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2020 Lexus LC 500 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Bhavik Sreenath Automotive Journalist Updated on: December 5, 2019


The LC was introduced as the spiritual successor to Lexus’s halo car, the LFA. But unlike the LFA which aimed to take on some of the biggest names in the supercar industry, the LC took a different approach. Unlike its predecessor, the LC is a true blue Grand Tourer and boy, are we happy to say that Lexus has nailed it with the LC 500. It might not be the world's best GT car and it does not pretend to be one either. Instead, it brings its own character into the game which is what works in favor of this Japenese masterpiece.

The creases and curves of the LC look like a finely crafted piece of Japanese origami piece. That's just one part of the story, the amount of tech that's been packed into this car makes it just as powerful as one of the systems that NASA used to operate the Apollo mission. 

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Pros

Sharp design language

Tech laden interior

Naturally Aspirated V8 power plant

Symphonic exhaust note

Cons

Average MPG Figures

Not as sharp as its competitors

What's New?

The LC 500 remains pretty much unchanged but for the 2020 model year, special edition inscription series has been introduced which adds a limited edition Nori Green Pearl paint job.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$92950

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

303 cu.in.

horsepower

471 hp @ 7100 rpm

torque

398 lbs.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

10 Speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.2/64.4

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

187.4 in.

width

75.6 in.

height

53 in.

curb weight

4280 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

85.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

5.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

980 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/25 mpg

ev range

347.2 mi.

highway range

542.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Lexus LC 500 Left Side View  2020 Lexus LC 500 Emblems  2020 Lexus LC 500 3 Quarter View  2020 Lexus LC 500 3 Quarter View  2020 Lexus LC 500 Rear View
Interior
 2020 Lexus LC 500 Rear Seats  2020 Lexus LC 500 Doors  2020 Lexus LC 500 Center Console  2020 Lexus LC 500 Front Seats  2020 Lexus LC 500 Cockpit Area

Styles

 2020 Lexus LC 500 in Atomic Silver color  2020 Lexus LC 500 in Autumn Shimmer color  2020 Lexus LC 500 in Caviar color  2020 Lexus LC 500 in Infrared color
Atomic Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Interior

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lexus LC 500 Base

Base

power
471hp @ 7100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$92,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $92,950 MSRP (16/19/25) 471hp @ 7100 rpm, 5 L, V-8, premium unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


Automotive brands are known for delivering a level of certain consistency with all of their products. Take Porsche, for instance, all of their vehicles that have come out in recent years have a distinct Porsche flavor embedded throughout the interior and exterior of the vehicle, be it an entry-level Boxster or the top of the line 911. The same can't be said for Lexus which has given us products like the manic LF-A, which was full of flaws but its intoxicating soundtrack could make you forget all your pain and sorrows. But then Lexus also gave us the much-hated Lexus RX which in its early days was known to have one of the most hated front fascia in the automotive industry.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Front View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Angular Front View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Rear View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Angular Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Lexus LC 500 Features

7.0/10

The 2020 LC 500 is offered in a single feature-packed trim. Lexus, however, offers quite a few optional extras out of which we would highly recommend such as the Mark & Levinstein audio system and a few other optional extras for the exterior which includes the carbon fiber roof and the 21-inch alloy wheels.

Trim

LC 500

MSRP

$92,950

Key Features

20-inch wheels

 

Adjustable suspension 

 

LED exterior lights

 

12-speaker audio system with satellite radio

 

Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa

 

Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats

 

Power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

 

Adaptive cruise control

 

Automatic high-beam control

 

Heated and auto-dimming mirrors

 

Driver-seat memory settings

 

10.3-inch central display

Which trim do we recommend?

There LC 500 is only offered in a single trim level but we would definitely suggest you tick a few optional extras such as the optional 21-inch wheels and the carbon fiber roof to take the looks of the LC up a notch.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Engine

Lexus has married it's symphonic naturally aspirated V8 to a state of the art 10-speed transmission which effectively combines a conventional 4-speed torque converter unit to a CVT transmission in a sequence which is then made to simulate a 10-speed transmission which delivers seamless shifts and helps in unleashing the full potential of this V8 powertrain.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Engine Bay
The NA V8 powering the Lexus LC 500

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

MSRP

$93,325

$73,700

$84,345

$99,990

$55,895

Engine

5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded

3.0L I6

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

10 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

6 Speed dual-clutch

7 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

471 hp@ 7100rpm

429 hp@ 6100rpm

380 hp@ 6500rpm

565 hp@ 6800rpm

400 hp@ 6400rpm

Torque

398 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

384 ft-lbs@ 4700 rpm

339 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

467 ft-lbs@ 3300rpm

350 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

 *2019 Figures used for reference purposes only

 A 10-speed transmission might seem like a gear too much for any car but somehow the Lexus engineers made it work flawlessly with the 5.0L V8. This car is extremely bipolar and in this context its a compliment. The reason being this Lexus has impeccable street manner as it ponders down streets in complete silence and that 10-speed transmission delivers butter smooth shifts which are barely noticeable but put you food down and some sort of wizardry transforms the engine and the transmission to deliver brutal shifts and an exhaust note that's simply intoxicating.

How fast is it?

A great big natural aspirated V8 dressed up in a futuristic body shell might fool you into thinking that the LC 500 is a throw bread supercar. But if that's the image that’s stuck in your head then the LC might disappoint you. In Spite of that angular body and that glorious exhaust note, the LC 500 is a GT car and expecting anything more out of it would be criminal. 

2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Front View
The LC has really impressive acceleration

The revised gear ratios from the 2019 update do help it shift better and a wee bit faster than before but the LC is best enjoyed cruising down a winding stretch of tarmac while soaking in the scenery along with that glorious V8 rumble.

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

0-60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.3 sec

4.8 sec

2.9 sec

5.4

Quarter mile

13.8 sec

13.4 sec

13.4

11.2 sec

12.6

Engine

5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded

3.0L i6

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

9.3

7.7

9.3

9.8

8.0

How well does it stop?

The LC’s breaks aren’t as sharp as its body lines. The breaks might have the numbers going in its favor when 15.7 ich and 14.1-inch rotors for the front and rear respectively, but the size does not help with the feedback department as the brakes feel wooden at most points which could do with some TLC.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Brakes
The front brakes of the LC 500 are one of the largest in the segment.

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

Brake Front (in.)

15.7

14.6

15

15.3

14

Brake Rear (in.)

14.1

14.2

12.8

15

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4280

4200

3514

3929

3882

60-0 MPH (ft.)

105

115

112

113

110

How does it handle on the road?

The ride of the LC is sublime, to say the least, with its electronic wizardry which includes a limited-slip differential and low center of gravity, the LC 500 does manage to hold its ground quite well. The suspension setup onboard the LC 500 is clearly tuned towards comfort but it does a pretty commendable job and cornering as the body roll is very well contained. 

2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Rear View
The LC 500 embraces corners with open arms

The use of active dampers and various drive modes ensure that the LC 500 is also capable of taking up some high spirited driving. The three-spoke steering wheel translates a good amount of feedback to the driver even though it isn’t the best when it comes to agility. Hence the LC 500 proves to be an easy car to live with on a daily basis thanks to its light steering but that might be the reason why the LC isn’t the perfect track tool. 

2020 Lexus LC 500 Fuel Economy

In a day and age where most of its European and German rivals are ditching big engines and going with turbos to extract more power out of their downsized power plants, Lexus has gone old school in an attempt to revive the sheer joy that a naturally aspirated engine is capable of generating. But the LC by no means is an eco-warrior with its 5.0L V8 and it will not be saving any polar bears either with its 16 mpg average fuel economy.

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

MPG (city)

16

21

18

16

20

MPG (highway)

25

28

26

22

27

MPG (combined)

19

23

21

18

22

Range (miles) (city/highway)

347/543

365/487

333/481

312.0/429.0

400/540

Tank Capacity (gal)

21.7

17.4

18.5

19.5

20.0

But if eco is your game then theirs always the LC 500h for you.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Interior

7.5/10

The LC 500’s interiors can be best described as fine-crafted automotive origami. Each panel looks meticulously put together and touches to make it stand out from other Lexus products are very evident. 

Everything from the door handle to the layered panel on the door cards looks like the work of a futuristic visionary. It might not be the most practical or ergonomic but it surely is one of the prettiest interiors we have come across in anything with wheels.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Seats
The seats of the LC 500 are extremely comfortable.

The rear bench onboard the LC 500 is best left alone or at best left for child seats or toddlers as anyone with projections resembling legs might have an issue sticking to the back seats. The front seats, however, are quite comfortable and feature seat heating and ventilation apart from the standard electronic adjustment, but what might come as a surprise to some is the fact that the LC misses out on massaging seats which is a shame considering the LC’s GT credentials and its price tag.

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

Passenger capacity

4

4

2

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/56.5/42.0

40.9/56.1/41.8

37.0/56.5/43.0

38.1/54.3/44.6

37.4/54.6/43.1

Second  (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

32.2/49.0/32.5

36.4/50.3/34.1

-

33.5/50/26.4

34.5/52.0/32.4

The LC might be packed with tech but getting the hang of it might take some expert guidance from the folks dressed in white lab coats from NASA. The infotainment features a high res widescreen display as expected from a high-end luxury Grand Tourer such as the LC, but that where the good news ends for this infotainment as the touchpad setup is redundant and takes ages to get used to, even after that it is not at all intuitive to use. The only saving grace for this infotainment setup has to be the fabulous Mark and Levenstein surround sound system which sounds almost as good as the V8 rumble.

What's there to entertain you?

2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Infotainment system
The infotainment screen of the LC 500 is bright and crisp.
  • LCD Instrument Cluster with MID
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity
  • SiriusXM Satellite/HD Radio with Homelink
  • Scout GPS with Subscription-Free Traffic and Weather
  • Steering Wheel-mounted Audio, Cruise, MID and Voice control
  • Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0
  • 4G LTE with Wi-Fi support

How much cargo can it store?

A Grand Tourer is only expected to perform a certain set of tasks which usually involves taking its rich owners on cross-continental journeys with enough space to carry their Louis Vitton duffle bags along with space for a set of Golf Clubs depending on the occasion. The LC 500, however, fails to tick this box with its poor cargo capacity courtesy a lousy 5.4 cubic feet cargo bay and a tailgate opening which is too narrow for anything bigger than a basketball.

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

5.4

10.0

7.0

8.8

8.7

All in all the LC 500 is not the best choice if you plan to pack for a long trip as a couple of duffel bags is all that the LC 500 can afford to carry in its boot. However, the rear seats do make for good cargo bay as it's not really suitable for seating people over long journeys.

Creature comforts on offer

  • Climate Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Front Door Pockets
  • Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe dashboard
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe dashboard
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe seats
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe seats
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Infotainment System
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Infotainment System
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Steering wheel
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Steering wheel

2020 Lexus LC 500 Exterior

The Design of the LC 500 looks like it will feel right at home in the sequel to Back to the future. The LC 500 is one of those rarities of the auto industry that managed to get from concept to production stage without sacrificing any of its radical design elements, giving us an exact version of the concept vehicle in production spec.

Starting with the LC’s front facia, the spindle shape grill placed in the middle of the wide-body gives the LC 500 tonnes of presence. The Lights on the LC 500 are probably the best representation of headlights in the automotive business. The triple projector setup with the LED DLRs merging into the body is modern automotive art at its best. The side profile is simple and uncluttered but the bold creases make an everlasting impression on whoever lays eyes on this magnificent machine. 

2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Front View
The aggressive grille of the LC 500 is its identity. 

The rear profile of the LC is straight out of 2120 and that is largely due to the use of the 3D hologram style tail lamps which is nothing close to what we have seen from the automotive industry. The quad exhaust tips are blended seamlessly into the two squared out exhaust tips which look like an aesthetic extension to the vertically slatted scoops in the bumper which also happen to house the LED turn indicators.

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Coupe

Nissan GTR Pure

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

4280

4200

3514

3929

3882

Length(in)

187.4

190.6

176.0

185.4

184.4

Width(in)

75.6

80.9

74.2

74.6

72.8

Height(in)

53.0

56.3

51.6

53.9

54.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.2

4.7

4.1

N/A

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

113.0

113.1

103.2

109.4

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

64.2/64.4

64.1/62.8

62.4/64.1

62.6/63

61.2/61.8

The LC is offered with three different wheel sizes to choose from which range from a 19inch all the way up to 21inch spindle style chrome wheels with black accents and they feel right at home in the LC 500 and add to the vehicle’s futuristic theme.

Highlights of the exterior design

  • 20" Forged Wheels
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
  • Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
  • Door Edge Film By 3M
  • Carbon Fiber Lower Grille Insert
  • Premium Paint
  • 21" Forged Wheels 
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Headlight
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Headlight
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Headlight
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Headlight
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Grill
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Headlight
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Top View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Top View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe 3rd Rear View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe 3rd Rear View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Rear View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Rear View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Rear View
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Rear View

2020 Lexus LC 500 Safety

Lexus is a brand that gives foremost importance to occupant's safety. Hence it is packed with the best in safety tech and for the 2020 model year, Lexus has standardized the safety and convenience package for the LC 500 which adds cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring as a part of the standard kit. Some of the available safety features are

  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Rear Integrated Headrests
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control

2020 Lexus LC 500 Competition

Lexus LC 500 vs Jaguar F Type R Dynamic

The F-Type is undeniably the sportier car of the lot and if top down, wind in the hair motoring is what you are into then it's definitely the one for you. The F-Type range also offers a wide range of engine options which range from the base 2.0 four-cylinder unit all the way up to the top of the line supercharged V8 and the F-Type is no less of a looker but the LC 500 is the better GT car of the two and the Lexus offers unconventional looks in a sensible package.

2020 Jaguar F Type R Dynamic
2020 Jaguar F Type R Dynamic

Lexus LC 500 vs Nissan GT-R Pure

The Godzilla needs no introduction to the world of supercars and if its outright performance then you can pick the GT-R with your eyes closed as its a tool designed to tackle racetracks and shatter lap records but if elegance is the name of your game then the Lexus is the one for you, in spite of the fact that the GT-R offers more usable interior and definitely a more usable infotainment but it still lacks the character that the LC 500 manages to bring to the game.

2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe

 

2020 Lexus LC 500 Final Verdict

Should you buy the LC 500?

The LC 500 is Lexus’s answer to what the future of automobiles would look like. The LC is more of a statement than an automobile with its cutting edge design language and the unadulterated V8 engine note, the LC is something to be savored and not just driven around. Even with almost 500 horsepower and a manic 10-speed transmission, the thrust is delivered in an elegant fashion which is simply soul-satisfying.

This car truly is a brutal samurai dressed up in a fancy tux.