A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Lexus LFA

When it comes to supercars, Lexus probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind. The 2012 Lexus LFA was the automaker’s attempt to change that. It’s a compact coupe that seats two and offers blistering acceleration. However, the price point and lack of brand recognition in the supercar segment have limited visibility.

Key Features

When it comes to features on the 2012 Lexus LFA, “rich” doesn’t quite cut it. The cabin is replete with modern technology. Pop the hood and you’ll find the same. It offers a smart electronics interface, combined with new-school digital gauges and readouts. The steering wheel is made from carbon fiber, and has a flat bottom to ensure that even long-legged drivers can sit comfortably without banging their knees on the wheel. Of course, the V10 engine also ranks very high in terms of features.

Changes for This Model Year

The only change for the new model years is that the LFA is available for outright purchase. In 2011, it could only be leased.

What We Like

Really, it’s pretty safe to say that we like almost everything about the 2012 Lexus LFA. The engine is beyond powerful, and the handling is razor-sharp. The exhaust has a beautiful note to it, and the cabin manages to be both comfortable and racing-inspired. Perhaps the thing we like most is that Lexus lets buyers completely customize their cars (only when buying new, though).

What Concerns Us

While there are lots and lots of things to make you drool about this supercar, there are a few things that might give you pause before buying. Obviously, the incredibly high price point is one of those. It costs more than supercars from automakers with much stronger industry reputations. The transmission is also outdated – it’s a single clutch affair when most automakers are using dual-clutch systems.

Available Models

There is just one trim available for the 2012 Lexus LFA (as if there was a need for a second). This trim offers perks like 20-inch wheels, an integrated navigation system, a 12-speaker audio system, a rearview camera and much more. The car’s powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine with 552 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed manual transmission (automated). Fuel economy is a depressing 11/16 mpg, but if you’re in the market for an LFA, gas consumption is not high on your list of priorities.

Major Recalls

No recalls have been issued for the 2012 Lexus LFA.

Common Issues

Drivers generally don’t complain about anything on the LFA, unless it’s the limited cargo/storage capacity.


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