Lexus LC: 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist Lexus LC: 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist

We Like: Bold exterior, gorgeous interior, and the car’s overall audacity

We Don’t Like: Bizarre hybrid powertrain strategy, pathetic infotainment system

If Car of the Year were awarded solely on the basis of design, the Lexus LC would drive off with this year’s Golden Calipers. “The design has a lightness and proportion that is nicely gestured and blends with some beautiful surfaces, ” Tom Gale said. Added Chris Theodore: “The Lexus LC 500 is a startling sight on the road, with great proportions and a sleek profile.” However, many questioned the goofy grille, Insane Clown Posse headlights, and bizarrely shaped A-pillar.

Design however, encompasses both the outside and the inside, and the LC 500’s gorgeous interior is about as good as cars get. Said Frank Markus: “I find the finished product striking and engaging—especially on the inside.” As a group, we were smitten by the blue and orange interior trim with white leather seats on the LC 500h. This interior excellence falls apart when it comes to the infotainment system, though. “Congratulations, Lexus, you built the world’s worst user interface,” Christian Seabaugh said.

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Although we all loved the potent naturally aspirated thrills from the brawny 5.0-liter V-8, we decided to take the futuristic hybrid version along as a finalist. Probably a mistake. “Peculiar powertrain strategy in this car,” Frank Markus noted. “I fail to see the payoff of this incredibly complex hybrid. It doesn’t feel anywhere near as fast as the V-8, yet the real-world fuel economy doesn’t seem that impressive either.” Did we mention that the hybrid costs almost $5,000 more than the V-8?

Read about 2018 Car of the Year Contenders:

  • Audi A4 Allroad
  • Audi A5
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Honda Civic Si
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Hyundai Elantra GT
  • Hyundai Ioniq
  • Infiniti Q60
  • Kia Niro
  • Lincoln Continental
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Wagon
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Porsche 718
  • Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • Volvo V90

Read about 2018 Car of the Year Finalists:

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Kia Rio
  • Kia Stinger
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Tesla Model 3