The 2009 Lexus SC hasn't changed much since its debut in 2002, while its elegant interior, sleek power retractable hardtop and impressive list of convenience features once made it a compelling choice. Unfortunately for the SC, competitors now offer similar features, plus rear sports performance. Competitors that are also super luxury sports cars with a convertible hardtop and all around better sports performance are the Cadillac XLR and Mercedes-Benz SL.
Both are significantly more expensive than the 2009 SC, but are also more powerful and capable machines. The 2009 Lexus SC handles well enough for a boulevard cruiser, but falls short of the competition in terms of sports performance. Auto critics report that the SC's powertrain is smooth and powerful. The SC features a 4.3 liter V8 engine that produces 288 horsepower. A six speed sequential shift automatic transmission is standard. The EPA estimates that the SC has a 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
The exterior of the SC has caused some to either love it or hate it, but all can agree that its power retractable hardtop is cool. The hardtop is made of lightweight aluminum and is fully lined and incorporates a glass rear window with defroster. It also provides the soundproofing and security of a conventional coupe. Inside, the 2009 SC's cabin features high quality materials and an impressive array of convenience features, but the SC only seats two and lacks adequate cargo room. The front seats are comfortable, but set low and lack support.
The backseats, however, offer no redeeming qualities and are only suitable for stowing small briefcases. The interior does feature a long list of standard convenience features, especially its Mark Levinson sound system. The SC comes in a singular trim that is loaded for luxury, and its nine speaker sound system helps achieve that.