2021 Lexus LC Series vs. 2020 Ferrari GTC4Lusso

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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 Ferrari GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

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 GTC4Lusso’s 3-year/100,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LC Series 3 years longer than Ferrari covers the GTC4Lusso. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the GTC4Lusso ends after only 3 years.

The LC Series’ corrosion warranty is 3 years and unlimited miles longer than the GTC4Lusso’s (6/unlimited vs. 3/100,000).

There are over 6 times as many Lexus dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the LC Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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The battery on the LC Series is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the LC Series’ battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GTC4Lusso’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the LC 500h Auto gets better fuel mileage than the GTC4Lusso T SMG (26 city/34 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the LC 500 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the GTC4Lusso T RWD Auto (16 city/25 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the LC Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

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 Ferrari GTC4Lusso (3). This means the LC Series produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the GTC4Lusso 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 a seven-speed automatic is available for the GTC4Lusso.

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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The LC Series has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LC Series offers optional 21-inch wheels. The GTC4Lusso’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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Chassis

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The LC Series is 6.4 inches shorter than the GTC4Lusso, making the LC Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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 GTC4Lusso’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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The LC Series’ entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The GTC4Lusso has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The LC Series’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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. Ferrari does not offer a locking feature on the GTC4Lusso’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 GTC4Lusso’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The LC Series’ standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GTC4Lusso’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 GTC4Lusso can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

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The Lexus LC Series comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Ferrari GTC4Lusso 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 GTC4Lusso has never been an “All Star.”

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