2021 Lexus LC


A Lexus coupe or convertible might be the best way to take a hammer to that ginormous change jug or piggy bank you’ve had going since elementary school. An 84-month loan would be OK, too, we guess.

For less than $100,000, the 2021 Lexus LC has all the standard touches expected from a car that so clearly wants to be an Aston or Benz SL, and the infotainment is a mild positive despite a fidgety input channel. We give it a 7 for features.

Every version has a 10-speaker audio system, 10-way power front seats, 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitors, and a 10.3-inch display with Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bluetooth, and Amazon Alexa integration—but no Android Auto. Hybrids add almost $5,000 to the price, while the convertible costs at least $102,025. 

Coupes can be fitted with a glass roof; convertibles have a fabric folding top that raises or lowers within about 15 seconds.

Options include an impressive 915-watt Mark Levinson audio system, 21-inch wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, and a Touring package with semi-aniline leather. Coupes also can come with the handling package, which bundles the Torsen differential, rear-wheel steering, 21-inch wheels, and sport seats.

Apple CarPlay saves the LC infotainment system from its messy self. The touchpad interface pairs with clunky menu structures, and CarPlay resolves enough of that to shine a light on its wide, crisp screen. 

Lexus sells the LC with a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty that doesn’t include maintenance as many rivals do.

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