The hybrid-powered 2018 LC 500h slightly sours the delightful LC experience in the name of increased fuel economy.
The LC 500h’s electric gadgetry boosts fuel economy but not acceleration or handling like some sporty hybrids do.
The V-8-powered 2018 Lexus LC 500 has the sensual styling of a $200,000 concourse beauty and is a coupe that teeters on the edge of greatness. Its striking good looks make the $92,995 starting price (all prices cited include destination charges) a bargain. It’s also available in a hybrid version, the $97,505 LC 500h I drove for this review, which is a more perplexing proposition.
Its fuel economy skyrockets to an EPA-rated 30 mpg combined, up from the V-8’s 19 mpg. The LC 500h’s hybrid parts aren’t used to elevate acceleration or handling performance over the non-hybrid, which is odd because the LC is a sports car and the current trend among hybrid sports cars is that the... Read More