2021 Lexus LC Series vs. 2020 Dodge Challenger

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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 Dodge Challenger doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 Challenger offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 Challenger 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 Challenger doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The LC Series offers optional Intuitive Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 Challenger doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the LC Series and the Challenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The LC Series comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Challenger’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LC Series 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Dodge covers the Challenger. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Challenger ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The LC Series’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Challenger’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the LC Series have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Challenger.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 72 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Dodge is ranked 8th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the LC 500h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid is faster than the Dodge Challenger V6 (automatics tested):

LC Series

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.6 sec

16.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.1 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the LC 500h Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger Auto RWD (26 city/34 hwy vs. 19 city/30 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the LC Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Challenger 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 Challenger doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The LC Series’ standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Challenger (21.7 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The LC Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Challenger (22.2 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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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 Dodge Challenger (1 to 3). This means the LC Series produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Challenger every 15,000 miles.

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 Challenger.

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 Challenger doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the LC Series’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Challenger:

LC Series

Challenger SXT

Challenger Hellcat/Redeye

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

12.6 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14.1 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

The LC Series’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Challenger SXT are solid, not vented.

The LC Series stops much shorter than the Challenger:

LC Series

Challenger

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the LC Series has larger tires than the Challenger (F:245/45R20 & R:275/40R20 vs. 235/55R18).

The LC Series’ standard 245/45R20 front and 275/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Challenger SXT’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LC Series has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Challenger SXT. The LC Series’ optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Challenger.

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 Challenger doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The LC 500 handles at .93 G’s, while the Challenger SXT pulls only .86 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 Challenger Scat Pack (24.6 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .81 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the LC Series Active Rear Steering’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Challenger R/T Scat Pack’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.8 feet).

Chassis

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The LC Series is 10.1 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the LC Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Lexus LC Series amounts to more than styling. The LC Series has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Challenger (.337 to .398). A more efficient exterior helps the LC Series go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the LC Series get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the LC Series has standard flush composite headlights. The Challenger has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The LC Series Convertible uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Challenger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the LC 500h is quieter than the Challenger SRT Hellcat:

LC Series

Challenger

At idle

42 dB

59 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Cargo Capacity

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With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the LC Series offers cargo security. The Challenger’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 77% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the LC Series, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a memory system.

The LC Series’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Challenger doesn’t offer an easy entry 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 Challenger doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The LC Series’ power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Challenger’s parking brake has to released manually.

The LC Series’ standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower both of them with the lock engaged. Dodge does not offer a locking feature on the Challenger’s standard power windows.

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 Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Challenger can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The LC Series has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Challenger doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The LC Series’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Challenger’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the LC Series has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Challenger doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The LC Series’ standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Challenger has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Model Availability

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

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

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