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Lexus LC500 Coupe review – MPG and running costs

Lexus’s legendary reliability should keep running costs to a minimum

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  • Superb chassis balance; substantially improved ride and damping; engine; interior; design
  • Transmission the weak link; infotainment still iffy; hybrid nothing like as good as the V8

The obvious response here is that if MPG and running costs are a consideration, then the LC500h is the better bet. The hybrid will achieve around 35mpg depending on its driving environment, with the V8 some 10mpg off that figure. Drive gently with either and these figures are achievable, mind, and thanks to its lack of forced induction, they won’t drop quite as dramatically as in other cars if you drive hard. 

If build quality and reliability are a big draw, then Lexus's typically flawless record is another plus point within the package. The 2UR V8 engine is also noted in all its global applications as superly dependable, be that in a Lexus saloon in the USA or body-on-frame SUV. Parts pricing is also therefore reasonable, and the engine's relative simplicity also helps in this regard.

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