2.5 out of 5 2.5
Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5
Lexus SC (01-09) - rated 2.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £52,507 - £61,975
Used price £2,640 - £14,170
Used monthly cost From £66 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £340 - £600
Insurance group 47 How much is it to insure?


Superb build and reliability, excellent refinement, smooth V8 engine


Ugly styling, poor economy, lifeless steering, dull to drive, impractical

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Written by David Ross on

Lexus is better known for luxury and refinement rather than keen handling sports cars. That's evident in the SC. It may be a two-seater convertible but it's more at home cruising along rather than being hustled down twisting roads. On paper it seems a good proposition with a 280bhp V8 engine and a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds, but in everyday driving it feels cumbersome, not helped by the ponderous automatic gearbox.

That said, there's not denying the superb build quality, plus Lexus reliability comes as standard. It's also very well equipped while the metal-folding roof folds away neatly and is more secure a fabric hood. However, it feels dated alongside it's main alternatives and is expensive to run.

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