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

Superb build and reliability, excellent refinement, smooth V8 engine

CONS

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

At a glance

New price £52,507 - £61,975
Used price £1,985 - £11,510
Fuel economy 23 - 24 mpg
Road tax cost £325 - £570
Insurance group 47 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Superb build and reliability, excellent refinement, smooth V8 engine

CONS

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

Lexus SC rivals

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.

Lexus SC rivals