Used Lexus SC430 Open 2001 - 2009 review

Category: Convertible

Section: What is it like?

2001 - 2009 review
Lexus SC430 Open (01 - 09)
  • Lexus SC430 Open (01 - 09)
  • Lexus SC430 Open (01 - 09)
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What's the used Lexus SC sports like?

The SC430 is a low-key offering. Its bulbous shape tells you that this is something Americans might like, but it's less likely to be the choice for Brits who prefer more sleek lines from their coupes.

With that in mind, it's odd that space is limited, particularly in the rear. The rear seats are virtually upright and so small as to be all-but useless.

The SC430 is powered by a smooth and refined 4.3-litre, 282bhp V8 and it will take you from 0-60mph in 6.2sec, which is plenty quick enough. But, other than that, the driving experience is bland and far from engaging. The automatic gearbox feels lazy and reluctant, and the engine note is a little disappointing.

On the open road, the suspension is too stodgy, the turn-in to corners lacks precision and you can feel the chassis flexing on bumpy roads. The dashboard controls, however, are easy to use, but the whole feel of the car is a little boring for an open-top that you might have expected to be a bit more sporting.