2019 Lexus LF-LC Simply when it appears the automotive industry has misplaced its manner with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a easy automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automotive has been the 2019 Lexus LF-LC.
Usually derided by fans as home equipment, the no-frills commuter automotive gets the overwhelming majority of shoppers where they want to go within the manner they want to get there, safely and at a price. The 2019 Lexus LF-LC does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten a little nuts: the average transaction price for a brand new vehicle is more than $37,000, in accordance with Kelley Blue Ebook. Straightforward accountable the automakers in this era of no accountability however we are the ones paying those massive costs for large autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Lexus LF-LC puts every greenback to functional use.
Though it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Lexus LF-LC blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball sport. On closer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears extra composed than the youthful outgoing model that attempted too onerous to be totally different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is extra streamlined and less indignant, and the whole look is smoother front to back. However nonetheless, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Lexus LF-LC within the US is built on Toyota’s twenty years of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.Eight-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Complete output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system makes use of exhaust warmth to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats quicker, too, which could be important for cold-weather shoppers cautious of the cold range loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical automobile.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much as the Prius. Expecting nothing, it has a surprising bit of pop. More importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg mixed, same as hybrid versions of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids with no plug, the 2019 Lexus LF-LC trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around city, with the electronically controlled brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Lexus LF-LC averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week round city. Setting EV mode helps conserve power underneath low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there may be sufficient cost within the battery.
The battery is positioned below the rear seat, so that you don’t lose a lot cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a fair load flooring. Rear seat room is adequate enough to fit two teens, and total it felt roomy sufficient for a household of 4.
The one trim within the Hybrid comes customary with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, with automated emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise management that works both at highway cruising speeds and in commuter traffic from 24 mph down to a stop. It also comes with the eight-inch contact screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to remain aggressive.
Priced at only $three,000 more than the 2019 Lexus LF-LC and $1,200 less than a equally outfitted Honda Perception (EX trim), the 2019 Lexus LF-LC is the perfectly practical, remarkably affordable around-town automotive.
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