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2017 Car of the Year runner-up the epic Lexus LC 500h

When you think of hybrids, you think of Toyota. The Prius reset expectations for what consumers could expect from fuel-economy and emissions when it arrived on the scene nearly 20 years ago.Since then, Toyota has expanded its hybrid offerings, taking the tech out of the familiar Prius form and installing it in sedans and SUVs. Now a version of the system has been dropped into a high-performance Lexus sports car, the LC 500h.

Initially some thought the looks weren’t particularly show-stopping, but every single person who laid their eyes on this marvel on the street begged to differ.The controversial Lexus “spindle” grille. It works on some vehicles, such as the LC and the Lexus SUVs, but it’s less successful on the brand’s sedan

The controversial Lexus "spindle" grille. It works on some vehicles, such as the LC and the Lexus SUVs, but it's less successful on the brand's sedans.

Grille, headlights, and Lexus badge are all in proportion for the LC. The overall design is aggressive. This bold coupé starts strong in the front with swept-back headlights and huge scoops then narrows through the door-line before

 

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Widening to a pair of athletic rear haunches and a pair of rectangular exhaust pipes. The LC 500h might be a hybrid, but its looks get you coming and going.

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The LC 500h is a hefty car, at almost 4,500 lbs. With a 0-60 mph time of just over five seconds, this machine is quick without being blisteringly fast. But the weight means that solid brakes are essential. Bottom line is that what we have here is a proper GT, powerful but also capable of comfortable cruising.

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The dark-leather interior provides abundant comfort, if severely limited space. The driver and passenger will be relatively content, and the seats are supportive and well bolstered.

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This steering wheel is fantastic. Leather-wrapped, perforated, and with nice big shifting paddles. As you can see, the overall vibe in here is rich and subdued, with the leather counterpointed by brushed-metal trim

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The market for such machines is small but significant, as far as branding, influence, and direction are concerned. The LC 500 is a “talker” — a car whose reputation will increasingly precede it. And a very good reputation it will be: this might be the best high-performance car Lexus has ever built.

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