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The LC Series has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The GranTurismo doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The LC Series has standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
The LC Series’ lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The LC Series’ blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
To help make backing safer, the LC Series’ cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The LC Series’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The LC Series has standard Safety Connect®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the LC Series and the GranTurismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rear parking sensors.
Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LC Series 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Maserati covers the GranTurismo. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the GranTurismo ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The LC Series’ corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the GranTurismo’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).
There are over 2 times as many Lexus dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the LC Series’ warranty.
The LC 500’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 17 more horsepower (471 vs. 454) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (398 vs. 384) than the GranTurismo’s 4.7 DOHC V8.
On the EPA test cycle the LC 500h Auto gets better fuel mileage than the GranTurismo SMG (27 city/35 hwy vs. 13 city/21 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the LC 500 gets better fuel mileage than the GranTurismo Auto (16 city/25 hwy vs. 13 city/21 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the LC Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the LC Series Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The GranTurismo doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lexus LC Series higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Maserati GranTurismo (1). This means the LC Series produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the GranTurismo every 15,000 miles.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus LC Series, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the GranTurismo.
The LC 500h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better stopping power the LC Series’ brake rotors are larger than those on the GranTurismo:
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LC Series offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GranTurismo’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the LC Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the LC Series is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the GranTurismo.
The LC 500 handles at .93 G’s, while the GranTurismo pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The LC 500 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GranTurismo (24.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 25 seconds @ .74 average G’s).
The LC Series is 5.9 inches shorter than the GranTurismo, making the LC Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The LC Series has .3 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the GranTurismo.
With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the LC Series offers cargo security. The GranTurismo’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.
The LC Series has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The LC Series offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The LC Series’ front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The GranTurismo’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.
If the front windows are left open on the LC Series the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Lexus service department.) The driver of the GranTurismo can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Smart Access standard on the LC Series allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Maserati GranTurismo doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the LC Series detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the LC Series keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the LC Series’ optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the LC Series has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The LC Series’ standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The GranTurismo’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.
The LC Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The GranTurismo has never been an “All Star.”
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