Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus LC 500h Hybrid Luxury Coupe

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Up front, the traditional Lexus spindle grille has a new gradient mesh design and the arrowhead daytime running lights and ultra-slim triple LED headlights create a unique lighting signature for the LC line.


Open the door using the unique pop-out door handle, step inside, and prepare for launch.

The driver-oriented cockpit, floating door handles, and center grab handle add to the feeling that this is more jet airplane than mere motorcar. Ergonomics are just about perfect. The placement of switches, knobs, buttons, and dials is just right with the exception of those for heated or cooled seats, which are accessible only via the central display.

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Lexus’ Takumi, the Japanese term for “artisans,” paid close attention to every last detail. The heavily bolstered driver’s seat was so comfortable I wanted an office chair version of it and the unique steering wheel design was developed by a Takumi master driver who tested and retested it until each section of the wheel became the ideal shape to suit how a driver’s grip and hand position change while steering.

The 8” LCD instrument cluster is a masterpiece of design: the most important information is closest to the driver’s sightline and the HUD is head-and-shoulders (pun intended) above any other we’ve seen in presenting the driver with key information.

Finally, Lexus’s next-generation Remote Touch Interface touchpad control was much easier to use than the manufacturer’s previous joysticks and it clearly heralds what is to come in improved interface design.

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