2018 Lexus LC 500h Review
Pros & Cons
- 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
List Price Estimate
$58,065 - $69,906
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Which LC 500h does Edmunds recommend?
The Lexus LC 500h is available in only one trim, but several desirable optional packages transform the character of the car and give it a personalized touch. Though we think the LC offers excellent outward visibility for a sports car, we recommend adding the Convenience package for blind-spot monitoring. The Touring pack's upgraded leather upholstery and faux suede headliner help bump up the luxury factor. The Sport package is an enticing alternative to the Touring, but we find its sport seats are restrictive to all but the most slender drivers.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The LC 500h's powertrain is less appealing in every way than the more affordable V8 option, save for fuel economy. It's not power-deficient, but it does add a palpable 150 pounds and some drivability issues and removes all the aural pleasure you would have enjoyed with the eight-cylinder.
Our tester's standard seats are more comfortable than the optional sport seats and are appropriate for this impressively comfortable grand tourer. The ride is excellent, highway noise is minimal, and the climate control works very well when left to its own devices.
Good visibility and a comfortable, sporty driving position are the highlights. This Lexus is also easier to get in and out of than many low-slung coupes. The cabin is mostly very upscale, with a few exceptions. The biggest letdown is the frustrating touchpad infotainment interface.
The LC 500h has very little usable space considering its size. Small-item storage is at a premium, without even a good spot to store your phone for easy access. The trunk is very small and gets hot quickly. The back seat is the most useful storage space in the vehicle.
It's unfortunate that a car, which looks so space age on the outside, should be saddled with Lexus' technology on the inside. While the trick sliding gauge cluster is a nice touch, the infotainment system is particularly frustrating, and voice controls yield inconsistent results.
|Overall||7.4 / 10|
Features & Specs
Our experts like the LC 500h models:
- 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.