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Overview (Final Score: B+)
For the longest time, Lexus was the safe player in the luxury market. They didn’t go crazy in terms of design or offering the latest tech. Lexus was more interested in the “relentless pursuit of perfection” with offering the most refined and reliable vehicles in the class.
But within the past few years, Lexus has ventured out of their comfort zone. Its vehicle designs are some of the most striking on sale today, along with adding new technology to keep in the fight with other luxury automakers. This culminates in the 2018 Lexus LC 500, a luxury coupe with some serious performance credentials.
What We Love About the 2018 Lexus LC 500:
- Design looks mostly the same as the LC Concept
- V8 engine that delivers the muscle and sound
- Balances sport and comfort
What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Lexus LC 500:
- Very small trunk
- Back seat is best reserved for storing items
- Lexus Inform is still distracting to use
Pricing and Value (10/10)
The 2018 Lexus LC 500 carries a base price of $92,000. Our test car came equipped with a few options, including a Performance Package with Carbon Roof, All-Weather Trim Package, Mark Levinson audio system, heads-up display, and limited-slip differential that brought the final price to $101,715.
This is quite the bargain when you take into consideration what is included and how the LC 500 undercuts rivals from ultra-luxury manufacturers.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (61/70, 87%)
Theis built for those who love to drive. Unlike the LC 500, the smaller size makes the 911 a pleasure to drive on the track or on that special road. A number of models and configuration options also gives the 911 an edge over the LC 500, as you’ll be able to design the vehicle of your dreams. However, the 911 can get crazy expensive if you go overboard on the options list. Also, the 911’s trunk is slightly smaller than the LC 500 at 5.1 cubic feet.
TheCoupe is a prime example of a grand touring coupe. The interior is not only elegant in terms of luxury appointments, but also can fit four people in comfort. It also provides one of the smoothest rides found in an automobile. But the S-Class lacks the performance edge of the LC, unless you opt for one of the AMG models, which cost quite a bit more than the Lexus.
Lexus was able to pull off a difficult act with the LC 500. This is a luxury coupe that can produce a mostly relaxing ride for the daily grind, yet provide a thrill that only a few models can.
The styling might put some people off and Lexus Enform still needs a lot of work. But at the end of the day, the LC 500 makes a lasting impression both in looks and sound.