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Started this to answer glb, but hope it’s of interest to others

The 500 and I had our first real road trip this weekend. About 220 miles each way, almost all on interstate. A very enjoyable experience. With no other passengers there was plenty of room, just an overnight bag in the back.

Sport+ felt best. We were in the left lane unless traffic was light or that lane rough. This meant traffic around 80 sometimes groups over 90. Typical stuff. Effortless, good power at these speeds. About all you’d ever need, and could produce some angry noises when passing left lane idiots.

Sure looked great in the restaurant and hotel parking lots. I did notice how great the Infrared looks as light gets low. Dark tones come to be. Delicious.

Sound system clarity and volume adequate. Very sharp and digital, not analog and warm like our Bentley. Still was really fun, some live Grateful Dead on satellite radio full volume brought chills

WAZE on Carplay was nice, but twice it cut out and I had to awkwardly restart it on the phone. Also, it has to be started on the phone before the many notifications about traffic etc are on the screen, or you can give notifications to others. If it is started on the car it can do nav but not the cool WAZE features.

About 1500 miles now so the touchpad has been figured out pretty well. On Spotify it’s just plain awful, so touchy that selecting anything in particular is about impossible. But the main vehicle settings are easy after a few hours of getting used to it.

The seat is good, not perfect, but not too uncomfortable to spend over three hours in.

Overall, this is a great car to travel in. Moves on nicely, comfortable, easy to be proud of. Not a Bentley, not that sense of occasion or old world comfort. But at about 40% the price, the LC is a good place to be. And no list of concerns to worry about.

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This is the car I wanted when I got my IS350 AWD F sport, but it's just not practical enough. I may end up with one anyway!

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Oh Bob, there you go posting about your big slow car! hahaha!!! j/k... that things is VERY VERY NICE!! and she will move quite spiritedly if I do say so myself...

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I enjoyed you getting the hang of those shifters. It is big and heavy. But their idea was to not go for ultimate, just really good.
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I can't wait until they finish designing the front bumper!
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I can't wait until they finish designing the front bumper!
Itís hardly beautiful by anyoneís standard, but not nearly as hideous as all the other Lexus have. Their SUVs are laughable. Itís like they are showing off that people will buy these things no matter how bad they make them look.

The LC does a lot better with it though. In person the 3D quality helps. But I sure agree, canít wait until they give up on this idea.

Infinitys went from nice to awful but are getting better just this year.

Somehow though, people really react to this car. Very similar to the Evora.

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Itís hardly beautiful by anyoneís standard, but not nearly as hideous as all the other Lexus have. Their SUVs are laughable. Itís like they are showing off that people will buy these things no matter how bad they make them look.

The LC does a lot better with it though. In person the 3D quality helps. But I sure agree, canít wait until they give up on this idea.

Infinitys went from nice to awful but are getting better just this year.

Somehow though, people really react to this car. Very similar to the Evora.
I say that in jest, it's not my favorite style, but it doesn't make me want to turn away like the RX. It's really a beautiful car in every other way.
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Thanks for writing this. I've been thinking about getting an LC too. What did you think about the handling? Especially coming from Evora?

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Started this to answer glb, but hope itís of interest to others

The 500 and I had our first real road trip this weekend. About 220 miles each way, almost all on interstate. A very enjoyable experience. With no other passengers there was plenty of room, just an overnight bag in the back.

Sport+ felt best. We were in the left lane unless traffic was light or that lane rough. This meant traffic around 80 sometimes groups over 90. Typical stuff. Effortless, good power at these speeds. About all youíd ever need, and could produce some angry noises when passing left lane idiots.

Sure looked great in the restaurant and hotel parking lots. I did notice how great the Infrared looks as light gets low. Dark tones come to be. Delicious.

Sound system clarity and volume adequate. Very sharp and digital, not analog and warm like our Bentley. Still was really fun, some live Grateful Dead on satellite radio full volume brought chills

WAZE on Carplay was nice, but twice it cut out and I had to awkwardly restart it on the phone. Also, it has to be started on the phone before the many notifications about traffic etc are on the screen, or you can give notifications to others. If it is started on the car it can do nav but not the cool WAZE features.

About 1500 miles now so the touchpad has been figured out pretty well. On Spotify itís just plain awful, so touchy that selecting anything in particular is about impossible. But the main vehicle settings are easy after a few hours of getting used to it.

The seat is good, not perfect, but not too uncomfortable to spend over three hours in.

Overall, this is a great car to travel in. Moves on nicely, comfortable, easy to be proud of. Not a Bentley, not that sense of occasion or old world comfort. But at about 40% the price, the LC is a good place to be. And no list of concerns to worry about.

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There is no comparison. The Evora far and away a better handling sports machine.

Don’t get me wrong though, this Lexus impresses. I have not pushed it hard at all, but throwing it into a tight sweeping on ramp it’s there just fine. But weight does matter.

Best thing about the 500 is the sound. How many naturally aspirated V8s will there be in this world? They have tuned it up for some very satisfying and entertaining auditory fun. Going through a tunnel, the thing barks on downshifts. Sounds like a more sophisticated Mustang when you fire it up in a parking lot.

There’s a lot of competition at $100,000. My dislike for the front end of the 400/410is well known here. Had those had that look of the 430, we would have one in the garage now. Notice that I drove this 500 straight to the Lotus dealer just down the street for the photo.

Lotus will always have their special appeal for many of us here. Very interested to see what direction they go with in the coming years. But in the meantime, a few flings with other strategies for motoring fun.

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The more I drive this car the more I like it. Cruising home the other night and Peter Framptonís anthem ďDo you feel like I do?Ē comes in over satellite. Full volume of course. Made it home, had to sit in the garage with all the takeout food until the music was done. Quite satisfactory.

Watching US Clay Court Championship this weekend. Lexus the primary sponsor.

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I keep bringing this car up because itís something of a competitor to Lotusí offerings. Even a diehard Lotus person like myself choose it over a 400 down the street.

At $100,000 or so itís a competitor. Sure, quite heavy and all that, but Lotus are going to need to provide some of what this car offers.

And Iím sure they will. Looking forward to it.

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It1_fd3s connected me with JayEmm, a fellow who reviews cars professionally, has a bunch of utube posts.

They took off in our LC for a few hours. A few weeks later this was posted


Took it to the dealer for 6 month service today. The young salesman there was convinced nothing handled better or had a nicer interior.

Had to tell him an Evora handles twice as nicely and a Continental is more than twice as nice inside.

He asked which of the three I preferred the most. “Like asking which girlfriend is better!”

But our Honda is still the preferred ride most days. You can see just a bit of its orange fender early in the review.

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Saw one of these for the first time in the flesh at Road America last weekend. My God, what a work of art, both inside and out. Toyota/Lexus can do some incredible things when they put their minds to it.

Years ago, who would of thought, one of the last holdouts for an n/a V8 performance car would be Toyota. What a car.

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