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2019 Base 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Coupe
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Price:   -  From $92,300
2019 LC 500h Base 2dr Rear-wheel Drive Coupe Price:   -  From $96,810


Flagship coupes aren't in the showroom because they're hot sellers. It's usually the opposite – lot boys will be running feather dusters over their long hoods and racy rooflines for many a shift before someone actually writes a check for one. But when there's a sinuous Lexus LC coupe sitting pretty in the center of a dealer's showcase, suddenly the practical four-doors nearby look a little more appealing. And when the salesman casually mentions some of the shared technology, well, that ES or RX seems a bit more exotic than it might have otherwise. This is the halo effect a range-topper brings to its manufacturer, and it's one of the primary drivers that brought this big coupe to fruition. Big and quick and captivating, the 2019 Lexus LC certainly won't be mistaken for anything else as it commandeers the best real estate in dealer showrooms.

What's New for 2019

Though the LC debuted only a year ago, Lexus is already tweaking their flagship's finer bits. The 10-speed automatic transmission now uses revised shift points for smoother part-throttle shifts and more forceful gear changes when being run wide open. Engineers also updated the steering box tuning for added steering feel. In respect to standard features, buyers now get Apple CarPlay, navigation, voice command, and in-car wi-fi at no charge.

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Choosing Your Lexus LC 500

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Lexus builds every LC with a whole host of standard features. The biggest decision a buyer has to make is whether they want the V8 LC 500 or the hybrid LC 500h. Beyond that, only a five-package platter is offered to those dining at the finest seat in the Lexus house. The LC 500 begins at $93,225 after a $1,025 destination charge, while the LC 500h starts at $97,735.

As for those engines, it's a good bet that it's the V8 which will be the more popular engine here. Displacing 5.0 liters, it makes a stout 471 horsepower and a less-stout 398 pound-feet of torque. It's enough power to let the LC run from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, but in 2019 that's hardly better than a base V8 Mustang. As smooth and sonorous as the Lexus V8 is, this is a flagship automobile that's wanting for a true flagship powertrain. Is the LFA's V10 still lying around somewhere?

Instead, the optional powertrain is a hybrid variant of Toyota Corporation's 3.5-liter V6. This powertrain isn't unfamiliar around the Lexus stables; it's been available for a while now in a number of Lexus models. Unlike other hybrid Lexus models, the 500h utilizes two different transmissions: a continously variable transmission as well as a four-speed automatic. Together, the two work in concert to provide a wide breadth of capability and effectively encompass all manner of driving styles. In the performance-oriented M mode, this setup works to mimic a 10-speed automatic, and shifts can be actuated by the paddle shifters. The 354-hp 500h can go as fast as 87 mph using only the battery, but Lexus is mum on the total distance that can be achieved with electric power alone.

The Lexus Safety System Plus suite of active-safety features comes standard on both iterations of the LC. It includes the whole gamut of today's active-safety technology, with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, intelligent high beams, lane keeping assist, and pedestrian detection all included.

Both the 500 and 500h come with the same level of standard equipment. On the outside, there's 20-inch wheels, triple-beam LED headlights, puddle lights, and electrochromic exterior mirrors with memory settings. The 500h also gets special blue hybrid badging.

On the inside, buyers will find a cabin appropriately crafted in the grand touring tradition. Ten-way power-adjustable front seats with memory function swaddle occupants, and leather upholstery, ambient lighting, aluminium pedals, an analog clock, and a lighted L-shaped dashboard ornament lend the car a highbrow vibe. Besides the standard black, the LC's innards can be upholstered in red, white, and caramel.

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A 10.3-inch touchscreen controls all multimedia affairs; it boasts navigation, Apple CarPlay functionality, Amazon Alexa intergration, wi-fi, and a host of other Lexus Enform cloud-based services. It also manages the standard 12-speaker audio system, though the acclaimed Mark Levinson system is optional. It includes 13 speakers and pumps out a chest-thumping 915 watts. Other standalone options include 21-inch wheels, a limited-slip differential, and a head-up display.

Both the 500 and 500h are offered with five distinct option packages. The $1,000 Convenience Package comes with intuitive parking assist as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The $250 All-Weather Package throws snow-belt buyers a bone with a heated and leather-trimmed steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer, and an electronic heater. A $1,790 Touring Package bundles the contents of the Convenience Package along with semi-aniline leather, an Alcantara headliner, and the Mark Levinson audio system.

The two available performance packages are simply called Sport and Performance, respectively. The Sport includes the contents of Convenience Package, eight-way power sport seats with Alcantara inserts, and a carbon fiber or glass roof; it costs $1,490 with a glass roof or $2,960 with the carbon roof. The $5,960 Performance Package includes active rear steering, variable gear-ratio steering, a speed-activated rear wing, and carbon-fiber door scuff plates. Note that it also demands purchase of the Sport Package with carbon roof, the limited-slip differential, and the Convenience Package. With all that, the price inflates to an even $10,000.

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Of the two powertrains, we'd stick with the V8 LC 500. This is a car that is all about selfish and immersive experience, and it doesn't get more selfish or immersive than hitting the go pedal and hearing the muted bellow of eight cylinders working in tandem. As for options on the 2019 Lexus LC, the Touring Package is worth the price of admission. Besides the excellent Mark Levinson audio system, those semi-aniline leather seats are soft, supple, and rich in distinction. We'll take ours in Toasted Caramel.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.0L V-8 / 471 HP / 398 ft.lbs.
10-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 25 / 20 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.0L V-8 / 471 HP / 398 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 25 / 20 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
21.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
5.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
86 Cu.ft. / 85 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
187.4 "
Exterior Width
75.6 "
Exterior Height
53.0 "
Front Headroom
37.2 " / 36.8 "
Rear Headroom
32.2 "
Front Legroom
42.0 "
Rear Legroom
32.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
48.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,280 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
17.7 ' / 17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished Forged Aluminum / 21.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Forged Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With Carbon Fibre Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip / Power
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leather / Leather / Alcantara Simulated Suede/leather / Semi-aniline Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Mark Levinson Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
12 / 13 Mark Levinson
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob And Smart Device-as-key
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Lexus Safety System+ Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System (pcs) Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Smart Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
6 Months / 5,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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