an object in front of or behind the car.
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2018 Lexus LC 500h for Sale
The 2018 Lexus LC 500h is a luxurious sport coupe that stands out from the rest of the elite grand tourers because it's driven by a hybrid powertrain. Like other high-performance Lexus models — such as the V8-powered LC 500 and RC F — finding the right model is easy because the LC 500h is sold in a single trim level. Although very well-equipped right out of the gate, a few packages are available, which add extra luxury and performance features.
The rear-wheel-drive LC 500h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 paired to an electric motor; total horsepower is a healthy 354 hp. Its substantial list of standard features includes 20-inch wheels, LED exterior lights with automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated front seats, a 12-speaker audio system, a pre-collision warning system, and lane departure warning and intervention. Stand-alone options include forged wheels, a head-up display, a limited-slip differential and a 13-speaker audio system.
All available luxury additions are bundled into three option packages: All-Weather, Convenience and Touring. Features include a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, simulated suede headliner and upgraded leather upholstery. The aptly named Sport and Performance packages are sure to increase blood flow, with body-hugging sport seats, an adaptive rear spoiler, variable-ratio steering, and active rear steering among the performance upgrades.
The high-end grand touring segment is replete with exotic European coupes, but few offer hybrid powertrains and practically none carries a starting price below six figures. On top of that, most can't match the LC 500h's level of standard equipment. On the downside, the LC doesn't have the deep level of customization rivals offer, and the touchpad that controls the infotainment interface isn't precise and can be frustrating to use. Still, we think Lexus fanatics will be enticed by its surprisingly sporty driving dynamics, while touring enthusiasts will appreciate the LC 500's jaw-dropping interior and supple ride quality. If you decide the LC 500h is the luxury hybrid for you, be sure to use Edmunds' pricing and inventory tools to find the perfect model in your area.
2018 Lexus LC 500h Overview
The 2018 Lexus LC 500h is offered in the following submodels: LC 500h Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Lexus LC 500h?
2018 Lexus LC 500h 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2018 Lexus LC 500h 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $101,724. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus LC 500h 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $15,473 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Lexus LC 500h 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is15.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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