Quick Take: 2018 Lexus LC 500h

I took a All-Star winning Lexus LC 500 home from Las Vegas following a week of contrast and usually fell deeper in adore with a Infrared-colored coupe. When we was handed a pivotal to this 2018 Lexus LC 500h, we wondered right divided if this touring-oriented hybrid was even in a same locus as a V-8 powered GT we voted to be an All-Star.

This indicate of analysis burnt in a behind of my mind during my time behind a circle a Atomic Silver tester. Its distinguished pattern was lauded even by a possess pattern editor Robert Cumberford during a 2018 All-Stars judging, and this model’s interior, that Lexus calls “Semi-Aniline Perforated Leather,” is monumental with beautiful blue, orange, and white materials.

It seems to do all right in a pattern department, though what unequivocally caused my oddity was a highway manners. Fortunately, there’s a lot to love. The exquisite steering weight and feel we desired in a V-8 various stays and as a result, a LC 500h is still a fun to scheme on behind roads. Acceleration from Lexus’ Multi-Stage Hybrid complement is punchy and immediate. A 3.5-liter V-6 combines with an electric engine around a heavenly rigging complement for a net outlay of 354 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The rear-wheel expostulate automobile rotates out of corners with glorious physique control.

Like other Lexus models a LC 500h has a engorgement of configurable expostulate settings: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sport, and Sport+. Such an contentment of choice would be strenuous n many interior blueprint formats, though a petiole mounted above and to a right of a steering circle on a instrument cluster cover allows options to be comparison with minimal input. As an LA driver, we acquire a flexibility: it’s good to be means to crack from Sport to Comfort in situations where eager pushing gets cut brief by a stream of red taillights.

I had difficulty removing anywhere nearby a settled 26 city and 35 highway mpg—probably since a coupe is so fun to rope around in Sport or Sport+ mode. I’m certain it wouldn’t be tough to accomplish if we gathering with reduction enthusiasm. When we got stranded in a unavoidable L.A. traffic, we did take a time to fiddle with a Eco setting. It’s a useful apparatus drivers looking to save fuel by bearing a electric engine on and gripping a gas engine asleep and felt reduction flabby a same environment in a Lexus RC F we gathering to and from SEMA in 2017.

Buyers will still be saddled with a Lexus Enform system, that facilities an comparison apartment of graphics. Despite this, a infancy of a system’s apps offer allied capability to other Luxury infotainment consoles. Menu navigation around a hold pad is a zephyr interjection to a target-locking cursor and haptic feedback. The Mark Levinson speakers broach good peculiarity and low levels of highway sound yield a good cocoon for prolonged trips.

Quality of life in a cabin is also softened interjection to a blueprint that both embraces creation and common-sense. Most controls are located where a hands tumble naturally, and there aren’t buttons and switches in astonishing places. The outcome is a some-more focused driver, with many settings adjustments executable with a duration peek divided from a highway during most, if not but even looking during a controls. The cabin also offers a decent bit of nooks and crannies for storage.

The sum sum adult to an knowledge that doesn’t feel like a punishment for pushing a hybrid. There’s a present torque off a line from a electric motor, a decent 6,600 rpm redline from a gas engine, and rewarding dynamics that inspire a energetic drive. The 2018 Lexus LC 500h trades a V-8 version’s museum for fuel economy but withdrawal most pushing fun out of a package.

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