1996 Lexus SC300

  • 1996 Lexus SC300 Base Coupe

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1996 Lexus SC300 Review

The king of luxury sport coupes.

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The 1996 Lexus SC300 classifies as a sporty coupe designed for the luxury market. It provides high performance without sacrificing comfort and luxury in the process. The SC300 makes a good option for a driver who would normally want a smaller, sporty, two-seat vehicle, but still wants the option to carry more than one passenger. In terms of comfort, the SC300 mostly avoids the comfort issues typically found in smaller coupes. Drivers have trouble squeezing three passengers in the rear seat, but two passengers fit comfortably thanks to adequate legroom. The Lexus SC300 also contains all of the features expected in a luxury vehicle. It can get the driver around comfortably, albeit at the expense of one less rear passenger compared to most luxury sedans.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lexus SC300

What's New

The 1996 Lexus SC300 comes with a larger number of optional features than previously models.


Even though the 1996 Lexus SC300 mainly competes with high-end sedans, Lexus uses a smaller, sleeker coupe body for this vehicle. Somewhat unusual for a coupe, it offers a fair amount of optional features that have a noticeable impact on the look. A power moonroof, a rear spoiler, and chrome wheels remain available as optional features.


The interior of the SC300 remains a little smaller than many other vehicles in the same price range, but it still manages to comfortably seat four counting the driver. The interior of the 1996 Lexus SC300 feels quite luxurious, which drivers expect from Lexus. Leather seats, cruise control, power steering, leather trim, and automatic climate control all come standard. Heated seats, power seats, an auto-dimming rear-mirror, a CD changer, and a Nakamichi audio system provide options.

Performance & Handling

Performance marks one of the strongest aspects of the Lexus SC300. The three-liter, six-cylinder engine gives the SC300 more power than most vehicles on the road. It offers fast acceleration and a higher top speed than normal. The SC300 also offers superior handling, allowing it to quickly maneuver and turn on roadways. The Lexus SC400 outperforms the 1996 Lexus SC300 due to its more powerful engine, but the SC300 still represents an impressive vehicle in its own right.


The standard safety features on the 1996 Lexus SC300 include dual front airbags and anti-lock brakes, which most buyers expect from this type of vehicle. Traction control can be added as an optional feature, which automatically regulates the brake and throttle to reduce sliding in less favorable conditions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus SC300: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Cheaper than most similar vehicles
  • High-quality build

You Won't Like

  • Less luxury features than similarly performing vehicles
  • Worse value than some of the competition
  • Less powerful than the Lexus SC400

Sum Up

The king of luxury sport coupes.

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