2023 Lexus LC Review, Pricing, and Specs


Every time we drive a Lexus LC we find ourselves ruminating over its libido-stimulating looks and sumptuously rich interior. We’re reminded that it excels at providing a smooth ride and a strong sense of occasion rather than all-out alpha-dog performance. We can be content with a vehicle that likens itself to a rich, dry Japanese sake versus the pallet-punching shot of German Jägermeister that’s delivered by cars like the BMW M8 and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Peak exhilaration and lap-time-setting prowess are not this car’s reason for being. But if you’re looking to glide gracefully to “Smooth Operator” in some of the sexiest sheetmetal on the road—both coupe and convertible versions are equally gorgeous—you’ll find a lot of satisfaction behind the wheel of an LC.

What’s New for 2023?

The Lexus LC family goes unchanged for the 2023 model year, save for the addition of a Cloudburst Gray exterior color option, which replaces the Smokey Granite hue. Everything else is carried over from the previous model year, including an exterior design that exudes passion and a V-8 with a soulful sound and the right amount of power to pair nicely with the LC500’s smooth, temperate demeanor.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

LC500 convertible

$95,000 (est)

$96,000 (est)

LC500 coupe Bespoke Build

$99,000 (est)

LC500h coupe

$101,000 (est)

LC500h coupe Bespoke Build

$105,000 (est)

We prefer the nonhybrid LC500 model over the heavier and pricier LC500h hybrid. We also recommend the Touring package, which includes semi-aniline leather upholstery, a faux-suede headliner, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system, parking sensors, a windshield wiper de-icing feature, and a heated steering wheel. The question now becomes whether to stick with the coupe or go for the convertible. The answer to that lies with your own personal preference because we can see the appeal of both. Lexus also offers you the chance to individualize your LC with the Bespoke Build option. Available only on LC coupes, it enables you to mix and match a host of special features in nine of the car’s areas ranging from paint to roof material (carbon fiber or glass) to wheel size and design, to seat material and more—to build yourself a one-off LC.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The beating heart of the standard LC500 is Lexus’s high-performance 5.0-liter V-8, which belts out 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Paired only with a quick-shifting-yet-smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, it produces glorious internal-combustion rock ‘n’ roll that is as pleasing to the ears as the rest of the LC is to the eyes. The other powertrain offered is the LC500h‘s 354-hp gas-electric drivetrain, which combines a 3.5-liter V-6, a pair of electric motors, a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery, and a unique continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that somewhat mimics the action of a 10-speed automatic. There’s minimal body roll and good balance to the Lexus’s handling, and the ride quality is excellent considering the huge 21-inch wheels that our test cars wore. The variable-steering and adaptive rear-wheel-steering systems included with the Performance package notably enhance the quickness of the LC’s helm and the car’s general responsiveness. Yet the standard chassis setup is a better fit for the car’s GT comportment and feels more natural without impeding the LC’s tactility. We’d advise saving the money and sticking with the base chassis. Throwing out the LC’s anchor comes via a firm and progressive brake pedal and big, fade-free brakes at each wheel.

More on the LC Coupe and Convertible

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The LC500 tips the scales at a weight that’s more like that of a three-row SUV than a lithe sports car; it’s hundreds of pounds heavier than its main competition—which means its EPA estimates are not impressive. Despite the LC500h weighing even more than its sibling, being a hybrid earns it much more favorable figures, particularly in the city where its electric assistance comes into play. With the LC500 exceeding its highway estimate by 4 mpg in our testing (29 mpg observed) and the LC500h falling well short of its 34-mpg figure at 30 mpg (as hybrids usually do on the interstate), the fuel-economy difference between the two in cross-country travel was largely a wash. For more information about the LC’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Lexus LC500 interior is a special place, with a great driving position, rich materials, beautiful craftsmanship, excellent front seats, and loads of technology. Some of its ergonomics can be fussy in practice, but the overall ambience suits the LC’s concept-car looks. Fit-and-finish is excellent and the optional sport seats are true thrones of spinal support. Certain elements require some acclimation, including the funky, Toyota Prius–like electronic shift lever. The LC’s compact trunk and the non-folding rear seats limit its storage space to 5 cubic feet, which is only enough for holding two of our carry-on cases. As attractive as the LC’s cabin is, there are not many cubbies for stashing loose items. The center console, however, is adequately sized, and its lid can be adjusted to reveal a second cupholder.

The Car and Driver Difference

Infotainment and Connectivity

While Lexus’s Enform infotainment system may be packed with features and tech, it is one of our least favorite systems on the market due to its clunky touchpad controller, which requires too much attention from the driver to operate safely while driving. Navigation and a host of apps are all standard fare in the LC’s Enform infotainment suite that includes a mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

How to Buy and Maintain a Car

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Along with eight air bags for its relatively compact cabin, the LC boasts a healthy roster of standard and available driver-assistance technologies. For more information about the LC’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring
  • Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Lexus’s warranty plan for the LC is pretty solid among luxury coupes, with substantial powertrain coverage for both internal-combustion and hybrid components. It’s short of the best in terms of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles
  • Hybrid components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles



2019 Lexus LC500


front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe


$97,040 (base price: $92,300)


DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

303 cu in, 4969 cc

471 hp @ 7100 rpm

398 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm


10-speed automatic with manual shifting mode


Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.7-in vented disc/14.1-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza T005 RFT, F: 245/45R-20 99Y R: 275/40R-20 102Y


Wheelbase: 113.0 in
Length: 187.4 in
Width: 75.6 in
Height: 53.0 in
Passenger volume: 80 cu ft
Cargo volume: 5 cu ft
Curb weight: 4371 lb


Zero to 60 mph: 4.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 10.8 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 18.0 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.0 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.2 sec @ 111 mph
Top speed (governor limited, mfr’s claim): 168 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.88 g


Observed: 17 mpg


Combined/city/highway: 19/16/25 mpg

2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible


front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door convertible


$113,420 (base price: $102,125)


DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 303 in3, 4969 cm3; Power: 471 hp @ 7100 rpm; Torque:398 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm


10-speed automatic


Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink; Brakes (F/R): 15.7-in vented disc/14.1-in vented disc; Tires: Michelin Pilot. Super Sport ZP, F: 245/40R-21 96Y R: 275/35R-21 99Y


Wheelbase: 113.0 in
Length: 187.4 in
Width: 75.6 in
Height: 53.1 in
Passenger volume: 75 ft3
Trunk volume: 3 ft3
Curb weight: 4476 lb


60 mph: 4.6 sec
100 mph: 10.5 sec
130 mph: 17.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
1/4 mile: 13.0 sec @ 112 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 168 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.92 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.


75-mph highway driving: 32 mpg
Highway range: 690 miles


Combined/city/highway: 18/15/25 mpg


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