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


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Bhavik Sreenath Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 28, 2019


In a word where cars are reduced to means of mobility which are focused on efficiency and feasibility, the LC 500h is a hybrid that ditches all the conventions and stereotypes that we typically associate with a hybrid vehicle and gives us one of the purest expressions of automotive excellence.

 

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Pros

Sharp design language

Tech laden interior

Hybrid Powertrain

Smooth ride quality

Excellent MPG figures

Cons

Sluggish power delivery 

Subtle exhaust note

What's New?

The LC 500h 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

$97460

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

354 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

257 lbs.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

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

4435 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

85.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

4.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

995 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/35 mpg

ev range

599.4 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

777 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


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Exterior
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Interior
 2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Front Arm Rest  2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Front Seats  2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Front Seats  2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Cockpit Area  2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Front Arm Rest

Styles

 2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid in Ultra White color  2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid in Atomic Silver color  2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid in Caviar color  2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid in Liquid Platinum color  2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid in Smoky Granite Mica color
Ultra White

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Interior

7.5

7.3

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Base

Base

power
354hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$97,460


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $97,460 MSRP (27/30/35) 354hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, premium unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


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 aims to take on 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 LC 500h is without a doubt, one of the cleverest cars ever made, courtesy of a state of the art engine and powertrain setup that makes use of state of the art electronic wizardry to combine its two motors and two transmissions in perfect harmony to deliver a driving experience which can rival the biggest luxury brands in the industry in terms of sheer refinement.

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

7.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Features

7.0/10

The 2020 LC 500h is offered in a single feature-packed trim. However, there are various packages to suit your needs and personalize this Lexus.

Trim

LC 500h

MSRP

$97,460

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 500h is only offered in a single trim level but we highly recommend the optional Mark and Levinstein Surround sound system which is one of the best in the industry.

2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Engine

The LC 500h’s drivetrain can be best described as a modern-day technological marvel. This hybrid Grand Tourer makes use of two engines and two transmissions and combines them in complete harmony to deliver a driving experience like no other. 

2020 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Engine Bay

The Multi-Stage Hybrid drivetrain makes use of a 3.5L V6 engine combined with an electric motor to deliver a combined output of 354 horsepower which is delivered to the rear wheels through a complex transmission setup which uses a 4-speed torque converter unit in conjunction with a CVT which simulates six more steps which enables this setup to effectively simulate and act like a 10-speed transmission.

Models

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche Panamera 4E-Hybrid Sedan

Tesla Model S 100D Sedan

MSRP

$97,460

$100,650

$95,200

Engine

3.5L V6

2.9L V6

N/A

Transmission

10 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

1 Speed Direct Drive

Horsepower

354hp @ 6600 rpm

462 hp@ 6000rpm

259 hp@ 6100rpm

Torque

369 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

516 ft-lbs@ 1100 rpm 

243 ft-lbs@ 1rpm

 *2019 Figures used for reference purposes only

This complex drivetrain isn’t ballistic by any means but it is a highly capable drivetrain. The two transmission and two motors manage to work without causing any ruckus and deliver a ride that is undeniably one of the most refined not just in this segment but also in the industry. 

The V6 isn’t the most exciting engine choice especially in a GT car that looks this good but it is plenty fast and is extremely refined which is a surprise considering the fact that this engine is straight out of a popular family saloon car.

The electric motor is also quite helpful especially when it comes to improving the LC’s acceleration figures due to the instant torque delivery but the best thing about this hybrid motor is the MPG figures that its capable of achieving in everyday situations which can even put some economy cars to shame. 

The hybrid power plant also lets the LC 500h drive in pure EV mode which makes it a neighbor-friendly car something that the V8 powered LC 500 si not but if its performance and raw driving pleasure that you are seeking that you will be better off with the 500h’s V8 twin.

How fast is it?

This LC is not going to win any awards for mind-numbing 0 to 60 figures despite the dual-motor power train which is similar to the once used by the McLaren P1 and the La Ferreri.

2020 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid 3rd Quarter View

But it does provide adequate performance courtesy the electric motor which does help in improving the LC’s low-end power.

Models

Lexus LC 500h coupe

Porsche Panamera 4E-Hybrid Sedan

Tesla Model S 100D Sedan 

0-60 MPH

4.8 sec

4.4 sec

2.5 sec

Quarter mile

14 sec

N/A

10.8 sec

Engine

3.5L V6 Hybrid

2.9L V6

3 phase induction motor

Emission 

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

5.9

N/A

N/A

With a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, the LC ain't no slouch but its not exciting either but if you look at the larger picture, the LC isn’t built for the quarter-mile or destroying track records, its meant to effortlessly cruise at motorway speed without endangering the fate of this planet or killing more endangered species by effectively reducing its carbon footprint courtesy its clever hybrid drivetrain.

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 13.3 inch and 12.1-inch rotors for the front and rear respectively,

2020 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Brakes

but the size does not help with the feedback department as the brakes feel wooden at most points which could do with some TLC.

Model

Lexus LC 500h coupe

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sedan 

Tesla Model S 100D Sedan

Brake Front (in.)

13.3

15.4

14

Brake Rear (in.)

12.1

14.4

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4435

4784

4647

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112

N/A

N/A

The hybrid LC isn’t required to use brakes as big as its V8 powered sibling due to two reasons. The first being the fact the hybrid LC is slower than its V8 sibling and second being the fact that the electric motor also brings in regenerative braking which effectively uses the electric motor as a brake which also recharges the batteries in the process. 

How well does it embrace 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 500h does manage to hold its ground quite well. The suspension setup onboard the LC 500h is arguably one of the most comfortable and sublime iterations of an adaptive suspension setup which can rival and even excel many of the luxury cars in the market featuring state of the art air suspension setup.

2020 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid 3rd Quarter view

The suspension setup is tuned to absorb most of the undulations and irregularities that the roads can throw at it to deliver an experience that only a Rolls-Royce or a Bently would be able to match.

2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Fuel Economy

The 500h can be best described as the LC 500’s alter ego. The little h badge on this Lexus completely changes the soul of this vehicle. Unlike the LC 500’s naturally aspirated V8, the smaller hybrid V6 powertrain makes the LC one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. 

Model

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche Panamera 4E Hybrid Sedan

Tesla Model S 100D Sedan 

MPG (city)

26

N/A

101 (full charge)

MPG (highway)

35

N/A

102 (full charge)

MPG (combined)

30

22

102 (full charge)

Range (miles) (city/highway)

437/593

N/A

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

22.2

21.1

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The combined fuel efficiency figures that the LC 500h is capable of delivering can rival most modern-day economical family cars that are designed to be as fuel-efficient as possible. The hybrid powertrain also lets the LC potter around town in full electric mode which makes it ideal for those who want the sensibility of a hybrid but are looking for something with a little more sex appeal than the Prius.

2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Interior

7.5/10

The LC 500h’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 500h Hybrid Seats

The rear bench onboard the LC 500h 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.

Model

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sedan

Tesla Model S 100D

Passenger capacity

4

4

5

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

37.2/56.5/42.0

37.9/51.8/NA

38.8/57.7/43.7

Second 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

32.2/49.0/32.5

36.4/50.3/34.1

35.3/55.0/35.4

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.

What's there to keep you entertained?

  • 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 controls
  • 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 4.7 cubic feet cargo bay which is even lower than the V8 powered LC 500 as the heavy battery packs eat into the boot floor and the tailgate opening is too narrow to fit any symmetrically made mid-sized suitcase.

Model

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid sedan

Tesla Model S 100D Sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

4.7

14.8

31.6

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 500h interior
2020 Lexus LC 500h interior
2020 Lexus LC 500h interior
2020 Lexus LC 500h HUD
2020 Lexus LC 500h seats

2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Exterior

The Design of the LC 500h 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 500h, tonnes of presence. The Lights on the LC 500h 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 500h Hybrid 3rd Quarter View

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.

Model

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sedan

Tesla Model S 100D Sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

4435

4784

4647

Length(in)

187.4

198.8

196

Width(in)

75.6

76.3

77.3

Height(in)

53.0

56.0

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.2

N/A

4.6

Wheelbase (in)

113.0

116.1

116.5

Track width (in) F/R

64.2/64.4

65.8/65

65.4/66.9

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 500h and add to the vehicle’s futuristic theme.

The only way to distinguish the 500h from the V8 powered LC 500 is the blue “h” badging at the back of the vehicle and the Lexus logo which features blue surrounds in this iteration.

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 
Lexus LC 500h Exterior
Lexus LC 500h Exterior
Lexus LC 500h Exterior
Lexus LC 500h Exterior
Lexus LC 500h Exterior

2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Safety

Lexus is a brand that gives foremost importance to occupant 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 500h which adds cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring as a part of the standard kit. Some of the 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 500h hybrid Competition

Lexus LC 500h vs Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sedan

The Porsche is what you get when a brand decides to showcase all of its cutting edge techs by shoving it in a single car and we are glad that they made this. The Lexus 500h is no match for Porsche’s performance but these two vehicles are designed to do completely different things. The only thing that these two have in common is the hybrid drivetrain which makes them comparable on some levels but if practicality and performance are what you are looking for, then the Porsche is for you but if making a style statement is your cup of tea then the LC will definitely do the trick.

2020 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sedan
2020 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sedan

 

2020 Lexus LC 500h hybrid Final Verdict

Should you buy the LC 500h?

The LC 500h 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 powertrain setup that earn it a spot amongst some of the most technologically advanced vehicles of this era. 

The sensibility of the hybrid drivetrain combined with its 22nd-century looks makes it the perfect iteration of future that can be enjoyed in this day and age.