2010 Lexus SC430

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2010 Lexus SC430 Review

Quality luxury convertible is put to rest

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2010 Lexus SC 430 is a midsize four-seat luxury convertible with a power-retractable hardtop. Powered by a 4.3-liter V-8 engine with 288 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual control, the Lexus SC430 is equipped with rear-wheel drive.

Characterized by a highly refined power train, a smooth ride, excellent build quality, and solid reliability, the 2010 Lexus SC 430 boasts an extensive list of standard features, including adaptive xenon headlights, fog lamps, heated auto-dimming outside mirrors, leather upholstery, wood trim, power-adjustable heated front seats, driver memory functions, and dual-zone automatic climate control. EPA- rated fuel economy puts it in the 16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway range.

New for 2010

The 2010 Lexus SC 430 gets updated dark-finish 18-inch alloy wheels, integrated puddle lamps in the side mirrors, and an upgraded navigation/audio interface with a refreshed display, real-time traffic and weather, satellite radio, iPod/USB connectivity, and Bluetooth audio.

Essentials

Engine: 4.3L V-8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Body Style: Convertible
Trim: Base Convertible

On the Outside

The exterior of the Lexus SC 430 is characterized by low-key lines and traditional styling cues of the "oldie but goodie" nature. There are so many standard features that only two options are available: run-flat tires and a rear spoiler.

From the Inside

The interior of the Lexus SC 430 has such an extensive array of standard features, including real wood, leather, and power everything, that no options are offered in the cabin area.

Driving Performance

The Lexus SC 430's 288 horsepower V-8 engine with 317 pound-feet of torque, coupled to the six-speed automatic transmission, is smooth, but the suspension is tuned for comfort not handling. The SC 430 can turn in 5.8 seconds on the zero-to-60, races the quarter mile in 14.3 seconds, and tops out at 149 mph.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the Lexus SC 430 include dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and dual front knee airbags. Also standard are antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, stability control, and traction control.

Gas Mileage

16 mpg city/23 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Smooth V-8 engine
  • Luxury interior
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Outstanding standard features

Minuses

  • Lack of sport suspension
  • Outdated styling
  • A little chassis noise

Rating

Quality luxury convertible is put to rest

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