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2012 Lexus LFA

$329,876 — $731,660 USED
Coupe
2 Seats
13 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.6) 5 reviews

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential
  • Lightweight design

The Bad

  • Conventional manual transmission not offered
  • Probably won't ever see one on the street

What to Know

about the 2012 Lexus LFA
  • All-new Lexus supercar
  • 552-hp V-10 engine
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Carbon fiber chassis, body
  • Shoulder-belt airbags

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder reviews the 2012 Lexus LFA.

Vehicle Overview

Lexus takes aim at the supercar market with its LFA sports car, which should offer competition for models like the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Murcielago and Aston Martin DBS. A limited run of 500 copies of the 552-horsepower LFA will be built beginning in December 2010 over the course of two years, and it will be priced at approximately $350,000.

Exterior
The wedgelike shape of the LFA hasn't changed all that much since the car was first shown in concept form a few years ago. Its design actually calls to mind one of Toyota's fabled sports cars of the past — the Supra — but with more angular styling.

The LFA features dramatic rear-end styling that's defined by thin taillights set atop large grates extending down to the bumper. A unique tailpipe arrangement — three exhaust tips set in the middle of the car below the bumper — further distinguish the LFA. A powered rear wing deploys when the car reaches 50 mph, and the LFA also has a rear diffuser for enhanced handling performance.

Twenty-inch forged aluminum wheels are standard, and they're fitted with ultra-low-profile tires.
Interior
There are hints of current Lexus models in the LFA's two-seat cabin, as its dash vents are similar to those in the brand's RX luxury crossover, and it features Lexus' Remote Touch joystick-like interface for operating the navigation and entertainment systems. That said, the overall design of the interior is distin...

Vehicle Overview

Lexus takes aim at the supercar market with its LFA sports car, which should offer competition for models like the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Murcielago and Aston Martin DBS. A limited run of 500 copies of the 552-horsepower LFA will be built beginning in December 2010 over the course of two years, and it will be priced at approximately $350,000.

Exterior
The wedgelike shape of the LFA hasn't changed all that much since the car was first shown in concept form a few years ago. Its design actually calls to mind one of Toyota's fabled sports cars of the past — the Supra — but with more angular styling.

The LFA features dramatic rear-end styling that's defined by thin taillights set atop large grates extending down to the bumper. A unique tailpipe arrangement — three exhaust tips set in the middle of the car below the bumper — further distinguish the LFA. A powered rear wing deploys when the car reaches 50 mph, and the LFA also has a rear diffuser for enhanced handling performance.

Twenty-inch forged aluminum wheels are standard, and they're fitted with ultra-low-profile tires.
Interior
There are hints of current Lexus models in the LFA's two-seat cabin, as its dash vents are similar to those in the brand's RX luxury crossover, and it features Lexus' Remote Touch joystick-like interface for operating the navigation and entertainment systems. That said, the overall design of the interior is distinct, with the driver's seat serving as the focal point.

The driver faces a large circular digital instrument panel that incorporates a circular tachometer, digital speedometer, gear counter and additional car information. The tachometer fades to red when engine speed passes 9,000 rpm, alerting the driver that it's time to shift. The heated leather bucket seats feature power adjustment.
Under the Hood
The rear-wheel-drive LFA's 4.8-liter V-10 engine makes 552 hp at 8,700 rpm and 354 pounds-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. The LFA weighs around 3,300 pounds, which is fairly light, and Lexus claims the car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 202 mph.

The V-10 teams with a six-speed automated manual transmission that includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel for manual control. The speed at which gear changes occur can be tailored by the driver, and the transmission includes four modes — including an automatic mode — for various driving conditions.
Safety
Safety features include an electronic stability system, traction control, antilock brakes, a driver's knee airbag and airbags integrated into the shoulder belts.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
5 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

best cars ever

by thart on February 27, 2017

Most reliable cars! I have not owned this car but have spokrn to many lexus owners. And they all praise this car. Read full review

(5.0)

Greatest car I have ever driven.

by LFASAL on April 9, 2015

This car is AMAZING no other word for it. I smooth like a luxury car on the highway and when you take it around a corner it turns better than any lambo or Ferrari I have ever driven. And then there ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Lexus LFA currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Lexus LFA has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The LFA received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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