Buyer's Guide

2022 Lexus Lc
Select a Different Model (3 Available): 500 Convertible
Fuel Economy $ 15 / 25 mpg
Horsepower 471@7,100
Torque 398@4,800
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2022 Lexus LC MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Fantastic V-8 engine
  • Exquisite interior and exterior design
  • Relatively affordable compared to some rivals

Cons

  • Unimpressive acceleration
  • Mediocre hybrid drivetrain
  • Clunky infotainment

If you want to turn heads in a Lexus, the best way to do it is from behind the wheel of an LC. This is the range-topping flagship of the Lexus lineup, a dramatically styled luxurious two-door that's more exciting than anything Lexus has built since the legendary LFA. The LC competes with other luxury grand touring cars including the BMW 8 Series and Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

What's New

  • Lexus LC500 Bespoke Build coupe-only special edition
  • Sport package now includes 21-inch staggered-width wheels
  • New sport seat cushion design
  • Revised front and rear suspension tuning
  • Revised variable steering and rear steering tuning

What We Think

The LC is an outstanding grand touring coupe. Not only is it well executed, but it also stands out, both as a stunningly styled flagship and as the only vehicle in its segment to offer a naturally aspirated V-8. The LC serves well as a halo car for the Lexus brand, even if its athleticism can't quite stand up to its own racy proportions.

Neither of the LC's available powertrains provides particularly impressive straight-line performance. Although the hybrid variant offers strong fuel economy numbers, it features an overcomplicated setup—the engine, two motors, and two transmissions don't always work well together, something evident when the car is driven hard. As such, the LC finished last in our super-hybrid comparison. Do yourself a favor and buy an LC with the fantastic 5.0-liter V-8; especially as a convertible with the top down, the aural experience is as sweet as anything in the industry.

The gorgeously detailed interior is marred by its ungainly touchpad-controlled infotainment setup, a problem that has plagued Lexus vehicles for years. Like all vehicles in the segment, the rear seat is effectively useless for anyone but the smallest children, but the LC also has a problematically small trunk. Simply put, the flagship Lexus is far from perfect. But we can understand why some buyers will be willing to sacrifice a few things to enjoy its impossibly stylish design and awesome V-8.

Performance and Efficiency

Lexus offers the LC with a pair of interesting engine choices, the first being a 3.5-liter hybrid V-6 in the LC500h. The engine is paired with two electric motors, a CVT automatic, and a four-speed conventional automatic; the system sends its 354 hp to the rear wheels. The 0-60-mph sprint takes 5.3 seconds, and EPA fuel economy numbers read an impressive 26/34 mpg city/highway.

That all sounds well and good, but you won't believe the symphony that comes from the available V-8. Lexus equips the LC500 with a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 that emits one of the greatest sounds in the industry. With no turbo- or superchargers to muffle the exhaust, the engine can properly sing. Output measures 471 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. With a 10-speed automatic routing power to the rear wheels, the LC500 will reach 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, but fuel economy ratings drop to 15/25 mpg.

Safety Ratings and Features

Lexus includes a host of driver assist features as standard. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beams, and blind-spot monitoring are featured on all trims. Like many high-dollar luxury vehicles, the LC hasn't been crash-tested by the IIHS or the NHTSA.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Although the LC offers more rear legroom than a BMW 8 Series coupe, space for extra passengers in any luxury 2+2 is tight. Where the LC really struggles is its puny trunk.

Legroom (front/rear) Cargo Space (trunk)
2022 Lexus LC Coupe 42.0/32.5 inches 5.4 cubic feet
2022 BMW 8 Series Coupe 42.1/29.5 inches 14.8 cubic feet

Technology

Every version of the LC features a 10.3-inch split-screen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Unfortunately, it still works with the Lexus trackpad controller that we have found difficult to use. 

Is There an LC500 Convertible?

Although it wasn't available at launch, as of 2021, Lexus now sells a version of the two-door LC with a retractable soft top roof. With the top down, it's that much easier to hear the naturally aspirated V-8, which is the only of the LC coupe's two engines available under the hood of the convertible.

Recommended Trim

Go convertible! The best part of the LC (other than its fantastically detailed interior and achingly pretty design) is the sound of its available V-8, and the best way to hear it is with 93 million miles of headroom and the exhaust note bouncing off the walls on either side of a canyon road. 

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2022 LEXUS LC SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V8 5.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Direct Shift 10 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (AGA0E)
Trim
500 Convertible
Class
Luxury Performance Car
Horsepower
471@7,100
Standard MPG
15/25
Body Style
Convertible
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$1000 Lexus announces a College Graduate Reward Program on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2022
$1000 Lexus announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible Military personnel. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2022
$1000 Lexus announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Lexus announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 2.25% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Lexus announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022