2019 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Lexus LC Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Camaro and the LC Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camaro for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the LC Series.

There are over 12 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Camaro has more powerful engines than the LC Series:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

275 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Camaro 3.6 DOHC V6

335 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

Camaro SS 6.2 V8

455 HP

455 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

LC 500 5.0 DOHC V8

471 HP

398 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro SS 6.2 V8 is faster than the LC 500 5.0 DOHC V8 (automatics tested):

 

Camaro

LC Series

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.9 sec

10.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

112 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the LC 500 5.0 DOHC V8 (automatics tested):

 

Camaro

LC Series

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

13 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

109.8 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8 is faster than the LC 500h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid (automatics tested):

 

Camaro

LC Series

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.2 sec

8.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.4 sec

14.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

1.4 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

125 MPH

99.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camaro SS Auto V8 gets better fuel mileage than the LC 500 (17 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/26 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The LC Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The LC Series requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The LC Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The LC Series doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Camaro’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The LC Series doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The Camaro stops much shorter than the LC Series:

 

Camaro

LC Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

91 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the LC Series (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:245/45R20 & R:275/40R20).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LC Series’ optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The LC Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Camaro offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The LC Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the LC 500h pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.2 seconds quicker than the LC 500h (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 26.1 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 950 pounds less than the Lexus LC Series.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the LC Series is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 7.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the LC Series (93 vs. 85.9).

The Camaro Coupe has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more rear headroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the LC Series.

Cargo Capacity

The Camaro Coupe has a much larger trunk than the LC Series (9.1 vs. 5.4 cubic feet).

The Camaro Coupe’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The LC Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The LC Series does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Camaro has standard extendable sun visors. The LC Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Camaro with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The LC Series’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Model Availability

The Chevrolet Camaro comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Lexus LC Series isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The LC Series isn’t in the top three.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 3 years. The LC Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The LC Series has never been chosen.

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The LC Series has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Lexus LC Series by over 27 to one during 2017.

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