2010 Lexus SC


2010 Lexus SC Performance Review

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


Performance: 6.9

Reviewers assert that the '10 Lexus SC handles well enough for a boulevard cruiser, but falls short of the competition in terms of sports performance.

Acceleration and Power

Auto critics find that the SC's powertrain is smooth and powerful, though sedate. It features a 4.3-liter V8 engine that produces 288 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 317 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. A six-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission is standard. According to Lexus, the SC has a top speed of 149 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The EPA estimates that the SC has a city/highway fuel economy of 16/23 mpg.

  • "Though the 2010 Lexus SC 430 is ancient by modern automotive standards, it still has a silky-smooth powertrain and good acceleration. The exhaust note isn't exactly aggressive, but it's loud enough with the top down to let you know that you've got a V8 under the hood." -- Edmunds
  • "Takeoffs seem sedate, but the refined SC offers good midrange punch and relaxed highway cruising. The transmission delivers smooth, prompt shifts." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Test drivers report that the rear-wheel drive SC handles well for a grand tourer, but lacks the characteristics of a real sports performer.

  • "The softly tuned suspension enables the SC 430 to soak up pavement irregularities like a luxury sedan. All told, this Lexus is still a great choice for leisurely afternoon drives or full-on road trips (provided you can pack light). However, its comfort-biased ride means that those in search of a sporty driving experience should look elsewhere." -- Edmunds
  • "Backing its potent engine and transmission package are driver-selectable stability and traction controls and formidable disc brakes bolstered by Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)." -- Kelley Blue Book

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