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2018 Lexus LC Review

The 2018 Lexus LC ranks in the top of the luxury sports car class. It has a posh interior, a superb predicted reliability rating, refined handling, and muscular engine performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch cabin materials
  • Powerful engines
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Awkward infotainment controls
  • Small back seat and cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Lexus LC's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Lexus LC has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 12 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Lexus LC Overview

Is the 2018 Lexus LC a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Lexus LC is an excellent pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury sports car.

The 2018 LC has many highlights:

  • Great predicted reliability rating
  • Agile handling and a comfortable ride
  • Powerful V8 and hybrid V6 engines
  • High fuel economy with hybrid V6
  • High-end cabin materials
  • Seating for up to four people
  • Lots of standard safety features

The LC has a few drawbacks, but overall these aren’t enough to hinder the coupe's appeal:

  • Small rear seats and trunk space
  • Awkward infotainment controls
  • Mediocre V8 gas mileage

You may also want to give the 2018 Lexus RC a look. The smaller RC coupe is fun to drive and has similar styling, but used models are often substantially less expensive to buy. The top-of-the-line RC F Sport has almost the same horsepower as an LC. Even a new 2019 Lexus RC F Sport may cost thousands of dollars less than a used LC.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 12 Lexus LC reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2018 Lexus LC?

Based on listings for the 2018 Lexus LC on our site, the average price is $78,600. Prices range from $73,000 to $85,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Lexus LC Cost to Own?

The 2018 LC’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $37,100, or $7,420 per year. That’s about average for a luxury sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New LC?

Lexus launched the LC coupe as an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year. You can save a lot of money by purchasing a used 2018 model. That said, it may be worth opting for a 2019 Lexus LC because of its updates. These include the addition of the Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa apps. The 2019 LC also benefits from updated transmission software and tweaks to the suspension that yield an even smoother ride.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Lexus LC?

The 2018 Lexus LC has an excellent predicted reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Lexus LC Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Lexus LC:

  • Fuel pump may crack and leak (LC 500 only)

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Lexus LC Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Lexus LC is available in two trim levels: LC 500 and LC 500h. The LC 500 has a V8 engine, while the LC 500h has a hybrid system. Both trims are packed with standard features, and each offers refined driving dynamics. Choosing between them may come down to personal preference. The LC 500’s V8 engine has more muscle than the hybrid system of the LC 500h, but the LC 500h is substantially more fuel-efficient.

  • Lexus LC 500: The LC 500 has a 471-horsepower V8 engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, a 12-speaker stereo, a navigation system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, keyless entry, push-button start, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an adaptive suspension, and 20-inch alloy wheels. The Lexus Safety System+ is also standard. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.
  • Lexus LC 500h: The LC 500h shares these same standard features, but it adds a 354-horsepower hybrid system, which pairs a V6 engine with two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack.

Available features include a 13-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, bolstered sport seats, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, a limited-slip rear differential, active rear-wheel steering, and 21-inch wheels.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the LC?

At the time of writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has put the 2018 Lexus LC through crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • pedestrian detection
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • automatic high-beam headlights

Available advanced safety features:

  • front and rear parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • head-up display

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2018 Lexus LC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Lexus LC or 2018 Porsche 911?

The 2018 Porsche 911 is a fantastic luxury sports car. Like the LC, the 911 offers muscular engine performance, a composed ride, and a wide range of advanced tech and safety features. However, the 911 tops the Lexus when it comes to handling; few cars are as sharp and rewarding to drive. Overall, it may come down to price and personal preference. The LC sports ritzier cabin materials, and used models are often less expensive to buy than a 911. On the other hand, the Porsche’s infotainment system is a bit easier to use. Upper trims of the 911 are likely to be more expensive than an LC. Both are fine options.

Which Is Better: 2018 Lexus LC or 2018 Nissan GT-R?

The 2018 Nissan GT-R is an appealing choice if you want a luxury sports car that can dominate at a racetrack. The GT-R accelerates faster than just about any other car on the market, and its all-wheel-drive system provides sensational grip around turns. That said, the GT-R and its stiff ride fall short of the LC on the street. The GT-R’s interior feels short on luxe materials, and it offers few advanced safety features. The LC is the better pick for most shoppers.

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2018 LC Performance

How Does the 2018 Lexus LC Drive?

The Lexus LC provides a great driving experience. Every LC comes equipped with an adaptive suspension, which has shock absorbers that can instantly stiffen or soften. This setup allows the Lexus to glide comfortably over rough road surfaces yet still carve tightly around turns without losing balance. The LC also benefits from quick and nicely weighted steering, as well as muscular brakes that slow down the coupe confidently. The LC is available with an optional rear-steering system, which can independently turn the rear wheels to allow for tighter cornering, but some test drivers say its benefits are too minimal to notice.

The standard LC 500 model is outfitted with a punchy V8 engine. It’s capable of rocketing the Lexus from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and this acceleration is met with a deep roar from the exhaust. The V8 is matched with an excellent 10-speed automatic transmission. It fires off rapid, yet smooth gear changes, especially when using its shift paddles.

The LC 500h pairs a V6 engine with two electric motors. It also features an advanced variable transmission, which does a fine impression of a conventional automatic. The hybrid powertrain zips the LC up to speed with similar agility but without the character and rumble of the big V8. If that’s what you want in a sports car, you may be disappointed with the LC 500h variant.

  • Base engine: 471-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 in LC 500
  • Available powertrain: 354-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 hybrid in LC 500h
  • Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic in LC 500; continuously variable automatic (CVT) with four-speed automatic in LC 500h
Does the 2018 Lexus LC Get Good Gas Mileage?

The LC 500h’s hybrid system gets excellent fuel economy for a luxury sports car. The LC 500’s V8 engine is far less fuel-efficient.

  • LC 500: 16/26 mpg city/highway
  • LC 500h: 26/35 mpg

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2018 LC Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 LC Seat?

The Lexus LC is a two-door coupe with four seats. The sculpted front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they provide adequate head- and legroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. Visibility is good to the front and rear of the LC as well, which isn’t typical of most sports cars. The rear seats are cramped though, and they are best saved for smaller kids.

The LC’s interior materials are among the best in its segment. Nearly every cabin surface is covered in soft, finely-stitched leather. Styling is also a highlight. The dashboard is angled toward the driver, and it has crisp lines, giving it a cockpit-like feel.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • bolstered sport seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Lexus LC?

The LC has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2018 Lexus LC Features

If there’s one area where the LC lags the competition, it’s in the tech department. The LC’s 10.3-inch infotainment screen looks sharp, but Lexus’ awkward Remote Touch controls require too much attention to use while driving. These consist of a touchpad, buttons, and a dial on the center console. The climate controls are simpler, though; these toggles are arranged in a straight line on the dashboard.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, a touchpad, a 12-speaker stereo, a navigation system, Bluetooth, HD radio, satellite radio, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a 13-speaker Mark Levinson stereo
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, and a sunroof
  • Other available features: a carbon fiber roof

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2018 Lexus LC Dimensions

Lexus LC Cargo Space

The LC 500 has just 5.4 cubic feet of trunk space. The LC 500h hybrid has even less at 4.7 cubic feet of space. Sports cars aren’t known for having a lot of trunk space, but a few luxury sports cars like the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette and 2018 Jaguar F-Type have more room.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Lexus LC Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,280 to 4,435 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Lexus LC Built?

Lexus built the 2018 LC in Japan.

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