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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Lexus LC ranked #1 in Luxury Sports Cars. Currently the Lexus LC has a score of 9.0 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

9.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.9
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2019 Lexus LC Review

The 2019 Lexus LC places among the best in our luxury sports car rankings, in part because of its polished performance, exquisite interior, and great predicted reliability rating. A small trunk and frustrating infotainment controls make the car less user-friendly, but those shouldn't be deal-breakers for a sports car.

Pros & Cons

  • Exquisite interior
  • Sumptuous front seats
  • Polished, spirited powertrains
  • Composed handling and ride quality
  • Distracting infotainment system
  • Small trunk
  • Below-average fuel economy with base V8 engine

New for 2019

  • Performance and handling enhancements
  • Standard Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and a Wi-Fi hot spot

Is the Lexus LC a Good Car?

Yes, the Lexus LC is a wonderful car. Its sophisticated styling and consummate craftsmanship will leave you feeling like the LC is money well spent. Notable highlights include rousing exhaust notes and a sensuous interior. Excellent predicted reliability and a wealth of standard features add to its value. This is also one of the few luxury sports cars with an available hybrid powertrain.

Should I Buy the Lexus LC?

If your ideal luxury sports car is elegant and refined, then the Lexus LC is a good fit for you. Its polished, lively powertrains fuse sporty tuning with grand touring elements. The LC’s few flaws include a small trunk and a frustrating infotainment system. As an alternative, look at the BMW 8 Series. Its cabin isn’t as luxurious as the LC’s, but you’ll enjoy a user-friendly infotainment system and more cargo space.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus LC?

The LC was all-new for 2018, so used models will be few and far between. We recommend skipping the used market and getting the 2019 model, which comes with a few notable advantages over the inaugural model. Updates for 2019 include enhanced performance as well as standard Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 LC review to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

Our Lexus LC review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 15 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

This 2019 Lexus LC review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which runs from 2018 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Lexus LC Cost?

Expect to pay around $92,000 for a Lexus LC 500 and almost $97,000 for a hybrid-powered Lexus LC 500h. It isn't that unusual to pay close to $100,000 for a luxury sports car. For more information on vehicle pricing and features, see our Which Lexus LC Model Is Right for Me? section below.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

Lexus LC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus LC or Jaguar F-Type?

The Jaguar F-Type is an appealing sports car if you prefer a visceral driving experience that intimately connects you to the highway. While the LC comes in two versions, the F-Type has two body styles and four distinct engines. Additionally, the Jaguar's lower price tag can save you as much as $31,500. On the flip side, the Lexus is more elegant, appealing to those seeking a soothing, lavish experience.

Which Is Better: Lexus LC or Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 closely competes with the Lexus LC, and you won't go wrong with either of these fine luxury coupes. Of the two, the LC is a better choice if you want a sporty coupe that feels like a concept car or if a hybrid powertrain tickles your fancy. The 911, on the other hand, offers a much wider variety of models. Its performance is more athletic, and its available engines punch out as much as 700 horsepower.

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LC Interior

How Many People Does the LC Seat?

The LC 500 is a two-door coupe with four seats. Sliding into the front seats takes less effort than with other low-slung cars. The LC treats travelers to ample power adjustments, plush seats, and a good view of the road. Standard front-seat features include heat and ventilation, and a set of well-bolstered sport seats with Alcantara inserts are available. The back seat is roomier than most 2+2 sports cars, and they can accommodate small- to medium-sized adults.

LC and Car Seats

The LC has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated this LATCH system for ease of use.

LC Interior Quality

The cockpit in the LC is sensuous and striking. With a selection of high-end materials and a hint of exotic styling, this car feels as special as a six-figure sports coupe should feel.

LC Cargo Space

The LC's storage space is smaller than most rivals’. Its 5.4-cubic-foot trunk provides enough room for two carry-on suitcases, and there are few cubbies within the cabin for smaller items. The back seat comes in handy for extra bags and purses.

LC Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Critics universally denounce the LC’s infotainment system. The main issue is there’s no touch screen, so you must use a touchpad to make most adjustments, which takes a lot of the driver’s attention. The system gets a little more user-friendly for 2019 thanks to the addition of standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. Other standard features include a 10.3-inch display, a Wi-Fi hot spot, the all-new Dynamic Navigation system, HD Radio, and satellite radio. The optional Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system – designed specifically for the LC 500's acoustics – earns high praise from professional reviewers.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay?

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LC Performance

LC Engine: Polished and Energetic

The Lexus LC 500 comes with a refined, naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Its strengths are its slick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission and its stimulating exhaust notes, but it does not deliver neck-snapping acceleration rates. The hybrid LC 500h features a 354-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. While this system isn't quite as powerful or quick as the V8-powered LC 500, it still feels delightfully animated. In addition to the V6, components of the LC 500h’s hybrid powertrain include two electric motors, a multi-stage hybrid transmission, and a lithium-ion battery.

LC Gas Mileage: On Opposite Ends

The LC 500 gets 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. That's not very fuel-efficient for a luxury sports car, but part of its below-average rating is due to its base V8 engine. The majority of its class rivals have a turbocharged four- or six-cylinder engine. On the flip side, the LC 500h returns some of the best fuel economy ratings in the class, at 27/35 mpg city/highway.

LC Ride and Handling: Poised and Playful

The LC is composed, planted, and comfortable, with steering and brakes that are smooth and responsive. The LC’s easy handling means you'll use less calories driving it than you will with a more aggressive sports car, such as the Nissan GT-R. The LC is available only as a rear-wheel-drive coupe.

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LC Reliability

Is the Lexus LC Reliable?

The 2019 LC 500 earns a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's the highest score in the class, and it's excellent compared to the rest of the industry.

Lexus LC Warranty

Coverage for the LC includes a four-year/50,000-mile warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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LC Safety

LC Crash Test Results

The Lexus LC 500 does not have a crash test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is common for a high-end sports car.

LC Safety Features

The LC comes standard with a rearview camera and Lexus Safety System+. This collection of advanced safety features includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Optional safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a head-up display.

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Which Lexus LC Model Is Right for Me?

There are two versions of the LC to choose from: the V8-powered LC 500 ($92,300) and the hybrid LC 500h ($96,810). The powertrain and $4,500 price disparity are the main differences between these two trims.

Every LC comes with leather upholstery and heated, ventilated front seats with 10-way power adjustments. A few tech features are newly standard this year, including Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Also standard are a 10.3-inch infotainment display, a navigation system, a comprehensive suite of advanced safety features, and 20-inch alloy wheels. 

To customize your LC further, Lexus offers a handful of packages and a few standalone options. All bundles build off the Convenience package ($1,000), which includes front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Sport package comes with eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats, Alcantara seat trimmings, and either a glass roof ($1,400) or a carbon-fiber roof ($2,960). Another popular upgrade is the Performance package for $5,960. It bundles the Convenience package and the sport seats from the Sport package with a carbon-fiber roof, active rear steering, variable gear-ratio steering, a speed-activated rear wing, an Alcantara headliner, and carbon-fiber door scuff plates.

Lexus LC 500

The Lexus LC 500 comes with a 471-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at $92,300.

Lexus LC 500h

The hybrid powertrain of the Lexus LC 500h includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine, two electric motors, a multi-stage hybrid transmission, and a lithium-ion battery. Pricing for this 354-horsepower sports coupe starts at $96,810.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Lexus LC may turns heads for its exotic styling, but the beauty of this luxury coupe is more than just skin deep. It boasts a high level of refinement throughout, from the silky, sprightly handling to the opulent interior. At the same time, the LC commits no major offenses. Still, some may prefer the potent engines and spacious trunk of the BMW 8 Series.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Lexus LC channels the upscale vibe of two-door grand tourers but with an exotic design that wouldn't look out of place on an Aston Martin. While its small rear seats and a starting price just shy of six figures also make it a glitzy alternative to a Porsche 911, this rear-wheel-drive Lexus is a larger and heavier machine honed more for the luxury spectacle than outright performance. That's not to say the LC isn't quick or enjoyably sharp on the road. … But it works best at less frantic speeds where you can luxuriate in the beautifully crafted interior and savor the LC's essence as an auto-show diva come to life." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2019 Lexus LC 500 is a luxury sport coupe that brilliantly marries comfort and performance." -- Edmunds
  • "With its V8 and V6 hybrid engine choices, the LC has a leg up on most competitors, while its stunning interior, high-tech features and world-class handling make this a car European manufacturers need to watch carefully." -- Kelley Blue Book
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