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2019 Lexus LC Interior Review

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Interior: 7.4

The 2019 Lexus LC’s interior is a masterpiece in almost every aspect. Its top-shelf materials include supple leather on the seats and dash, and the styling exudes modern sophistication. Seating in the LC is more comfortable than in most low-slung sports cars, no matter if you are riding in the front seats or back. However, two drawbacks worth calling out are its distracting infotainment system and small trunk.

  • "The cabin of the LC is a special place, with a great driving position, rich materials, beautiful craftsmanship, excellent front seats, and loads of technology. Some of its ergonomics can be fussy in practice, but the overall ambience suits the LC's concept-car looks. Fit and finish are excellent and the optional sport seats are true thrones of spinal support." -- Car and Driver
  • "With the LC interior, Lexus is showing craftsmanship that belongs in the upper tier." -- Autoblog (2018)
  • From the seats to the headliner, nearly every surface is draped in supple leather or suede. The penchant for high-quality materials even travels down to smaller details, such as the paddle shifters made of magnesium and the hand-trimmed shift knob. There are a few functional blunders, such as the Lexus Remote Touch infotainment interface, which is unwieldy and frustrating to use, but overall we think highly of the LC 500h. It's proof that Lexus can craft a jaw-dropping coupe that stands toe to toe with some of the most elite grand tourers on sale today." -- Edmunds (2018)

Seating

The LC is a four-seat sports coupe. Leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats with heat and ventilation are standard. Available upgrades include a heated, leather-trimmed steering wheel and eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats with Alcantara inserts.

Although the car sits low to the ground, getting in and out of the front seats doesn't involve the aerobics that some rivals require. These seats are also very comfortable, with restful cushions and ample adjustments to find the ideal position. They also provide good visibility. Similar to other two-door sports cars, the rear seating area is confined, but there is still enough room for medium-size passengers.

The LC has two complete sets of rear-seat LATCH connections for installing car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not evaluated the LC's LATCH system for its ease of use.

  • "Good outward visibility and a comfortable, sporty driving position are the highlights. The Lexus is also easier to get in and out of than many low-slung coupes." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior was designed to be as driver-focused as you'd hope from a sports coupe, while retaining the elegance and refinement expected from a brand flagship. The seats are designed for all-day comfort and support, while available sport buckets offer additional side bolstering to keep you in place during spirited driving, though horizontally challenged drivers may find them somewhat restrictive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Lexus went through more than 50 seat designs to arrive at the two available bucket versions. Adjustment is limited to six directions plus four-way lumbar support. That's all you need here, just a few simple movements for maximum comfort. We prefer the extra bolster of the optional sport seats, but both are as close to perfect as you can find today. Lexus went so far as to vary the density of the foam at different points in the side bolster, with resin inserts that add stiffness right where you need extra bracing." -- Autoblog (2018)

Interior Features

The LC’s infotainment system is distracting, and it gets more complaints than most rivals’. The 10.3-inch display is not touch friendly, and you adjust most elements using a touchpad mounted in between the seats. For the driver, it's almost impossible to use this touchpad without taking their eyes off the road. Luckily, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa are now standard, presenting drivers with a familiar, voice-operated alternative.

Standard features in the LC include a 10.3-inch display screen, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hot spot, the all-new Dynamic Navigation system, the Lexus Enform app suite, two USB ports, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 12-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, and push-button start. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Most features are standard in the LC, but a few upgrades are available. These include a 13-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a head-up display.

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  • "While Lexus's Enform infotainment system may be packed with features and tech, it is one of our least favorite systems on the market due to its clunky touchpad controller, which requires too much attention from the driver to operate." -- Car and Driver
  • "The main downside is the LC 500's infotainment system, which features a touchpad interface that can be frustrating to use at the best of times. Thankfully, the addition of Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility for 2019 could go some way toward making the system easier to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The only shortcoming, besides the cramped rear seats, is the infotainment system, due to a laptop-style touch pad that's nearly impossible to use accurately while the car is in motion and a convoluted interface that'll have you sifting through multiple menus to access basic functions." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The LC is stingy when it comes to storage space. The LC 500 has a 5.4-cubic-foot trunk, and the LC 500h has 4.7 cubic feet of space. This area gets toasty, though you can carry heat-sensitive items or additional bags in the back seat.

  • "The LC's compact trunk and the non-folding rear seats limit its storage space to just five cubic feet, which is only enough for holding two of our carry-on cases." -- Car and Driver
  • "At 5.4 cubic feet worth of space, the LC's trunk is similar to what you get in a Miata. It's small and shallow, and it has a high liftover. The battery is located under a panel in the trunk floor, so there's no extra storage. The trunk also gets quite hot after even relatively short drives." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is also very small, offering just 5.4 cubic feet, less than all the competitors. The trunk opening is wide, but the compartment is very shallow. I recommend soft-sided luggage, and not much of it." -- USA TODAY (2018)
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