I'm the first to scream when you can't #GiveAShift in a car, but a three-pedal setup in the LC 500 would feel out of place. When it was announced that the LC 500 had a 10-speed automatic transmission, I rolled my eyes. Why would you need that many gears? How will it not get confused? Turns out, my concerns were unwarranted. The transmission shifts quickly, never seems to get confused, and responds exactly as I wanted it to. Unfortunately, it's a bit harsh in stop-and-go traffic, making it difficult to be a completely smooth driver no matter which of the car's modes you are in. While there are paddle shifters, they are magnesium that feel like cheap plastic bits tacked onto the back of the steering wheel—the lone letdown in the LC 500's interior. Lexus absolutely knows how to build proper, quality paddle shifters—the LFA had a pair. Hey Lexus, dig those out of the parts bin when you have a second, please.
It doesn't shrink
The LC 500 doesn't feature any of Porsche's black magic. It's big, it's heavy at 4,280 pounds, and there's no engineered magic to make it dance around corners. Push the car faster and it doesn't shrink, and you'll never, ever forget how much heft you're moving around. It feels solid, but it's a grand touring machine—not a sports car.
Car Seat in 2018 Lexus LC 500Enlarge Photo
Yes, car seats fit
Whether any LC 500 owner will ever wonder whether car seats will fit into the rear seat, or try, is debatable. But before placing that bet, know this: you can fit a car seat in the back seat of the LC 500. My Britax high-backed booster seat fit inside with ease. As for a rear-facing convertible car seat, your mileage will vary, but only the most compact setups will stand a chance.
Hope you like attention
The Lexus LC 500 gets attention—if that's what you're looking for. It looks like tomorrow's concept car, today. What did you expect? It draws a lot of attention both going down the road and when sitting in a parking lot. Kids and adults alike flock to the LC 500.
Horrible infotainment system
The 10.3-inch infotainment screen with split-screen capability is nice, but it's the clumsy interface that fails spectacularly. The main navigational input for this screen is a touchpad behind the gear selector. Whomever thought that was a good idea is only second next to the guy that thought controlling other Lexus vehicle's infotainment systems with a mouse while in a moving vehicle was a good idea. Spoiler: Both are half-baked ideas, and the implementation is just as bad as you'd imagine. Trying to control a screen with only a touchpad isn't easy while stationary, and beyond distracting while blasting down the freeway surrounded by traffic.
Bonus round: You're going to want one
If you grew up in the '90s you might feel it's weird to lust after a Lexus. Fast-forward to 2017 and if you see or slide behind the wheel of the LC 500, I think your passions will change. This isn't your dad's 1990 LS sedan.