Lexus LC 500
Lexus LC 500
Lexus LC 500

2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe

Pros: Exotic looks; luxurious cabin; strong acceleration, especially with LC 500 model

Cons: Nearly useless back seat, complicated control interface; limited cargo room

CG Says: The Lexus LC coupe gains a convertible companion for 2021. The LC coupe has revised suspension and gains Active Cornering Assist that can brake the inner wheels to improve cornering. Plus, LC gets Android Auto functionality. Lexus introduced its flagship high-performance coupe for 2018. The 2021 Lexus LC is an exotic grand touring machine that boasts rakish styling and a very luxurious interior; it is both larger and more expensive than the Lexus RC coupe. The LC coupe comes in two forms: the LC 500, with a 471-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, or the LC 500h, which has a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.5-liter V6 and two electric motors for a total of 354 hp. The convertible doesn’t offer the hybrid power train. The V8 is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and the hybrid also has 10 speeds forward, although it involves the combination of a 4-speed automatic and a planetary gear set. All LCs are rear-wheel drive; unlike the RC, all-wheel drive is not available. Lexus claims the LC 500 coupe is capable of accelerating 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 168 mph. Available features include forward-collision and pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, automatic high-beam headlamps, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitor, limited-slip differential, and active rear steering. The head-turning LC is an exciting entry in the premium sport market. Although the prices of these cars can easily exceed $100,000, the LC 500 has the power and agile handling to challenge the European exotic coupes and convertibles, plus the LC 500h offers surprisingly invigorating performance from its smooth, efficient (for a luxury exotic) hybrid powertrain.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices LC 500 coupe: $93,975
LC 500 convertible: $102,025
LC 500h coupe: $98,535

Base Engine
5.0-liter V8 (LC 500)
Horsepower
471
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15-16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6/electric motor (LC 500h)
Horsepower
354
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

Lexus LC 500 convertible
2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible
Lexus LC 500h
2021 Lexus LC 500h coupe
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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