2020 Lexus LC Series vs. 2019 BMW 8 Series

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LC Series have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 8 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 8 Series 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.

Both the LC Series and the 8 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LC Series 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 8 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the 8 Series ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the LC 500h Auto gets better fuel mileage than the 8 Series (27 city/35 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

The LC Series’ standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 8 Series (21.7 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The LC Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 8 Series (22.2 vs. 18 gallons).

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus LC Series, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the 8 Series.

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 8 Series doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The LC Series stops shorter than the 8 Series:

LC Series

8 Series

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

161 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LC Series offers optional 21-inch wheels. The 8 Series’ largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the LC Series’ wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the 8 Series (113 inches vs. 111.1 inches).

For better maneuverability, the LC Series’ turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (35.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The LC Series is 3.8 inches shorter than the 8 Series, making the LC Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The LC Series has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 8 Series (85.9 vs. 81).

The LC Series has 3 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Coupe.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 34% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The LC Series has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the LC Series owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the LC Series will cost $1245 to $1340 less than the 8 Series over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus LC Series will be $26555 to $29425 less than for the BMW 8 Series.

Recommendations

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The LC Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The 8 Series has never been an “All Star.”

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