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2021 Lexus LC 500 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 17, 2020
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Totan Banerjee

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With the year 2020 coming to an end, be ready to be dazzled by the stunning luxury sports car from the house of Lexus, we are talking about the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe. The stinger bee on the road and the king of comfort, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is here to impress with its 2021 all new avatar. This time the Luxury on wheels will not just impress you with its plush character but Lexus plans to price the vehicle in a much more competitive fashion. 

Speaking of power, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe comes with an interesting hybrid powertrain, which includes the high performance 5.0 L naturally aspirated V8. The wonderful sound of the engine mashed with the powerful and gripping performance on the road, the car hits right up to the sweet spots. The Lexus LC500 is inspired by Lexus own LC model, which was previously the most luxurious car from the brand.

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Pros

Superb exterior design

High tech interior features

Powerful engine in segment

Cons

Confusing infotainment feature

Laggy transmission unit

Limited cargo space

What's New?

The 2021 Lexus LC500 coupe will not occupy the same space on road, like its past year’s model. The 2021 version of the vehicle draws a lot of new things for the coming year including new Android Auto smartphone integration, new Active Cornering Assist feature, revised transmission and redesigned suspension setup for improved handling and performance. Till now these changes have been hinted by the manufacturer Lexus for its 2021 LC500. However, Lexus also plans to rethink the pricing of the vehicle.


2021 Lexus LC 500 Latest Update

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Styles

2021 Lexus LC 500 in Atomic Silver color 2021 Lexus LC 500 in Cadmium Orange color 2021 Lexus LC 500 in Solar Flare Yellow color 2021 Lexus LC 500 in Infrared color 2021 Lexus LC 500 in Liquid Platinum color 2021 Lexus LC 500 in Nightfall Mica color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine And Performance

9.1

Fuel Economy

6.6

Interior

8.1

Exterior

9.1

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.9

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Lexus LC 500 Base

Base

power
471 hp @ 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) 471 hp @ 7100 rpm, 5L, V-8, premium unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The Lexus LC 500 is a luxury smart coupe with a feel rich, sleek and stylish exterior design. However, the Interior is inspired by the LC, it gives quite a different feel to the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe and adds to the overall aesthetic. The car comes in hot in the competition line-up, including Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, BMW M850i and theNissan GT-R. Let's see if the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe has got it all under control or faces ruthless defeat. To find out, keep reading.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Front View
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Rear View

7.6/10
Features

 
 
 

9.1/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

9.1/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 

7.9/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Lexus LC 500 Features

7.6/10

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 comes in two trims differentiated by the distinct powertrains. One gets the gas-only 5.0L V8 naturally aspirated engine and the other receives a hybrid treatment. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe receives a 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 engine mated with the 10-speed direct-shift transmission, irrespective of the trim however, there is also a downgrade option of the LC available with only a total of detuned engine having 354hp that runs the coupe. 

Trim

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe 

MSRP (RWD)

$92,950

Key Features

471hp, 5.0 L V8 Engine

 

10-Speed Direct-shift Automatic Transmission

 

20-inch wheels

 

Magnesium Paddle Shifters

 

Carbon Fibre Components

 

Two additional exterior colors: Cadmium Orange and Nori Green Pearl

 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa

However, the Lexus LC 500 has its own fanboys, and those speed enthusiasts might not want to compromise with the performance and wouldn’t settle for less power. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 also receives an upscale interior design and some detailed optimizations on the car’s aero. The LC 500 is an overall package of style, luxury, precision and performance and above all it gives the rivals a run for their money.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe, as mentioned comes in two different variants, depending on the powertrain you choose. The gas-only version costs around $92,000 and the hybrid version stands at an offering price of $97,000. As expected of the brand, Lexus offers a plethora of features inside the cabin that justify the price tag of the car. If the power does not impress you, the premium interiors definitely would. 

This car is made to perform, the chassis contains a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber, to make the car lighter as well as sturdy. The adaptive cruise control and the whole array of driver-assist features never seizes to impress. Moving on, owning this luxury sports car may come with quite a handful of maintenance. The overall cost to manage the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe isn’t too pricey at all. 

Few trips to the service and the car give you the performance, as it was brand new. The reliability of Lexus is unquestionable. The brand stands for its quality, performance, and luxury to begin with. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is a luxury sports car, but that does not mean it's fragile. The car can take a beating and can easily stand the test of time. This car is designed to deliver ravishing speeds, which it does and the quality of the car as well as the ride is impeccable.

Warranty

If you buy this car, you need not worry about any shortcomings in the craftsmanship. Rarely, but if that is the case and the car breaks down, the company offers 4 years or 60,000 miles of the basic warranty, 6 years or 72,000 miles of powertrain warranty, and an 8 year or 100,000 miles warranty for all the hybrid-related components. The company also offers a few service trips in the first few months of purchase, complimentary.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Buying Advice

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is an amazing car to own. It serves the purpose of a daily driver for workplace commute but is not just limited to that. This car is capable of making fast cars look slow on a freeway. The 472 HP engine, maybe a bit behind the competition, but does a wonderful job on the road. The car is relatively affordable. The car costs a couple of grand less than the competition and the performance and the luxury are still at par with them. 

The best thing about the 2021 year model is the addition of the hybrid trim to the LC 500. Not only does it uplift the performance but it also is far more efficient than the regular gas-only model. The question still stands, the hybrid or the gas-only? Looking at the needs and desires of a customer in the 21st century, the hybrid trim checks off all the boxes on the list. Oozing performance, better efficiency, less pollution, and much more. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe Is a car worth its price tag.

Is buying a used Lexus LC 500 coupe a good idea?

The idea of buying a used car is considerable for people on tighter budgets, however, going for a used car in the case of a hybrid trim is not the brightest idea. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is a winner at the price that is offered, but if you don’t want to pay a price that high, there are plenty of used options for every price bracket, that might be more value for money than a used Lexus LC 500 coupe.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Engine and Performance

9.1/10

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe receives an astounding 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 engine that cranks out a substantial 472 HP at 392 lb-ft of torque. The engine is a very powerful one and when mated with the 10 speed electronically controlled direct-shift transmission, creates an unforgettable driving experience. 

The engine has a satisfying sound and the person behind the wheel feels the power transmitted by the engine throughout. This two door coupe has another variant planned for the 2021 model year. The hybrid trim comes with an Atkinson cycle following a 3.6L V6 engine coupled with 2 electric motors and mashed with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). The hybrid powertrains ooze more power to the car and make the driving experience more frenzy and efficient.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Engine

Speaking of efficiency, the car comes in a rear-wheel-drive configuration, which gives it a great initial acceleration as well as lowers the fuel consumption of the car. The overall experience is exhilarating and sporty, as promised by the company. The driver enjoys about 500 horses ready to go in a flash.

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Jaguar F-Type R coupe

BMW M850i *

Nissan GT-R*

MSRP

$92,950

$103,200.00

$111,900.00

$113,540.00

Engine

The 5.0-Litre V8 gasoline engine

5.0-Liter V8 Supercharged Engine

4.4-Litre Twin Turbo V8 Engine

3.8-Litre Twin-Turbo V6 Engine

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-speed electronically controlled Direct-shift 

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Shiftable Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power

471 hp@ 7100rpm

575 hp @ 6000 rpm

523 hp @ 5500 rpm

565 hp @ 6800 rpm

Torque

398 lb-ft@ 4800

516 lb-ft@ 3500

553 lb-ft@ 1800

467 lb-ft@ 3300

The 471 HP offered by the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is much less than the Jaguar F Type. The Lexus, however, powerful looks a bit behind in terms of raw power. The important thing to notice is the huge price gap between the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe and its competition, being oddly priced, the LC 500 coupe does prove to be the best in its category.

2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe Acceleration And Braking Performance

This sports car can give you a snazzy experience behind the wheel. Just press the pedal and watch the cargo mad. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe stands firm in its category of sports cars. with the 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 engine powering the whole car and mated with the 10-speed direct-shift transmission. The outstanding weight balance and the optimized exteriors, give this car an extra little push for maximum speeds.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 4.4 sec

Jumping to the numbers, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe touches the 60 mph mark in just 4.4 seconds and crosses the quarter mile distance in just 13 seconds. The sub 5 seconds 0-60 mph time gives you all the adrenaline you need in a drive. Being sporty and agile does not take away from the cruising options in this car, with adaptive cruise control the driver feels relaxed during long stretches and there is reduced strain on the powertrain.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Brake

The car is offered with four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes to bring the car to a halt. In addition to that, the electronic brake-force distribution, the individual ABS channels, and the brake assist features help achieve a linear braking experience. The core braking mechanism includes a 6 piston caliper braking system for optimum braking.

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Jaguar F-Type R coupe

BMW M850i *

Nissan GT-R*

0-60 MPH

4.4 seconds

3.5 seconds

3.5 seconds

2.9 seconds

Quarter-Mile 

13 seconds

11.7 seconds

11.9 seconds

11 seconds

Top-Speed

168 MPH

200 MPH

155 MPH

196 MPH

60-0 MPH

N/A 

N/A

107 ft

94 ft

Speaking of speeds, the braking system in this car is one of the best in the market. For starters, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe comes with standard 20-inch wheels, which grip the road like they were meant to be. The Nissan GTR is the fastest of the bunch, touching 60mph in under 3 seconds, that is an amazing feat in itself.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Fuel Economy

6.6/10

Although the performance of this coupe isn’t disappointing, it is not as impressive as the competition. However, moving to efficiency, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe remains unmatched. Looking just at the gas-only powertrain, the car achieves an average mpg of 16 in the suburbs, 25 on the highway and 19 combined. 

The fuel tanks are bigger than 22 gallons and the range is an astonishing 577 miles. The hybrid LC 500 adds stars to the face of the fuel economy. The electric motors make the powertrain use a lesser amount of fuel and lead to a reduced carbon footprint. The sporty feel ravishes it on the tracks but also prepares to go hundreds of miles at a stretch for a trip. Let’s see how the car compares to the competition in terms of fuel economy:

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Jaguar F-Type R coupe

BMW M850i *

Nissan GT-R*

MPG (City)

16 

16

18

16

MPG (Highway)

25 

24

25

22

MPG (Combined)

19 

18

20

18

Fuel Capacity 

21.7 Gallons

18.5 Gallons

18 Gallons

19.5 Gallons

Range (City/Highway)

577.20/754.80 Miles

296/444 Miles

324/450 Miles

312/429 Miles

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is the most efficient car of the bunch. Although Lexus is beaten by the BMW in terms of combined mpg, the fuel capacity and the range of the Lexus take it up a notch and appear victorious in this criterion.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Interior

8.1/10

The latest 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe comes with an updated climate control system and an upscale infotainment deck as well. The magnesium pedal shifters and all the metal accents make the car look even more classy than it is and raises the bar too high to cross. The interiors are spacious, ergonomic, and practical. And with the added drops of luxury, the driving experience levels unknown before and gives you a wholesome experience.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Cockpit Area

The coupe is wrapped in leather from the inside. The rich and classy Alcantara upholstery brings out the class in this coupe. The added wooden accents can be made to match the color of the seats, which look as fantastic as they feel. speaking of comfort, you rest on the finest foam padded seats which give you apt support and comfort. 

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Jaguar F-Type R coupe

BMW M850i *

Nissan GT-R*

Seating Capacity

4

2

4

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.2/56.5/42.0

36.8/56.5/42.8

38.9/57.2/42.1

38.1/54.3/44.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

32.2/49.0/32.5

NA

33.6/46.9/29.5

33.5/50/26.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

5.4

14.4

14.8

8.8

 Other than the interior space and luxury, the practicality is limited on the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe. The BMW receives the biggest trunk amongst the bunch and the car under observation the least. However, Lexus makes this up with the extravagant interior space.

How’s the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe’s infotainment system?

You need not worry about the infotainment on the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe, as they’ve got it covered. With the latest rendition of the Lexus Enform on board, the infotainment system receives quite an upgrade over the 2020 year model. The car also collaborates, Android Auto and AppleCarplay for a better entertainment experience. 

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Infotainment Screen

The infotainment system resides in a 10.3-inch high-resolution display, which is crisp and interactive. The sound hub consists of a top-notch speaker system in place for immersive sound quality. With the mainstream features, the car also offers additional features like the Lexus app installed in the app carousel to notify or alert about any reminders or notifications. Also, the company offers subscriptions to integrated smart devices such as Amazon Alexa.

  • Real-time weather display
  • 915W premium amplifier
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player
  • Enform WiFi (complimentary 4 GB trial for 3 months) internet access
  • Enform Destination Assist (Complimentary 3-year trial) turn-by-turn navigation directions
  • 12 speakers
  • 13 Mark Levinson speakers
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Interior Image

2021 Lexus LC 500 Exterior

9.1/10

If beauty is a standpoint of comparison, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is one of the best-looking sports cars in its category. The huge front grille coated with chrome pops out and makes this car look muscular. The ground-hugging floor keeps the car centered as well as makes the car feel sportier. From the rear end, the car is a delight to watch. The overall design is eye candy and luxurious as well.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe 

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe seems compact from the front fascia but has extravagant space inside the cabin. Speaking of extravagance, the reinforced carbon fiber plastic roof is an overstatement of luxury and builds quality. The elongated headlamps add character to the front fascia of this car and the fenders bulge outwards. 

Models

Lexus LC 500 Coupe

Jaguar F-Type R coupe

BMW M850i *

Nissan GT-R*

Curb Weight

4340 lbs

3843 lbs

4478 lbs

3933 lbs

Length 

187.4”

176”

191.2”

185.4”

Width

75.6”

74.2”

74.9”

74.6”

Height 

53.0”

51.6”

53”

53.9”

Ground Clearance 

5.2”

3.9”

5”

NA

Wheelbase

113.0”

103.2”

111.1”

109.4”

The Jaguar is the lightest of the bunch giving it an edge in terms of performance and efficiency. Also, it is the closest to the ground, giving it a sporty feel and a low center of gravity, to tackle hard turns and curves.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe 
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe 
2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe 
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2021 Lexus LC 500 Safety

7.0/10

Lexus is famous for its solid build quality and the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is no different. The car’s chassis is made from steel and carbon fiber which is a fraction of the weight and quadruples the strength of the car. the ratings from the crash test aren’t out yet, but the company offers some really good driver-assist features to ease up the ride. The lane assist keeps the car steady and prevents drifting to others. Collision alert is available in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe to prevent the impending collision and safeguard the passengers.

The additional safety features include:-

  • Lexus Safety System+ 
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Intelligent High Beam (IHB)
  • Lane Keep Assist/Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-length side curtain airbags SRS 
  • Front-seat side airbag SRS

2021 Lexus LC 500 Competition

7.9/10

2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe vs Jaguar F-Type R coupe

The Jaguar F-type R is ahead in terms of performance, but the 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is superior in terms of design. The Jaguar is much faster than the Lexus, but the LC 500 is a more efficient and affordable option as compared to the Jaguar.

2021 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe vs BMW M850i 

The BMW M850i is one of the best sports coupes in the market and sure beats the competition in terms of performance. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe emerges victorious in terms of efficiency and the overall interior design and luxury.

2021 BMW M850i

2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe vs Nissan GT-R

The Nissan GT-R is the fastest car on the list. With the turbocharged V8, Nissan pushes the boundaries. However, it pays heavily in terms of fuel economy and could have done a much better job in terms of interiors. The exteriors are designed to handle high speeds and hence there ions competition to that. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 however stands strong in styling and practicality. 

2021 Nissan GT-R

 

2021 Lexus LC 500 Final Verdict

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 coupe is a complete package in terms of performance, design, and luxury. The competition does offer better engine specs, but this is the only car under the $100,000 price tag to be at par with its competition. The 2021 Lexus LC 500 is definitely a good choice if you cannot afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars more on the competitions. The overall experience from inside out is pure luxury and class with a solid tinge of a sporty feel.

Used Lexus LC 500 for Sale


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