1997 Lexus SC300

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1997 Lexus SC300 Review

A smooth operator that offers a plush ride.

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The 1997 Lexus SC300 is a two-wheel-drive luxury coupe. Designed to compete with other marquee luxury coupes like the Infiniti M30, Acura Legend, and Mercedes-Benz SL, the Lexus SC300 complements the super successful flagship Lexus LS400. While some sport luxury coupes look like mini boats, the SC300 went a different route with its design. It's small but sleek and super sexy. Its inline six-cylinder engine gets up to 225 horsepower, making this luxury coupe incredibly fun to drive. This is an ideal mix of stylish looks, luxury, performance, and dependability.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 3.0-liter I-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Lexus SC300

What's New

The 1997 Lexus SC300 hits the market with some relatively minor interior and exterior enhancements.


The 1997 Lexus SC300 is a head turner thanks to its body style. It's built low to the ground, and its elegant sweeping curves are eye catching. Its body possesses almost no straight edges whatsoever, and the optional rear spoiler is highly recommended for anyone desiring a more sporty-looking luxury coupe. The gold Lexus emblem decorates the front, back, and all four wheels to remind everyone that the owner is riding in luxury.

The 1997 SC300 has a curb weight just over 3500 pounds. This luxury sedan rides a 106-inch wheelbase, is 192.5 inches long, 71 inches wide, and 53 inches tall. The car has rack and pinion steering, fully independent suspension, and 16-inch tires. It comes standard with alloy wheels, power windows, power locks, a keyless entry system, auto headlights, a five-speed manual transmission, and a full-size spare tire. Options include traction control, a four-speed automatic transmission, chrome wheels, a rear spoiler, and auto dimming exterior mirrors.


The 1997 Lexus SC300 is where the word ""luxury"" really comes into play. It can accommodate up to four people with incredibly comfortable seats that can be adjusted to a mind-numbing array of seating positions. It comes standard with cloth upholstery seats, but leather seats are available as an option. Rear legroom is cramped at just 27.2 inches. The backseat as a whole is tiny and not particularly comfortable for two adult passengers. Ergonomics are first rate with everything fitting together nicely. The controls are logically place, illuminated, simple to use, and can be easily seen. The air-conditioning keeps the cabin area comfortable and cool, all without zapping power from the engine.

The 1997 Lexus SC300 comes standard with cruise control, tachometer, tilt steering, air-conditioning, power adjustable driver and front passenger seat, AM/FM radio with cassette player, and intermittent windshield wipers. Available options include a CD changer, power driver seat with memory, Nakamichi audio system, and an auto dim rear view mirror.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Lexus SC300 possesses great driving dynamics. It has superb handling and brakes. It practically hugs the road and will very rarely ever lose grip, unless there is extreme cornering involved. It's relatively quiet, but its tires may bring about more road noise than Lexus drivers are typically accustomed to have. The inline six-cylinder engine is smooth and provides excellent acceleration.


The 1997 Lexus SC300 comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and an anti-theft alarm system. No available NHTSA crash test data is available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lexus SC300: 19/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sleek attractive styling
  • Willing performance
  • Option of automatic transmission
  • Comfortable seats
  • Plush ride

You Won't Like

  • Small backseat, very little rear legroom
  • Cup holder position near armrest
  • Optional leather seating rips easily
  • Expensive

Sum Up

A smooth operator that offers a plush ride.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Infiniti M30
  • Acura Legend
  • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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