2010 Lexus SC

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2010 Lexus SC Review

Note: This review was created when the 2010 Lexus SC was new.

Auto writers report that the 2010 Lexus SC 430 makes an outstanding grand tourer, but rivals trump it when it comes to real sports performance. Still, Consumer Reports names the 2010 Lexus SC 430 a "Top Recommendation."

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.0
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Power-retractable convertible hardtop
  • Superb interior fit and finish
  • Long list of standard convenience features
  • Impressive build quality
  • Rivals trump it in sports performance
  • Polarizing body style
  • Useless rear seats
  • Lack of cargo space

2010 Lexus SC Overview

Though the Lexus SC 430 has changed very little since its debut in 2002, it continues to impress with its sleek exterior design, long list of standard interior features and impressive build quality. "If you've reached that stage in life where you're considering buying a luxury convertible, you may have been around long enough to know the phrase "oldie but goodie,'" writes Edmunds. "This is an apt description of the Lexus SC 430."

Not everything, however, is perfect. In addition to a cramped backseat and limited cargo space, the 2010 Lexus SC 430 isn't as performance-oriented as class rivals. Test drivers assert that the 2010 Lexus SC 430 is geared more towards sporty grand touring than all-out sports performance. "Dynamically, it's soft, vague, and jiggly compared with the latest machinery, and a bit pricey," explains Car and Driver. "It is a boulevard cruiser for dawdling sun-seekers." 

Other Sports Cars to Consider

If you're shopping in the class of super luxury sports cars and willing to sacrifice sports performance for a great overall-value, the 2010 Lexus SC 430 is the car for you. Every other vehicle it competes with starts at nearly $10K more.

If, however, you can't do without superior sports performance, check out the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL. Available with two engine options, a 382-horsepower V8 and 510-horsepower V12, the SL is as powerful as it is luxurious. Just keep in mind that power doesn't come cheap. If you're not willing to drop the nearly $100,000 needed to buy a base-model SL, consider shopping in the luxury sports car class instead. There you can find such outstanding sports performers as the 2010 Porsche Boxster and 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK. While neither is as luxurious as the 2010 Lexus SC 430 or its class rivals, both are available with drop-top hard-tops.

Details: 2010 Lexus SC 430

For 2010, the Lexus SC 430 receives a host of electronic upgrades to its already-impressive list of convenience features.

  • "SC 430 is a posh, pleasant, semi-sport convertible with the extra security and convenience of a power metal roof, plus Lexus' highly rated customer service, workmanship, and reliability.  ...  It isn't cheap, but some rivals with similar power and features cost even more." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like other grand-touring roadsters, the Lexus SC 430 hardtop convertible comes stocked with a V-8 engine and plenty of top-shelf accoutrements." -- Cars.com
  • "Still one of the most evocatively styled vehicles in the entire Lexus portfolio, this V-8-powered, rear-wheel-drive 2+2 boasts the ability to transform itself from coupe to convertible at the push of a button." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its hardtop convertible design makes it seem like more of a sports car than it really is. It actually is more of a touring vehicle although not made for family usage. The rear seats are very cramped and cargo space is minimal." -- Carseek
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