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2020 Lexus LC Review

The 2020 Lexus LC ranks near the top of the luxury sports car class. It boasts animated powertrains, a nice blend of handling composure and comfort, a high-class cabin, and an outstanding predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Polished powertrains
  • Good blend of agility and comfort
  • Small trunk
  • Frustrating infotainment controls

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Lexus LC's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Lexus LC has a score of 8.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Lexus LC a Good Car?

The 2020 Lexus LC is a great luxury sports car. Its upscale interior and lively handling make it an appealing option, and it’s one of the few sports cars to offer a hybrid powertrain. Add in a fantastic predicted reliability rating and refined ride, and it’s easy to see why this Lexus merits a spot on your short list.

Should I Buy the Lexus LC?

If you want an excellent combination of elegance and performance, this Lexus is for you. Its polished powertrains blend sporty tuning with grand tourer elements for an engaging driving experience. It does have a couple of shortcomings, such as a tiny trunk and frustrating infotainment controls.

It may be worth looking at rivals like the Jaguar F-Type, which offers a lineup of muscular engines, or the BMW 8 Series, which has easier-to-use tech features and a larger trunk than the Lexus. Both can also be had in coupe or convertible body styles, whereas the Lexus LC 500 only comes as a coupe – for now.

Compare the LC, F-Type, and 8 Series »

Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus LC?

With no major changes to the 2020 LC, we recommend shopping for an older model to save some money. The 2019 model is nearly identical to the new LC and likely less expensive. You could save even more money by shopping for a used 2018 LC, but you’d miss out on the appealing updates that came with the 2019 model. These include more standard features, such as Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hot spot, and tweaks to the steering and transmission that enhance overall performance. Lexus introduced the LC for the 2018 model year.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 LC and 2019 LC reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 LC »

We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Lexus LC in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 18 professional reviews.

This 2020 Lexus LC review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Lexus LC Cost?

The 2020 Lexus LC 500 has a starting MSRP of $92,950, and the hybrid Lexus LC 500h starts at $97,460. These may seem like high prices, but it’s not uncommon to spend around $100,000 or more on a luxury sports car.

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 Porsche 911?

You can’t go wrong choosing between the Porsche 911 and the Lexus RC. Both are fantastic vehicles. Few cars can rival the 911’s formidable handling, and unlike the LC, the Porsche offers all-wheel drive. However, the Lexus has a larger trunk and a more elegant cabin. The Porsche is both faster and more athletic than the Lexus, but the LC is still formidable, especially if you enjoy the sound of a V8 engine under the hood.

Which Is Better: Lexus LC or Lexus RC?

The Lexus RC comes in a few variants, and most – including the Lexus RC 300 and the RC 350 – cost substantially less than the LC. The closest matchup with the LC 500 is the performance-oriented Lexus RC F. Its V8 engine makes roughly as much horsepower as the LC 500's. Both vehicles have lively handling and are enjoyable to drive. The RC F has a larger trunk than the LC and a more affordable price ($64,900 versus $92,950). These Lexuses are both compelling sporty coupes, and the choice ultimately boils down to personal preference and budget.

Compare the LC, 911, and RC »

LC Interior

How Many People Does the LC Seat?

The LC is a 2+2 sports car, meaning it has four seats in total. Leather upholstery is standard, as are power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation. Upgrades include front sport seats with additional side support and Alacantara inserts, as well as a heated steering wheel.

The front seats provide all-day comfort. They’re supportive too, especially the available sport seats. The rear seats are small, but getting in and out of the car is easy.

LC and Child Car Seats

This luxury sports coupe comes with two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear seats.

LC Interior Quality

The LC boasts a rich cabin full of high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces.

LC Cargo Space

There is 5.4 cubic feet of trunk space in the Lexus LC 500, which is small for the luxury sports car class. Because of the placement of its lithium-ion battery pack, the hybrid model has only 4.7 cubic feet of room.

LC Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The LC’s Enform infotainment system comes with a 10.3-inch display, a Remote Touchpad controller, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a 12-speaker premium stereo.

A 13-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system is available. Android Auto is not offered.

The remote touchpad is distracting and difficult to use, especially while driving, and many functions are buried in layers of menus.

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LC Performance

LC Engine: Eager

The nonhybrid LC 500 has a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The hybrid LC 500h has a 3.5-liter V6 engine and two electric motors that combine to produce 354 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. A multistage hybrid automatic transmission comes standard.

Both powertrains provide more than enough pep for most driving scenarios. Models with the V8 engine sprint from zero to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds. Both automatic transmissions generally shift smoothly and quickly.

LC Gas Mileage: About What You’d Expect

The base Lexus LC 500 gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. That’s below average for the luxury sports car class. It’s worth noting that this vehicle comes with a V8 engine, while many of its rivals have standard turbocharged four- or six-cylinder variants. Compared to V8-powered rivals, the LC’s estimates are about average.

For something more fuel-efficient, look to the hybrid. At 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, the LC 500h gets some of the best fuel economy ratings in the segment.

LC Ride and Handling: Confident and Comfortable

This Lexus provides a comfortable ride, and its suspension soaks up most road flaws. It tackles turns with the composure expected of a sports car, though maybe not with the ferocity of some of its rivals. It comes only as a rear-wheel-drive coupe.

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LC Reliability

Is the Lexus LC Reliable?

The 2020 Lexus LC has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Lexus LC Warranty

Lexus covers this car with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Read more about reliability »

LC Safety

LC Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Lexus LC. That’s common for high-end luxury vehicles.

LC Safety Features

The Lexus LC 500 and its hybrid counterpart come with several standard safety features, such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera. Also included is Lexus’ Safety System+, which groups a pre-collision warning and automatic emergency braking system, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

A head-up display is available, as are front and rear parking sensors.

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LC Dimensions and Weight

This luxury vehicle is about 15.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,280 to 4,435 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Lexus LC Built?

Lexus builds the 2020 LC 500 and 500h in Japan.

Which Lexus LC Model Is Right for Me?

Lexus offers the LC in two main variants: LC 500 and the hybrid LC 500h.

The main difference between these two relates to the powertrain. Both have rear-wheel drive and a comparable list of features, including a 10.3-inch infotainment display, navigation, Lexus’ Remote Touchpad, Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 12-speaker premium stereo, and satellite radio. Heated and ventilated front seats and power-adjustable front seats are also standard.

Standard safety features in both coupes include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver aids.

Both cars can be outfitted with the Performance package for $5,960. It adds eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats with Alacantara inserts, active rear steering, and variable gear-ratio steering. The Sport package includes the sport seats, and it can be had with a glass roof for $1,400 or a carbon fiber roof for $2,960.

You could also outfit the LC with the Touring package. It costs $1,790 and comes with semi-aniline leather-trimmed front seats and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. There’s also the All-Weather package, which offers a heated steering wheel for $250.

Lexus also offers several stand-alone options with both models. Some of these include a Torsen limited-slip rear differential ($390), a head-up display ($900), front and rear parking sensors ($500), the 13-speaker Mark Levinson stereo ($1,220), and a carbon fiber rear spoiler (just under $1,200).

Lexus LC 500

With a starting MSRP of $92,950, the Lexus LC 500 features a 471-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Lexus LC 500h

The hybrid Lexus LC 500h has a base MSRP of $97,460. It pairs two electric motors with a 3.5-liter V6 engine to produce 354 horsepower. It also has a variable hybrid automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery.

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.

See 2020 Lexus LC specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Lexus LC is a high-end luxury coupe inside and out. It has a silky ride and nimble handling, as well as a premium cabin. It’s also one of the only luxury sports cars to offer a gas-electric powertrain as an option. Some of its rivals cost less and have more straightforward infotainment systems, as well as larger trunks and livelier performance, but as far as sports cars go, the Lexus LC stands out from the pack.

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

  • "The 2020 LC is a stunning example of contemporary design, with sleek bodywork and subtle details that wouldn't be out of place on a concept car. While the Lexus sports car has a hefty curb weight and an uninspired hybrid powertrain, it also has a mighty V-8 that sounds great and one of the nicest interiors on the planet. The only other warts on this vehicular beauty are a frustrating infotainment system and a small trunk. Still, the LC is the most desirable Lexus in a long time. It accelerates on command and drives with a feeling of solidity. The 2020 LC could be lighter and a little more athletic, but it's guaranteed to make its driver look and feel like a star." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2019 Lexus LC 500 is a luxury sport coupe that brilliantly marries comfort and performance." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
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