Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500h


You won’t find another hybrid vehicle quite like the 2018 Lexus LC 500h. With sleek grand tourer styling and performance to match, it bears little in common with the hybrid models that debuted 20 years ago.

Except, of course, that it leverages the hybrid technology that its parent company, Toyota, has been honing over the last two decades. It’s the best of both worlds, and it’s even better in person.

Visit us in El Monte, California to test drive the LC 500h, and read our full review below to get all the details:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Lexus LC 500h melds a highly capable 3.5-liter V6 engine with an electric motor, utilizing the breakthrough Lexus Multistage Hybrid Drive system to optimize performance between the two energy sources. It also features the first-ever multistage transmission for Lexus, giving you instant torque for head-turning performance at the gate.

Adaptive Variable Suspension, Drive Mode Select, aluminum pedals, magnesium paddle shifters, and LFA-inspired instrumentation are standard on all LC models. It’s available with a TORSEN limited-slip rear differential.

The hybrid powertrain makes a net 354 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the LC 500h gets 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway, and goes more than 665 miles on a full tank.

Convenience and Entertainment

The 2018 LC comes standard with leather seating, a glass roof with sunshade, dual-zone automatic climate control with Climate Concierge, heated and ventilated power front seats, rain-sensing wipers, SmartAccess key system, and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors. Additionally, it features the Lexus Navigation System with a 10.3-inch display, Remote Touchpad controls, 12-speaker Premium Audio, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps (Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote).

The LC 500h has the exclusive option for an electronic heater. Other available features include a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, Alcantara headliner, semi-aniline leather trimmed seating, carbon fiber roof, and the Mark Levinson 13-speaker Surround Sound Audio System.

Driver Assistance Technology

Lexus puts safety first, even in its performance vehicles. All LC models come standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights. Additionally, the coupe features a Vehicle Dynamics Management System, eight airbags, a backup camera, and Bluetooth hands-free technology.

The Convenience Package adds Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and you can add a Heads-Up Display as an individual option.

The LC 500h blends luxury and practicality, so visit us today to reserve your model before they leave our showroom. Our staff is ready to take you for a test drive and answer any of your lingering questions.


Starting at $96,510 MSRP


Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

There’s nothing quite like driving a luxury sports coupe through the hills of Los Angeles, and drivers who want to live the dream can do so today by visiting Longo Lexus.

You may even be surprised to learn that one of our most fun-to-drive models is also one of our least expensive, so there’s no excuse not to come take a 2017 Lexus RC Turbo for a test drive. Check out our full review, then visit us for the full experience:

Performance and Accessories

Under the hood, the 2017 RC Turbo has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 7.3 seconds. According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2017 RC is the most fuel-efficient cars in its class, getting a combined 26 MPG.

The 2017 RC is also available with the F Sport package, which includes specially tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension and Sport S+ drive mode, two-piece front brake rotors with high-friction brake pads, a Vehicle Dynamics Management System with Sport mode, turbo-boost gauge, active sound control, and 19-inch split-10-spoke alloy wheels. In Sport mode, a G-force sensor kicks in to choose the best gear for performance, making you feel like a professional behind the wheel.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2017 Lexus RC comes standard with NuLuxe interior trim, dual-zone climate control, a tilting/telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, Lexus Display Audio, premium 10-speaker audio, Bluetooth wireless tech, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, all models are available with a power moonroof.

Talk to your Longo Lexus rep about the features available in the Premium, Luxury, Navigation, Navigation + Mark Levinson Audio, All Weather, and F Sport packages. Premium interior options include heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather trim, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat and mirrors, heated steering wheel, 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, and a Navigation System with DVD/CD player, multimedia display, and Lexus Enform App Suite.

F Sport accessories also include F Sport seats with enhanced bolsters, perforated leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, LFA-inspired instrumentation, and interior detailing.

Safety and Technology

Each model of the 2017 Lexus RC is equipped with Scout GPS Link navigation, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling, LED daytime running lights, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote. All models are also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, LED foglamps, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.


Starting at $40,155 MSRP

Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 BMW 6 Series


Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 BMW 6 Series

Lexus never settles for “good enough,” so you can expect every new model from the automaker to not only best its predecessors, but the competition as well. Case in point: the 2018 LC 500, a luxury coupe with cutting edge design and performance that’s hard to beat.

Los Angeles drivers who want to know how this new Lexus model stacks up against the BMW 650i should check out our full one-to-one comparison:


Lexus LC 500

The all-new LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to a class-leading 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes an impressive 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque for the ultimate in acceleration and control. In fact, this luxury coupe takes you from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. (Those of you looking for fuel efficiency will be happy to know that the 2018 LC also comes in a hybrid model – the 500h – that makes 354 horsepower and has a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds.)

BMW 650i

Under the hood, the 2017 BMW 650i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It accelerates to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds. While the BMW 6 Series does not include a hybrid model, the 640i gets up to 29 MPG, but sacrifices a good amount of horsepower.


Lexus LC 500

The 2018 LC 500 comes standard with a Pioneer audio system with high-mounted widescreen display, as well as a suite of active safety technology, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, and Lane-Keeping Assist. It also features a fixed glass panel roof, LED headlamps, magnesium paddle shifters, and a 12-speaker audio system. Available styling features include a carbon-fiber roof panel, semi-aniline leather or Alcantara trim, and speed-activated rear spoiler, all available with the Performance Package.

Drivers may also opt for the Convenience Package, which includes Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The Touring Package includes leather-trimmed front seats, Alcantara headliner, and Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System. Additionally, the LC 500 comes available with a Torsen Limited-Slip Rear Differential and Color Heads-Up Display.

BMW 650i

The 2017 650i has standard infotainment with navigation and 10.2-inch display, iDrive controller, dynamic cruise control, and rearview camera. It also features leather and wood accents, xenon headlamps, Nappa leather seating, 20-way power adjustable front seats, and 12-speaker audio system.
Drivers have the option to add the Executive Package, which includes ventilated front seating, soft-close doors, and Heads-Up Display. There’s also available Bang & Olufsen sound system, Adaptive Drive, high-gloss black exterior accents, and bi-color 20-inch alloy wheels.


Lexus LC 500

Starting at $92,000 MSRP

BMW 650i

Starting at $89,000 MSRP