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2018 Lexus LC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Lexus LC was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The interior of the 2018 Lexus LC is incredibly upscale, with an elegant design, high-quality materials, and a handsome aesthetic. The front seats are supportive and comfortable. The back seat is medium-sized and gets mixed reviews for its comfort level for adults. Cargo room is small, and the infotainment controls are difficult to use.

  • "As the exteriors of Lexus products have grown more frenzied and polarizing, the interiors have become absolutely fabulous. This trend started with the cockpitlike innards of the LFA supercar (but in that car the button to activate reverse was somewhere near your right knee) and has continued through the new IS. It very well might have reached its zenith here in the LC. I'm blown away by what I experienced, specifically the cars that are specced out in tan. The quality of the leather, the Alcantara, the metal work, the overall design—it all reminded me of the best I've seen from Italy, only that unlike a certain Ferrari I'm thinking of, the door handles will still be working six months from now. … In terms of other cars currently on sale with better interiors, the only one popping to mind is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. Right on, Lexus." -- Motor Trend
  • "It's those kinds of details that make the interior equally as lovely as the outside. Take the door pulls as another example. In most cars, there is some kind of housing around the handle, hiding the way the mechanism slots in through the trim panel. In the LC that handle sits naked, like a lone tree in a field of Alcantara. All of the trim is stitched by hand, all of the leather is soft, and none of the joints or mating surfaces inside the LC reveal the method of assembly. It's the kind of fine tuning that sets apart established luxury brands and calls out the aspiring ones. With the LC interior, Lexus is showing craftsmanship that belongs in the upper tier." -- Autoblog
  • "The interior itself is a fantastic place to spend time, with its LFA-inspired dash shape, movable center gauge cluster ring and controls. Even in preproduction vehicles, build quality is top-notch, making liberal use of soft leathers and Alcantara with attractive accent stitching." -- CNET

Seating

The Lexus LC seats four people on standard leather and 10-way power-adjustable front seats and leatherette rear seats. Optional seating features include eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats with Alcantara inserts, semi-aniline leather front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Lexus LC has two sets of LATCH car-seat attachments, but the system has not been evaluated for its ease of use.

The LC's front seats are extremely comfortable and provide ample support. The rear seats earn mixed reviews: Some think they're best used as extra storage or for small children only, while others find them spacious enough for two adults.

  • "Speaking of seats, the LC's are phenomenal -- among the most comfortable and supportive examples available from any carmaker today. Lexus says it went through 50 different designs before getting to the ones that kept me locked in place at Monteblanco and comfy over the course of 5 hours of cruising on Spanish roadways. It got it right." -- CNET
  • The base seats are heavily bolstered, and the optional microsuede-trimmed upgrade versions are even more so. But we wonder if both seats might fit a little too tightly for luxury-coupe clientele, and they have surprisingly few adjustments: no bolster or thigh-control adjustment and only two-way lumbar." -- Car and Driver
  • "Just don't volunteer to sit in the back. Rear accommodation is definitely one area the Lexus LC does bear comparison with a Porsche 911." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

Standard features in the Lexus LC include an 8-inch LCD information cluster display, Lexus Enform Remote connectivity, proximity key entry, push-button start, a 12-speaker premium audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, a 10.3-inch infotainment system display screen, the Lexus Enform app suite, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and the Lexus Pre-Collision System with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Optional features include a windshield wiper de-icer, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround-sound audio system, a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The touchpad infotainment system in the LC is difficult to operate, and the system in general is out of date. However, there are still physical buttons for functions like the radio and climate control. Like many other Lexus models, the LC does not support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

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  • "… the navigation and infotainment stuff is still a decade behind the competition. Lexus doesn't seem to care." -- Motor Trend
  • "For entertainment, a Pioneer audio system is standard, while a 13-speaker Mark Levinson unit is optional. Sadly, like all current Lexus vehicles, the LC's infotainment system isn't Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capable, but the company has previously said that both are coming to its cars in the future. Sadly, it also still has the touchpad-based infotainment interface that I've loathed in Lexus' other offerings." -- CNET 
  • Lexus wants the LC to be a driver's car, and so the cockpit is focused on the instrument cluster. Which is just as well, because that allows you to ignore the fussy touchpad interface for the infotainment system. Seriously, we barely used it on our test drive; the essential functions - radio and climate control - are operated by hard buttons. Adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation are standard, so there's a safety net should you attempt operating a force-feedback touchpad while trying to do anything else, such as driving." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The Lexus LC has 5.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than most other sports cars. The LC hybrid only has 4.7 cubic feet of space.

  • "… its overall length is much closer to that of the C-class and more than 10 inches shorter than the S, which helps to explain the LC's paltry trunk space; at five cubic feet, it's half that of the big Mercedes." -- Car and Driver

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