TodayApril 15, 2022

2020 Lexus LC 500h Review, Pricing, and Specs

What’s New for the 2020 Lexus LC 500h

Interior Updates:
MID now includes the “Check Fuel Cap” indicator
We have reversed tone changes from intermittent to single.

Blind Spot Monitor and Side Mirrors with BSM Indicator now standard.

Enhancements include:
▪ New Nori Green exterior available only on Inspiration Series
▪ New Bespoke Saddle Tan interior
▪ Premium leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
▪ L-Aniline leather front seats with NuLuxe rear seats, in place of Semi-Aniline.
▪ Unique Inspiration stainless-steel scuff plates
▪ Card key in addition to two key fobs
▪ Navigation (NV) and Color Head-up Display (HUD) included

Can a $100,000 sports car get more extravagant than a flare yellow exterior with black accents? Maybe a Ferrari would dare to do so, but a Lexus? The rules of the game are changing.

2020 Lexus LC 500h front
2020 Lexus LC 500h front

While many people think that a vehicle has to be a V8 to be a supercar, more people buy full-electric supercars that can best a 0-60 V8 every day of the week. Toyota Corp, including Lexus, has not gone full-electric yet, sticking with their tried and true hybrid.

Lexus LC 500h specs

The 0-60 for the LC 500h is an impressive 4.7 seconds. The Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine utilizes D-4S direct fuel injection for optimum efficiency while the lightweight valvetrain with Dual VVT-i ensures ample torque across the engine speed range. Moreover, the system keeps the planetary-type continuously variable transmission from Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive and adds a unique four-speed automatic transmission. The two gearsets alter the output in four stages to utilize the V6 engine across the entire speed range.

The Multistage Hybrid System allows for more electric assist at lower vehicle speeds, and it enables the LC 500h to operate with the gasoline engine off at speeds of up to 87 mph.

The combined system output is 354 hp. With the Multistage Hybrid System, the power from the V6 engine and the electric motor can be amplified by the 4-speed automatic transmission, generating much higher drive power when accelerating. The LC 500h uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery. The battery pack fits neatly between the rear seats and the luggage compartment and has a high-power density, with its 84 cells producing 310.8 volts.

2020 Lexus LC 500h styling
2020 Lexus LC 500h styling

What does all this mean? A boldly designed two-door four-seat luxury coupe, a distinctive handsome interior, dynamic performance that easily gave me over 33 miles per gallon. It is a joy to drive.

Available exterior colors for the LC 500 include Caviar, Obsidian, Smoky Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Liquid Platinum, Ultra White, Infrared, Autumn Shimmer, Nightfall Mica, and Flare Yellow.

2020 Lexus LC 500h Competitors:

Competitors include the BMW M850i, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, and Jaguar F-Type, oh, and the 2020 Lexus LC 500.

2020 Lexus LC 500h pricing and specs

Model: 2020 Lexus LC 500h
MSRP: From $97,460 (invoice started at $97,510)
as tested $104,540
MPG: 27 city / 35 highway (as tested 33 mpg combined)
Horsepower: 354 hp
Torque: 369 lb-ft
Engine: 3.5 L V6
Fuel tank capacity: 22.2 gal
Curb weight: 4,435 lbs
0-60 mph Acceleration (mfg. results) 4.7 sec.

2020 Lexus LC 500h interior
2020 Lexus LC 500h interior
Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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