For many drivers, a convertible is their dream car. There’s something alluring about putting the top down, and feeling the wind blowing through your hair.
The 2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible is one of the most anticipated vehicles to hit the market in 2021, and it’s already drawing in a lot of attention. But is the LC 500 your new dream convertible, or is it too good to be true? Edmunds has all the details.
Critics can’t say enough good things about the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible
The Lexus LC 500 first hit the showrooms in 2018, and it quickly became one of the Japanese automaker’s top vehicles. It was small, but fast and expensive looking. Lexus even released a hybrid model known as the LC500h.
Now Lexus is releasing a convertible version of the LC 500 for 2021. Like all Lexus vehicles, it’s been inspired by tea and the art of paper folding, and the attention to the small details is astonishing.
Edmunds was especially impressed with the way the LC 500 drives, and stated,
“From behind the wheel, the LC 500 convertible feels just as smooth and refined as the coupe, with just a bit more road noise emanating through the convertible soft top. On rougher roads, it doesn’t feel quite as buttoned down as the coupe, but it’s still plenty comfortable thanks to well-shaped seats and a compliant but athletic ride.”
There’s a lot to love about the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible
Lexus is known for being one of the top luxury brands that pairs expensive materials with reliability, and it shows in the LC 500 convertible. Rather than going with cheap materials, Lexus has invested in creating a car that oozes luxury.
The LC 500 convertible is equipped with a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 that gets 471 hp, and 398 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that drives from the rear.
The 2021 Lexus LC 500 is also loaded with plenty of standard features. It includes: Power-operated soft-top, power-adjustable front seats, 2 USB ports, keyless entry with push-button start, 12-speaker audio system, 10.3-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration. You also get a 4G LTE Wi-Fi, but it (requires AT&T subscription after trial period ends.
There’s plenty of safety features as well. With the Lexus LC 500 convertible, you’ll get: Adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and active rolls bars that deploy automatically during a collision
The soft top is also very nice. Those who have owned a convertible know that the extra freedom it gives you comes with a lot of road noise, but it’s not that bad on the 2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible. The soft top does allow more noise in than its coupe counterpart, but it’s not a noticeable difference. If you’re judging it by convertible terms, then the LC 500 is shockingly quiet.
The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is just shy of perfection
Not all is perfect with the 2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible. Edmunds has three complaints that might just be frustrating enough to turn some potential owners away.
The first problem Edmunds has is the touchpad. It’s incredibly frustrating to use, and is decidedly unfriendly to users. This probably won’t come as a surprise to most Lexus owners, as the Japanese automaker seems to have an issue with developing a decent infotainment system, as evidenced by the lackluster system on the LX.
The second complaint was the trunk. It doesn’t hold much cargo, and there’s not exactly a lot of space in the interior. This may mean that you’ll have to pack light on your next road trip, but that’s probably not a deal-breaker. For most people who shop for a convertible, cargo space is probably not at the forefront of their mind.
The third thing Edmunds wasn’t pleased about was the fact that the 2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible isn’t very customizable. If you’re curious about the trim levels, the short answer is that there is no trim levels. You have one option of what you’ll get, and that’s it.
There’s also no hybrid option, either, but Edmunds didn’t really mind that. The powerful V8 engine is superior to the hybrid version in every way, so it’s not that big of a loss.