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Lexus SC 430 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.3 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 288 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Lexus SC 430

  • The 2007 Lexus SC 430 is built for comfort and leisurely weekend jaunts. For a luxury convertible that's also entertaining to drive, you'll need to look elsewhere.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Retractable hardtop, quiet V8 engine, bulletproof Lexus quality.

  • Cons

    Cargo space is virtually non-existent, cramped rear seats, some may consider its performance overly leisurely and non-sporty.

  • What's New for 2007

    Driver and passenger knee airbags are standard this year, and the front passenger seat now has an occupant detection sensor for airbag deactivation.

Full 2007 Lexus SC 430 Review

What's New for 2007

Driver and passenger knee airbags are standard this year, and the front passenger seat now has an occupant detection sensor for airbag deactivation.


Since its debut six years ago, the Lexus SC 430 luxury convertible has won over a fair amount of shoppers due to its distinctive retractable-hardtop design, easygoing demeanor and reputation for quality. The elegant interior features genuine wood trim and a long list of standard features, including 10-way power heated seats, a navigation system, wireless cell phone connectivity and automatic climate control. In fact, the list of standard equipment is so thorough that the SC 430 only comes in one trim level.

Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks. For one, there is virtually no cargo space. The trunk is small, and with the top down that space shrinks even more. The rear seats are essentially just for show; even small children will be annoyed with the lack of legroom. And although the 2007 Lexus SC 430 boasts a 288-horsepower V8 engine, a sport-oriented suspension design and rear-wheel drive, it simply does not provide much inspiration. For those wanting a convertible that's more fun to drive or available with the latest techno-gadgets, the BMW 6 Series, Jaguar XK or Mercedes CLK will likely be better choices.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Lexus SC 430 is a luxury convertible. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, adaptive HID headlights, heated outside mirrors, a navigation system, leather seats, driver and passenger memory functions, premium audio system, automatic climate control and either bird's eye maple or walnut trim. With a press of a button, the aluminum-alloy roof rises to provide shelter from the vagaries of the environment. Once closed, the top seals tight to transform the SC 430 into a hardtop coupe possessing superior wind noise suppression. The only factory options for the SC 430 include a rear spoiler, run-flat tires and different wheels. The limited-production Pebble Beach edition, which features special paint, unique interior finishing and 18-inch alloy wheels, is also available this year.

Powertrains and Performance

The Lexus SC 430 is powered by a 4.3-liter V8 engine that produces 288 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque. Driven by a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift, the SC 430 achieves a 0-60-mph time of 5.8 seconds.


The 2007 Lexus SC 430 comes equipped with antilock brakes with brake assist. Traction control, stability control, front side airbags, knee-protecting airbags and a tire-pressure monitoring system are also included.

Interior Design and Special Features

With the push of a button, the retractable hardtop transforms the SC 430 from a coupe to a convertible in approximately 21 seconds. Inside, the interior is elegant and luxurious, as one would expect. It features real wood and generous amounts of supple leather throughout the cabin. Unfortunately, the trunk is a tad small as it holds only 8.8 cubic feet of cargo. By adding run-flat tires and ditching the spare in the trunk, space is increased to 9.4 cubic feet. Once you put the top down, cargo space decreases even more. Additionally, the SC's rear seats are basically just for show rather than actual use.

Driving Impressions

Despite its aging design, the 2007 Lexus SC 430 is still one of the best luxury convertibles for general around-town cruising. The engine climbs to redline without any strain and the exhaust note is extremely subdued. The suspension filters out every bump in the road in its attempt to maintain civility at all times. This, however, results in less responsive driver feedback and reduced confidence when pushing the car hard through corners.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Can't ask for more!

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 6A)

Traded in my RX300 with this SC430 new in 2007. Three years & 34,000 miles later, I have not had any problems with this car. Black Sapphire exterior and Camel leather interior turns head anywhere I go. Had to change the tires at the 26000-mile mark. With depreciation and maintenance be ready to have a $1000 a month expense on this car. It's worth every dime!

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2007 sc430 pebble beach edition

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 6A)

Purchased this car used with only 7000 miles. This car has exceeded my expectations in all respects. The engineering, fit and finish are beyond reproach. The only concern is the run flat tires. I got the P.B. Edition and love it. I doesn't compare to Porsche, but wasn't designed to do so. A great car for me at 66 yrs.

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Run flat tires

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 6A)

I love driving this car but I have serious problems with tires separating from the rim. Within the last 4 months, I had to replace 3 tires at $400 each. The car does not even have 15K on it. I am an experienced driver but have never experienced such a problem. I believe that the Dunlap run flat tires are of an inferior quality and need improvement. Lexus dealer informed me that these tires are much thinner on the outer portion of the tire. Maybe that is the problem but we as consumers should not suffer from that! When one buys a $65,000 car, he or she should expect quality including the quality of the tires.

My midlife dream car!!!

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 6A)

Just bought a lightly used '07 with 4000 miles. Just love it! The interior stands up against the Mercedes SL while being $40k less. Wanted a luxurious, smooth ride, with pep when I want it. This car is absolutely perfect! And the reliability of Lexus makes it a real no-brainer!

Looks arent everything

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 6A)

I had recently bought the Lexus SC430 and I truly hate this car. I have the rare pebble beach edition too. The first problem was that my left headlamp fell off while I was driving on the highway. Lexus said that it was due to driver neglegance. Then my power top got stuck halfway closed they did replace it. Then my alternator went bad I've been through six already. Then three days ago my brakes let go coming up my driveway. The car is nice looking yes but its very unrealiable. Then my whole instrument panel stopped working. That cost me $1,100 dollars because it wasn't covered. I also have a Cadillac STS-V and that gets better mpg than the Lexus. Im trading this in for a most likely a Cadillac.

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Sc 430 lexus

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Vehicle: 2007 Lexus SC 430 2dr Convertible (4.3L 8cyl 6A)

Great car!I am very happy with features and quality of this car. Keep up the quality.

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Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 23
  • highway
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