I get to make two picks for the 12 Rides of Christmas, so I have technically made three – and here are the next two: The 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h.

Choosing between them is nearly as difficult as telling these fraternal twins apart. There are very few visual differences in these siblings save for subtle badging on the outside and power choice under the hood. And the songs they sing.

Lexus Canada sent the beauties for evaluation, suspecting I think that it would be difficult to choose between them. It was. I fell in love with both of them.

The LC 500 is powered by a 5.0L V8 that belts out a joyously raucous song from 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Under the bonnet of the LC 500h is a 3.5L V6 connected to two electric motors that sings less boisterously but no less enthusiastically with the voice 354 horses.

Both are things of beauty to behold outside and in. Their long, striking coupe shape makes you want to run your hand along its lines. Inside, it’s all leather and suede and the latest in gadgetry to aid and abet a driver in his quest for a fun outing.

Both corner like they are on rails. Both accelerate with grin-producing quickness. Both handle with precision and ride with ease. And both do all of this without being hard on the gas bill.
They’re billed as four-seaters, but they really are suited only for two. The back seat is cramped quarters indeed. But that’s the only drawback to either vehicle.

You see why I choose two here? How could I select one over the other? Do I lean to green? Or do I opt for the real singer of the duo?

If I MUST choose one, I select the LC500 if only for the delightful song it sings. Besides, at $115,000 it’s $3,000 less expensive than its sister.

Until then, where the heck did I put that lottery ticket?-

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Harry Pegg

Harry has been writing about cars and the people who make them for more than 20 years and in that time, he’s driven more than $55 million worth of vehicles. Harry has seen them all, good and bad, and he has seen a lot of the world through a windshield. He’s driven on roads in every province and territory in Canada and every state in the U.S. except Rhode Island and Louisiana. He has also driven in Mexico, France, Italy, Germany and Japan and attended every major (and a few minor) auto shows in North America, plus Frankfurt, Paris and Tokyo. A wily veteran of automotive journalism, he has shivered in the cold of the Arctic Circle, basked on a beach in Hawaii and driven on some of North America’s premiere race tracks. Does Harry have the ideal job? You be the judge.

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